Event: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Location: Regent's Park, NW1
The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre season is one of the cultural highlights of the London summer; theatre in the atmospheric setting of one of the city’s best parks. With twinkly fairy lights, a picnic lawn, barbeque and bar, watching top quality theatre under stars is one of the joys of summer.
This year’s offerings include the American play All My Sons, the comedy Hobson’s Choice, Twelfth Night re-imagined for children, and Gershwin classic Porgy and Bess. Details as follows:
All My Sons (until 7th June) – Arthur Miller’s World War II-era drama.
Hobson’s Choice (12th June to 12th July) – sixties comedy by Harold Brighouse about a Lancashire boot-shop owner and his daughter’s decision to wed, starring Mark Benton.
Twelfth Night Re-imagined (21st June to 12th July) – A good introduction to Shakespeare for kids, this production has been re-written to appeal to everyone from the age of six and above. A follow-on from last year’s production of The Winter’s Tale Re-imagined (see 2013 FT review to get an idea).
Porgy and Bess (17th July to 23rd August) – the last two productions are both set in America’s deep south, the Gershwins’ musical or folk opera about life on Catfish Row in Charleston, and it includes the lovely Summertime.
To Kill A Mockingbird (28th August to 13th September) – it may be off the English school syllabus, but Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning story of lawyer Atticus Finch’s battle against racial inequality is back at Regents Park after wowing the critics last year (see the 2013 Daily Telegraph review).