Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre was built in 1932 and is situated in the Inner Circle of central London’s famous Regent’s Park, close to Baker Street tube station.

The list of theatrical greats who have performed at this 1240 seat venue is huge, and includes such luminaries as Vivian Leigh and Michael Gambon.

The first production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was Twelfth Night, which played there in 1932. Among the countless notable shows to have graced its stage since then are Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew and The Card. But the Open Air Theatre is most closely associated with its signature summer production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Today, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre enjoys consistent success and is known as a unique and beautiful place in which to see Shakespeare plays, one-off concert performances and musicals. 

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a permanent outdoor theatre that runs a sixteen week season every year between May and September.

The theatre first came about after the sudden closure of an unsuccessful play by Italian dictator Mussolini. A ‘black and white’ production of Twelfth Night was quickly thrown together at the Noël Coward Theatre before it was transferred to an improvised theatre in Regents Park. The following year saw the first full season at the outdoor venue, featuring the previous year’s Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The layout, size and atmosphere of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre make it the perfect place to make the most of the English summer. Grab a picnic and some wine and catch some live theatre in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Recent successes include Hello Dolly!, Macbeth, Crazy for You, Ragtime the Musical and, of course, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Whatever you decide to see at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit. 

Tickets are non-refundable in the event of cancellation because of the weather but may be exchanged in accordance with the Weather Policy.