London is known and revered for its theatre and during the summer months one of the city’s foremost forms of entertainment takes on a new, dynamic edge. One of the great things about this time of year if you’re a theatre buff is the number of open-air plays which make the most of the warmer weather.
Whether you’re a dedicated theatre fan or simply want to experience something new during your stay in the city, here’s our round-up of the best offerings set to tread the boards at Regent’s Park and The Globe this June…
Best shows at The Globe
Shakespeare’s Globe is arguably the central hub of theatre in London, as the home of England’s foremost literary figure. With its distinctive structure designed to replicate Shakespeare’s original playhouse, the Globe provides a hugely atmospheric setting for open-air theatre while staying at the Park Grand Paddington London.
Henry IV Part 2
8th May – 11th October 2019
Debuting as part of The Globe’s flagship summer season, this staging of Henry IV Part 2 features key Shakespearian characters like Prince Hal and Falstaff, and focuses on an almighty struggle between duty to the nation and the personal wishes of all players. One of Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular productions, this is a fantastic way to see it as the playwright intended while taking advantage of London hotels special offers this June.
17th June – 21st August 2019
Another of Shakespeare’s most significant plays, Twelfth Night will be playing at The Globe throughout the summer, and is noted as featuring some of the playwright’s best-known songs and poetry, woven throughout the tale of two shipwrecks seeking a new home. For fans of classical theatre at the Park Grand Paddington London, there is no better way to experience the thrill of what it must have been like to see the play during its earliest run.
Best shows at Regent’s Park
It isn’t just the Globe where visitors can catch up on great open-air theatre, as Regent’s Park also provides summer productions like nowhere else in the city. Set within stunning natural surroundings, the venue was first established in 1932 and has grown from strength to strength ever since.
Hansel and Gretel
14th June – 22nd June 2019
Created in collaboration with the English National Opera, this production of Hansel and Gretel was devised by Engelbert Humperdinck, and tells the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale in an all-new, operatic style. With musical numbers performed in English, attendees can expect world-class musical talent and staging, including a full orchestra.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
28th June – 27th July 2019
This production arrives late in June, but is well worth the wait. There are few plays which work so well in an outdoor setting, and the Regent’s Park staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a chance to catch Shakespeare at its very best. With resonant performances and fantastical themes, this is a great way to experience true theatre while staying in London.