What better way to celebrate summer than by watching a theatre or opera performance held in the great outdoors? On a warm evening, with a breeze blowing and the birds singing, it’s a great place to be. London locations such as Regent’s Park are well known for open-air performances, but there are venues across the capital offering theatre and opera outdoors. And with shows taking place throughout the summer, there’s sure to be something to suit your tastes.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre hosts To Kill A Mockingbird, until June 15, before Pride and Prejudice hits the stage from June 20 to July 20. The Winter’s Tale runs from June 29 until July 20, while The Sound of Music is on from July 25 to September 7.
The Scoop is an outdoor amphitheatre located close to Tower Bridge on the south side of the Thames. Every Wednesday in August it will host two free evening shows, Prince of Thebes - a blend of comedy, adventure, music and puppetry for all ages that tells the story of a young Oedipus. Later in the evening, Oedipus and Antigone
follows the adult Oedipus and his children, chronicling the downfall of the Theban Royal family.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking to enjoy some open-air opera, head to Holland Park this summer. This year’s season includes seven different operas, including Madama Butterfly, L’elisir d’amore, Pagliacci and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Performances are held under a temporary canopy, but with open sides, so you’re not completely cut off from the summer evening.
Why not add to the special experience by booking into a 5 star boutique hotel in London. Montcalm London Marble Arch and Montcalm at The Brewery London City are both conveniently located for London’s outdoor theatres.