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Open Air Theatres
In the hope of some sunnier weather to come, Jenny Greenwood selects four of London’s top open-air theatres and festivals. From Shakespeare to street theatre, enjoy some of the city’s most extraordinary productions while basking in the warmth of London’s summer nights
2A More London Riverside
During the coming summer months make sure you see one of the free events at The Scoop, the outdoor amphitheatre at More London. Seating 800 people, The Scoop produces free outdoor entertainment from films, music and theatre to local community events and activities.
121 Harley St
Now in its 80th season, Regents Park Open Air Theatre is now a firm fixture in the summer arts calendar. Expect an eclectic mix of productions from Ragtime The Musical to Shakespeare’s mythical love story A Midsummer Nights Dream. Seating 1,240 people, the Open Air Theatre is London largest and most popular open air spaces.
London SE1 9PX
National Theatre Inside Out will run from 1 June – 9 September, bringing the National Theatre outside onto our riverside squares and terraces. Watch This Space Festival in Theatre Square brings you the best of street theatre, while the world of puppetry, prop-making and performance is explored in The Pop-up Workshop on the Waterloo Terrace.
With the Shakespeare Festival making waves in the theatre world this summer, it seems only right to visit The Globe. The theatre season begins on 7 June 2012 with a production of Henry V. Mark Rylance will then take on the title role in a new production of Richard III, followed by Twelfth Night where he will be joined on stage by Johnny Flynn, best known until now for his folk-rock music.