With all this warm weather we’re getting in London, you may not feel like sitting in, what can sometimes be, a stuffy theatre when visiting the West End.
So, how about open air theatre – sitting out under the stars on a barmy summer’s evening is a magical experience.
For many years I have been going to various productions at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre home to the New Shakespeare Company – don’t let the name fool you they do much, much more than Shakespeare!
Tucked away in the top corner of London’s beautiful Regent’s Park, accessible by tube via Baker Street and a then a lovely 10 – 15 minute walk through the park itself, the venue has grown considerably in size since I first went in 1991. It now boasts proper toilets, an extensive cafe/bar serving all the usual beverages with very good salads for those that are a bit peckish. However, it also has lawn area where you can relax before the show bringing your own picnic.
Last year I saw an excellent production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which I am still surprised didn’t transfer into the West End as it was absolutely fabulous. A few years before that I saw To Kill A Mockingbird which again was an amazing production.
This year I am going to see Jesus Christ Superstar, which in recent times has seen a resurgence in popularity. It stars Declan Bennett, who starred in the UK premiere of the musical Once, as Jesus and I can not wait. It is one the most moving musicals I have ever seen and only the original production of Miss Saigon evokes the same emotions in me.
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as a rock opera concept album back in 1970, it first opened on Broadway in 1971. The whole show is sung through telling the story of the final days of Christ in a seamless fashion.
Already the critics are giving it 5 star reviews, so if you haven’t already got your tickets I urge you to do so NOW!
Jesus Christ Superstar is on at the regent’s Park Open Air theatre until 27th August 2016.