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THN Recommends: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2013 Season

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo by David Jensen (2)

At THN, we’re always eager to share the best of London’s sights, sounds and events and they don’t come much more unique that the stunning Open Air Theatre. It’s situated not far from Baker Street in Regent’s Park and year after year, their excellent productions carry on through all kinds of weather and never fail to impress. We now wanted to share their 2013 season and recommend you pick up tickets early because they’re always hugely popular!

This year’s line-up looks even more film-related than ever, so we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll like. Pride and Prejudice will follow the previously announced production of To Kill a Mockingbird, whilst The Winter’s Tale re-imagined for everyone aged six and over (Having previously caught a similar younger person version of Macbeth here, this will be amazing!) will be staged prior to The Sound of Music to complete the Open Air Theatre’s 2013 summer season. 

Artistic Director Timothy Sheader will direct Harper Lee’s American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel and it’s just been announced that Robert Sean Leonard will play Atticus Finch. With designs by Jon Bausor, the play will open the 2013 season on 16 May (running until 15 June 2013). Proving its success across every form, the 1960 novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and the 1962 film adaptation won three Oscars.

Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice will run from 20 June – 20 July. The play is dramatised by Bristol Old Vic’s former Artistic Director, Simon Reade.

From 29 June – 20 July, a production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale will be tailored specifically for children aged six and over. Using Shakespeare’s original text, this follows their previous productions of Pericles, Macbeth and The Tempest especially created for younger audiences.

The Sound of Music will conclude the 2013 season from 25 July to 7 September 2013.  Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, this will be the first time that a work by the hit musical-writing partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II has been staged at the Open Air Theatre. Rachel Kavanaugh directed productions at the Open Air Theatre from 1993 – 2006 before her appointment as Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep (2006-2011).  She has since directed The Music Man and The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Love Story (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End) Rachel will be joined by Choreographer Alistair David and Olivier Award-winning set and costume designer Peter McKintosh, who joins the team for another season.

Public booking for To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, The Winter’s Tale re-imagined for everyone aged six and over, and The Sound of Music is open here: with more listings just down the page!

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo by David Jensen (3)


Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2013 season:

Box Office: 0844 826 4242

Online Bookings:


To Kill a Mockingbird

Directed by Timothy Sheader

Designed by Jon Bausor

16 May – 15 June 2013

First Preview: 16 May

Performances: Mon – Sat (7.45pm); matinees Weds, Thurs and Sats (2.15pm). No matinees on 16,18, 22 or 23 May.


Standard price: £25 – £45; Premium Seats £55 (including glass of wine and programme)

Previews:  £5 off standard prices (excluding Premium Seats) if booked before 30 April. Premium Seats during previews and all other seats during previews booked from 1 May 2013: £2 off Standard Prices.

Please note: tickets prices are the same for Pride and Prejudice and The Sound of Music 

Pride and Prejudice
Dramatised by Simon Reade

20 June – 20 July 2013

First preview: 20 June

Performances: Mon – Sat (7.45pm); matinees Thurs and Sat (2.15pm). No matinees on 20, 22 or 27 June.

The Winter’s Tale re-imagined for everyone aged six and over

29 June – 20 July

Performances: Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri (1.30pm); Sat (9.45am); Sun (10am and 1.30pm).


All tickets £15.00

School rates: available

Family tickets: available (4 tickets, of which at least 2 must be for U16s, at £50.00) 

The Sound of Music

Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh

Set and Costumes Designed by Peter McKintosh

Musical Direction by Steve Ridley

Lighting Designed by Tim Mitchell

25 July – 7 September 2013

First preview: 25 July

Performances: Mon – Sat (7.45pm); matinees Thurs and Sats (2.15pm); no matinee 25 July. 

A full performance schedule will be available from


Dan loves writing, film, music and photography. Originally from Devon, he did London for 4 years and now resides in Exeter. He also has a mild obsession with squirrels and cake. The latter being more of a hobby. Favourite movies include HIGH FIDELITY, ALMOST FAMOUS, ROXANNE, GOOD WILL HUNTING, JURASSIC PARK, too many Steve Martin films and Nolan's BATMAN universe. He can also be found on

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