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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2014

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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Famous Stories at a Famous Park

Regent's Park is well known for its open air theatre. Every year they have a season of great plays to watch over the spring and summer. This year they have chosen some very sombre classics. It isn't all doom and gloom though, as the serious tone will be lightened by a special Shakespeare production re-imagined to appeal to young children.

You may recognise many of the plays from your child's school syllabus. I know I studied most of these when I was at school, and it would be a fantastic opportunity for the family to spend some quality time together, while also helping your kids get better grades.

Tickets are 25-55, but because there are no curtains or columns like an indoor theatre, even if you are sitting at the back in the far corner, you should have an unobstructed view.

All My Sons
15th May-7th June

1946 and the war is over, but the Keelers are suffering from the loss of Larry, who is missing in action. Larry's brother, Chris, believes he is dead, and wants to marry his fiancee, but his mother, Kate, refuses to accept that her son is never coming back. In the mean time, husband Joe, is awfully clammy about some faulty cylinder heads. What's his big dark secret?

Hobson's Choice
12th June - 12th July

Henry Hobson is an alcoholic cobbler who runs a shoe shop with the help of his three daughters. His eldest daughter, Maggie has a lot of business acumen, and with help from Will the shoemaker, could she soon leaves her father with Hobson's choice.

Twelfth Night
21st June- 12th July

Shakespeare's Romantic comedy has been reimagined not only to appeal to grown-ups, but youngsters as well. Anyone over six will laugh at the pandemonium that ensues in this tale of mistaken identity.

Porgy and Bess
17th July - 23rd August

Originally an opera written by George Gershwin in 1935, Porgy and Bess was a landmark in American theatre, with a cast of entirely African American actors. Now brought to Regent's Park, Porgy, the crippled beggar is determined to tame the wild ways of Bess, the woman he loves.

To Kill a Mocking Bird
28th August - 13th September

Last year, Christopher Sergel's adapted version of Haper Lee's 1960s novel was a sell-out performance, so no surprise that it is returning this season. The play is later scheduled to go on a major tour.
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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: 15th May - 13th September
Phone: 0844 826 4242
Where: Regent's Park
Cost: 25-55
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