About us

The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark – a firm fixture of summer in the city, providing a cultural hub in the beautiful surroundings of a Royal Park.

Established in 1932, the award-winning Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is one of the largest theatres in London. Celebrated for its bold and dynamic productions (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Seagull, Porgy and Bess, The Crucible, Henry V), over 140,000 people visit the theatre each year during the 18-week season. The theatre receives no public subsidy, with ticket sales accounting for over 90% of income.

“Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has been transformed into one of the capital’s most exciting spaces.”
The Guardian

7.jpg Timothy Sheader, Artistic Director and William Village,
Executive Director

Timothy Sheader and William Village were appointed Joint Chief Executives in 2007. During their tenure, the theatre’s productions of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Sound of Music won the WhatsOnStage Best Play Revival and Best Musical Revival Awards respectively, Into the Woods won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and transferred to the Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, New York in 2012, and Hello, Dolly! won the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical alongside a further three Laurence Olivier Awards. 2011’s record-breaking production of Crazy for You transferred directly to the West End, winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Best Costume Design. The 2016 sell-out production of Jesus Christ Superstar won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, and the production returned to the Open Air Theatre for an extended run in 2017.

The theatre’s ambition of reaching new audiences beyond the Park has seen their productions of Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird tour the UK and Ireland, the latter subsequently transferring to the Barbican for a month-long residency, and their co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild toured the UK in 2017. Jesus Christ Superstar opened at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in April 2018.