Timothy Sheader and William Village were appointed Joint Chief Executives in 2007, and in the last 10 years the theatre has won 7 Olivier Awards, 6 WhatsOnStage Awards and 3 Evening Standard Awards, and was named London Theatre of the Year by The Stage in 2017.
Our ambition of reaching new audiences beyond the Park has seen productions transfer to the West End and America, with Jesus Christ Superstar currently touring the US. UK tours have included Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Flies, Running Wild (a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre) and To Kill a Mockingbird, which also marked the first of three transfers – along with Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita - to the Barbican.
We receive no public subsidy with over 90% of our income generated from ticket sales, and yet we have maintained our lowest ticket price of £25 for seven years, increasing the number of tickets available at that price by 93%. At the same time, membership of our BREEZE scheme – where those aged 18-25 can get tickets for £10 – has increased by 37% over the past 12 months. Offering increased access to our theatre through a series of assisted performances, we also work with local charities, notably Camden Disability Action, Age UK Camden and Pimlico Musical Foundation, which gave 33 children from one of London’s most complex communities the opportunity of appearing alongside professional singers in 2019’s co-production with English National Opera of Hansel and Gretel.
Since 2007, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has become one of the most independently sustainable and financially successful producing theatres in the country, and so we embark on the next stage of our vision with ever-increasing artistic ambition and entrepreneurial spirit.