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2020 Season Postponed 11
May

By Open Air Theatre

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Following the continued uncertainty as to when theatres will be able to re-open due to Covid-19, it has become necessary for us to postpone our entire 2020 season until 2021.


The 2021 season will open on Saturday 15 May with the new musical, 101 Dalmatians followed by Romeo and Juliet and concludes with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. MoreOutdoor events will include Jimmy Carr’s, Terribly Funny, Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year LIVE, Luisa Omielan’s God is a Woman and the Luna Cinema screenings of Pretty Woman and The Shining. During August 2021, the theatre will also host Dragons and Mythical Beasts (see full performance schedule).


A note from Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader:

Whilst obviously unavoidable, it is incredibly sad that we are unable to open our theatre this summer for the first time since 1961. Our thoughts are with all those who were due to work with us and you, our audience. We are so grateful for the messages of support we have received over the past weeks and I am delighted that we have been able to reschedule all of our productions in 2021.

We are a charity which receives no public subsidy and so our ambitious audience, always up for the thrilling, yet unpredictable, nature of open air theatre, is of paramount importance to us.  Ticket sales in the summer months provide the vast majority of our income. Whilst we had built a successful and resilient theatre through creative programming and shrewd financial management, the loss of an entire season coupled with having to wait another whole year until we are able to welcome audiences again, means we need your support now more than ever. With your backing, we will be able to continue producing award-winning shows in the heart of Regent’s Park, provide £10 preview tickets to 18-25 year olds, subsidise tickets to some 6,000 school children and champion access in all that we do. 

If you are able to do so, we would be very grateful if you would consider supporting us in one of three ways:

  • Buy tickets now for our 2021 season;
  • Make a one-off donation, helping us re-build our resilience fund as quickly as possible. If you’re eligible, we will be able to increase your donation by 25p for every £1 given at no extra cost to you, thanks to the Gift Aid scheme*;  
  • Join us as an Annual Member, from just £50, and benefit from discounts and special events.

Your support really is much appreciated by all of us at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and we look forward to seeing everyone again in a sunnier 2021.

Timothy Small


What happens if I have already purchased tickets for 2020?


We really appreciate your support and wish you all the very best during these difficult and extraordinary times.

* If you have already signed a Gift Aid declaration with us, you will not be prompted again when making new donations.

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A note from Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader:

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Following the extension of London theatre closures and continued government restrictions, we are sad to confirm that our production of Romeo and Juliet – which was to have started rehearsals in May – has been postponed until 2021.

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9th Apr 2020

It is with sadness that we report the passing of John Tydeman OBE on 1 April 2020. John was a huge supporter of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, joining the Board of Trustees from 1998 until 2010.

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