Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Live comedy is back at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this August and September! Tickets are on sale right now.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is the first major London theatre to reopen this summer with a 70-performance season that started on Friday 14th August and runs until Sunday 27th September.
Alongside a concert re-staging of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, a production which earned the Open Air Theatre both the Olivier and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical Revival when it first opened in 2016, the venue will host a series of live comedy events as part of their MOREoutdoor programme.
Names including Joe Lycett (24th August), Russell Brand (14th September), and Kerry Godliman, Judi Love and Russell Kane (21st September) will bring their stand-up talents to the outdoor venue, each performing gigs at 6pm and 9pm.
There are two Canned Laughter performances (7th September) incorporating the comedians Sindhu Vee, Rose Matafeo, Sara Barron, Olga Koch and Phil Wang (at the 6pm show) and Suzi Ruffell, Lolly Adefope, Gabby Best, Sophie Duker and Mae Martin (at the 9pm show) – both gigs raising money for London's food banks with the support of The Trussell Trust.
Finally, from the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre presents Mischief Movie Night (31 August), their improvised movie live on stage - starring them and directed by the audience!
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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have also just announced that they will be relaying both Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert, and many of the comedy events, live onto a giant LED screen on their lawn. Using 5 high definition cameras, this will offer a vivid visual experience, and opens performances, many of which are already sold out, to an extended audience at a reduced price.
Following the closure of all theatres in March due to coronavirus, the theatre was forced to postpone all its scheduled productions and MOREoutdoor events to 2021. However, on 9 July, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced that outdoor venues could begin to reopen, but operating under strict guidelines.
William Village, Executive Director said: “Following the government’s announcement that outdoor theatres may re-open, we have found a way to open in August and September this year. However, with social distancing, seating capacity has been dramatically reduced to 390 seats (down from 1,256), making this economically extremely challenging, particularly as we are an unfunded organisation. Nevertheless, both for us as a venue, and the industry as a whole, we believe it is incumbent upon us to do everything possible to re-open this year.
"Of course, the safety of our audience, performers and staff remains of paramount importance to us. We will follow government guidance meticulously; measures to be introduced at the entirely open air venue include: reduced capacity, distanced performers, enhanced cleaning, one-way systems, mandatory face coverings, temperature checks, paperless and cashless systems and multiple hand sanitiser stations. All information is set out clearly on our website and communicated with audiences in advance of their arrival.
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