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Open Air Theatre Regent's Park
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Open Air Theatre Regent's Park
Advantages: great experience at night, outdoors
Disadvantages: if it rains, rescheduled, £30
Went to the Open Air Theatre in London for the first time last night, its pretty spectacular.
I was sat right at the front, watching Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the normal ticket price (which i payed) was £31.00
Worth the money?
At first i was disappointed when i sat down, all i could see in front of me was a tiny stage and some old rusty metal crates surrounded by a dense forest of trees.
Little did i know later the entire stage would come to life!
The play was amazing, in the way of makeup and costumes spectacular, the witches completely looked like witches with beards and all, they had a slight modern twist to Macbeth - they had a car and guns as well as swords, yes i did say CARS! - they managed to drive a tiny car into and out of the stage - driving the King.
Acting 10/10 - the cast were incredible, infact Macduff in the play i saw was played by Peter Duncan - ex blue-peter presenter. Incredible performances especially the ghost of Banquo
You can get all Details and Pictures on the OpenAirTheatres Website..
www.openairtheatre.org - check out Macbeth you'll see what Im talking about when you see the images.
The show started at 8.00, (finished at like 11.00?) 1/2 way through they have an interval break of about 15 minutes where people cue up for the toilets.(which were unfortunately not as good as the play- had no soap and only 3 toilets. But was clean and had mirrors and sinks!
Just as you walk /in/out of the actual theatre there is a coffee shop sells stuff like ice-cream, coffee etc.
I noticed many people brought their own food and WINE - plenty of that there was a strong smell of wine throughout the play.
Note the globe theatre shows professional plays not pantomines, however it does engage the audience a bit in the way that charecters will come walking from all over the theatre, like down the stairs - seen on the picture; the play deffinetly makes good use of the stage, they have a tremendous speaker system and the actors are shouting at all their might so you can clearly hear them. At 1 stage in Macbeth, Macduff - i think threw a paper airplane into the audience, - sounds strange but at the time fitted in perfectly - the play kept all Shakespearian language alive and perfectly represented the book/play.
The audience was completely full with very few empty seats. I pre-booked my tickets (with assigned seats) - that is why i payed £31.00 if i had got them on the day (which is a gamble) i could have got a student discount and payed half the price!
To get to the open air theatre you have to walk through the beautiful Regents Park, which was completely full of people of all ages and cultures having a great time.
The nearest station which i commuted from was Baker Street, the walk from the station takes about 15/20 minutes, but is quite fun as you walk through the busy centre of London and experience scenery from parks to a lake. (You also walk past Madame Tussauds)
Baker Street is not only home to the open air theatre but also the Globe theatre, I have not yet visited that site yet but hopefully will.
- note that there was parking on the main road outside the theatre as you exit - i noticed some people hopping into cars.
Summary: Overall a good experience if you enjoy theatre and shows, well worth the visit, great acting ..