Open Air Theatre at London’s Regent’s Park

Ragtime at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park     ImageRolan Bell as Coalhouse Walker with Claudia Kariuki as Sarah                    Photo: Johan Persson

On a lovely warm evening, there is nothing better than the magical environment of the Open Air Theatre in the inner circle of Regent’s Park.

Celebrating its 80th season, Ragtime is the latest offering running concurrently with A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow the musical covers the first two decades of the twentieth century. Known as the Progressive era, it was a time when American society was experimenting and enhancing new ideas. Ragtime became a cultural metaphor for symbolised individual and collective hopes.

It’s not just the thrill of what’s on the stage that makes the evening. There is also a barbeque with tables and chairs on the lawn adjacent to the bar. We came an hour before and were able to find a seat at an umbrella covered table. The barbeque is great value at £6.50 with a choice of hamburger, sausage, tuna or vegetarian kebab, all served with a combination of salads. If this doesn’t tempt, there is also hot and cold food available from the bar where we were able to buy Pimms – just right for the occasion!

A bonus for drivers is that we can park in the inner circle after 6.30 pm. Nearest tube is Baker Street.

The season runs until 5 September 2012.   T. 0844 826 4242


About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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