The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is a perennially popular highlight in London's cultural calendar – a summer-long programme of world-class productions in one of the capital's finest public spaces.
This year to date, it's delighted audiences with the likes of To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice and The Sound of Music. However, the theatre's latest offering represents something of a departure from past achievements.
It's called Dinosaur Zoo – an innovative Australian live show that brings prehistoric creatures to life on the stage through the magic of puppetry. According to the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, it's a "tyrannosauric treat" for all ages – giving attendees a chance to get up close and personal with the terrifying beasts that ruled the Earth millions of years ago.
Dinosaur Zoo has delighted audiences around the world for a while, but the creators have a few new tricks up their sleeves for 2013. These include the addition of an all-new cast member, the ferocious Australovenator – a recently discovered meat-eater whose skeleton, unearthed in 2009, is the most complete ever found in Australia.
General admission costs £15 per person and a family ticket is also available. This costs £50 and covers a party of four, of which at least one must be an adult. Meanwhile, those hoping for hair-raising close encounters should consider seating themselves in rows A to C – the so-called Danger Zone.
Tickets for this area cost a little more, at £20, and organisers warn audience members to "watch out – not all of these ravenous reptiles are as tame as they seem".
Dinosaur Zoo runs until September 8th. Performances begin at 2:15pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, at 11:30am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and at 9:45am on Saturday and Sunday.
Regent's Park is located in the capital's city centre, close to many luxury London hotels and other landmarks. Those travelling here via the London Underground should head towards the Baker Street tube stop.