Fans of William Shakespeare have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Bard's plays in London this summer. If good weather persists, one of the most attractive is sure to be a new production of The Winter's Tale that kicks off at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre next week.
One of the playwright's more unique romances, The Winter's Tale concerns Perdita – a Sicilian princess raised as a lowly shepherd girl in rural Bohemia. Her secret romance with Prince Florizel brings intrigue, drama and duplicity into this charming pastoral setting, attended by wild beasts, sheep shearers and a magic statue.
The Regent's Park version is billed as a 'reimagining' of the play rather than as a faithful adaptation. Using Shakespeare's original text as a starting point, the theatre promises it should be a thrilling and heartwarming affair for anyone aged six and over.
Opening on June 29th, The Winter's Tale runs for just under a month, concluding on July 20th – so those staying in London hotels this summer have a relatively slim window in which to attend and should book their tickets soon to avoid disappointment.
Performances take place at 1:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; early-risers can also see the play at 9:45am on Saturdays and 10am on Sundays.
Tickets cost £15 for all attendees. Children's lunch boxes are available for younger audience members, offering fresh fruit and self-assembly sandwiches for £5 (ages five to ten) and £6 (ages ten to 15).
The open-air theatre's annual summer programme is a genuine highlight of London's theatrical calendar. Taking place in one of the capital's biggest outdoor auditoriums, it's a fantastic opportunity to see world-class theatre in the resplendent surroundings of Regent's Park.
Other attractions this season include a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which runs for a further month, and Rogers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music – sure to delight crowds when it opens on July 25th.