Enjoy open-air Sound of Music at Regent's Park
The Sound of Music is one of the world's best-loved musicals, immortalised in the 1960s by a staggeringly successful film version that starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. From next month, visitors to London will have an opportunity to revisit this timeless classic in the resplendent surroundings of Regent's Park.
Kicking off on July 25th, The Sound of Music is the final installment in the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre summer programme. It's sure to be a highlight of London's 2013 musical calendar and if the capital is blessed with pleasant weather, it'll be a truly memorable way to spend a balmy summer evening.
The Sound of Music was written by the legendary Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, debuting on Broadway in 1959. It tells the story of Maria Rainer, who becomes a governess for the Von Trapp family in Austria shortly before the outbreak of the second world war. Over a backdrop of wartime intrigue, Maria warms to the seven Von Trapp children and falls in love with their father - ultimately leading the family as they flee across the Alps from Nazi oppressors.
Many pieces originally penned for the musical have become standards, including Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi and Climb Ev'ry Mountain - not to mention the title song, The Sound of Music.
In the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production, Maria is played by Charlotte Wakefield and Captain von Trapp by Michael Xavier - both previous Olivier Award nominees.
Tickets cost between £25 and £55, depending on where audience members are seated. The theatre makes use of one of London's largest outdoor auditoriums, with a capacity of over 1,200, but would-be attendees are advised to book in advance to ensure they get the seats they want.
Evening performances kick off at 7:45pm, with matinees starting at 2:15pm. The production runs until September 7th, so those staying in luxury London hotels this summer should have plenty of opportunities to catch a show.