Regent's Park presents The Winter's Tale this summer
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.