Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The purpose-built open air theatre space in Regent’s Park is a magical place to see a production. With the new season set to begin on 17 May, now is the time to get tickets for you and the family. From Peter Pan to Dinosaur World Live, there is bound to be something among the selection to please your little ones.
Royal Garden Hotel feels a strong connection to Peter Pan, as writer JM Barrie was a local resident and liked to take walks in Kensington Gardens. It is therefore wonderful that the first play of the season at Regent’s Park’s Open Air Theatre will be this tale of endless childhood.
Follow Peter, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys as they undertake their adventures in Never Land. This magical production is full of energy, puppetry and song, which will leave audiences young and old totally enchanted.
Peter Pan runs from 17 May to 15 June.
As You Like It
A great introduction to the works of Shakespeare for a younger audience, this retelling of As You Like It will have them hooked. Accompanying the love story in the imagined Forest of Arden is spellbindingly evocative music from Charlie Fink, who formerly fronted the band Noah and the Whale.
Themes of adventure and mistaken identity are sure to please the children, while sibling rivalry may well be something they can relate to. Director Max Webster never disappoints and As You Like It is set to be another success.
The As You Like It run will begin on 6 July and continue until 28 July.
Dinosaur World Live
Do not miss the opportunity to take your dinosaur fans to this incredible interactive show. Featuring life-like models of tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops, giraffatitan and segnosaurus, they simply won’t be able to contain their excitement.
The action follows an adventurer though undiscovered territories and prehistoric landscapes to discover the secrets within. Rendered in bright colours and with agile bodies, the puppets of the dinosaurs are spectacular, bringing the children into this fantastic world.
Get your little ones along to Dinosaur World Live between 14 August and 9 September.
Top tips for enjoying Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as a family
The open air theatre is just over 30 minutes away from Royal Garden Hotel by public transport. Take the Circle or District line from High Street Kensington to Baker Street Station and from there, it is just a ten-minute walk.
Be aware of the fact that the open air theatre space has no cover, so you need to be prepared for all weather conditions. This means extra layers to keep children warm if it turns out to be a chilly evening and packing raincoats just in case. Matinee performances may also be in direct sunlight, so hats and sunscreen are a must.
There will be various food options available before performances and visitors are allowed to bring a picnic if they wish. This should be eaten on the designated picnic lawn before the show gets underway.