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UK' s Regent Park Open Air Theatre reserves on Olympics' day tickets

07-25-2012 09:35 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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For those looking to escape the crowds and chaos of the Olympics in London, the UK’s Regent Park Open Air Theatre is reserving on the day tickets to accommodate people wanting to catch a performance during the games - rain or shine.

Set amid the leafy surroundings of one of London’s most famous green spaces, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of the capital’s best kept secrets and a firm fixture of summer in the city.

Now in its 80th season, it’s the oldest professional outdoor theatre in the U.K. and attracts more than 140,000 people over its annual 16 week season.

The auditorium seats up to 1240 people making it one of the largest in London, but Commercial Director, Andy Lock says it’s still one of the most intimate.

Andy Lock, commercial director of Open Air Theatre, Regent Park, said, "It’s kind of off the beaten track a bit, it’s a bit of a hidden gem, people discover it and once they come through the box office gates they are confronted by this vision of fairy lights, there’s an exciting buzz on the picnic lawn of people enjoying their pre-theatre drinks and meeting friend’s, building that expectation of what they are going to be seeing on stage."

Theatre goers traditionally get here early for pre-show picnics and barbeques or to meet for drinks in the fairy light clad bar. But as ever, when it comes to al fresco anything in the UK, people need to come prepared for all kinds of weather.

Lock says the unpredictability of the weather makes for an even more exciting and unique experience.

Andy Lock said, "The beauty about theatre is that every performance is unique, but that’s never more so the case than here because the weather is so unpredictable. But it’s our friend and you know people embrace it here and there is a spirit of being British in this country and we sit here in our cagoules if we need to."

Sitting in cagoules with umbrellas for extra coverage is precisely what today’s audience are doing. They’re here for a matinee performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

"Well it’s a bit wet at the moment, but I do like the outside, that’s part of the fun isn’t it? Come and get a bit wet or sunny or whatever."

The theatre has won the Best Musical Revival Olivier Award for three years running. Last year it was for "Crazy For You". On the bill this season is a modern retelling of the American musical "Ragtime".

The 2012 season runs until 8th September 2012. Tickets can be booked by phone, online or purchased on the day at the venue.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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