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The Show

Harold Brighouse's classic comic love story is the tale of a Salford cobbler with three unruly daughters that owes more than a little to King Lear and Cinderella. The homage is purely intentional. 

Perhaps best known from its 1954 film version directed by David Lean, the play remains a complete delight, presenting a vivid picture of the realities of working class life but balancing it perfectly with uplifting humour.  It's directed by Nadia Fall, whose recent credits include The Doctor’s Dilemma at the National Theatre.

The Story

From the cobbles of Lancashire, bombastic boot-shop owner Henry Horatio Hobson takes umbrage at his daughter’s intention to marry long-suffering bootmaker Willie Mossop. 

Through her determination, the couple weds, set up a rival establishment and orchestrate Hobson’s fall from grace. But it is Willie who triumphs in this unlikely love story, as newfound fortitude deals a resolution that is 'Hobson’s choice' - i.e. no choice at all.

Weather Policy

The auditorium and stage are completely uncovered. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre makes every effort to complete the performance and reserves the right to stop and start the action as necessary. Performances are never cancelled or abandoned before the advertised starting time and then only in the event of very bad weather. If cancellation or abandonment is unavoidable, ticket holders will be entitled to equivalent seats for any other performance in the main repertoire (excludes one-off comedy, music and film events), subject to availability. Refunds are not given for cancellation or abandonment as a result of the weather. In any event, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk and not refundable by us.

Where tickets were purchased at a promotional rate, alternative performances will still be offered but may be restricted. Music, comedy and film events (which are one-off events and not part of the main repertoire) take place regardless of weather conditions.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Seat Plan

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Choose your seats from the plan of the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:

The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.

Venue Info

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre


The Regent's Park Open Air Theatrewas built in 1932 and is situated in the Inner Circle of central London’s famous Regent’s Park, close to Baker Street tube station.


The list of theatrical greats who have performed at this 1240 seat venue is huge, and includes such luminaries as Vivian Leigh and Michael Gambon.


The first production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was Twelfth Night, which played there in 1932. Among the countless notable shows to have graced its stage since then are Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew and The Card. But the Open Air Theatre is most closely associated with its signature summer production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Today, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre enjoys consistent success and is known as a unique and beautiful place in which to see Shakespeare plays, one-off concert performances and musicals. 


Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a permanent outdoor theatre that runs a sixteen week season every year between May and September.


The theatre first came about after the sudden closure of an unsuccessful play by Italian dictator Mussolini. A ‘black and white’ production of Twelfth Night was quickly thrown together at the Noël Coward Theatre before it was transferred to an improvised theatre in Regents Park. The following year saw the first full season at the outdoor venue, featuring the previous year’s Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


The layout, size and atmosphere of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre make it the perfect place to make the most of the English summer. Grab a picnic and some wine and catch some live theatre in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Recent successes include Hello Dolly!, Macbeth, Crazy for You, Ragtime the Musical and, of course, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Whatever you decide to see at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.

Venue Address: Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NUView Map

Venue Facilities:

  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Travel Info

Nearest Tube Station:Baker Street
Tube Lines:Metropolitan, Bakerloo, Jubilee, Circle, Hammersmith & City
Nearest Rail:Euston
Bus Numbers:(Marylebone Road) 18, 27, 30, 74, 205, 453; (Baker Street) 2, 13, 82, 113, 139, 189, 274
Night Bus Numbers:(Marylebone Road) 18, 27, 205, 453 N13, N18, N74; (Baker Street) 139, 189
Congestion Charge Zone:Yes
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