London’s culture scene is magical all year round, but never more so than when open-air venues across the capital throw open their doors for cinema, theatre and music beneath the stars. There’s something for all tastes, whether you’re into Shakespeare, classic movies or DJs mixing the latest tracks.
There are events taking place all over the city, but the banks of the River Thames are a great place to start. Somerset House is hosting Film4 Summer Screen (6-19 August) in its gorgeous neo-classical courtyard, screening films including the new Gemma Bovery and The Silence of the Lambs. DJs will welcome filmgoers to the party before screenings get under way as the sun goes down. But as there’s no seating in the courtyard, bring your own rugs and cushions or purchase them on the night.
Theatre fans have two fantastic options in the shape of Shakespeare’s Globe and More London. Playing at the Globe are As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard II and Macbeth (in Cantonese with English scene subtitles), as well as The Heresy of Love, a new play inspired by Spanish Golden Age theatre.
More London is a huge open-air amphitheatre next to the River Thames; everything is free with no tickets or booking required. It’s hosting productions inspired by the dramas of Ancient Greece: Captain Show-Off!, a family show about the return from war of the big-headed soldier, Milos Colossus; and Women of Troy, which adapts Euripedes’ powerful story of the women of the Trojan War.
Another idyllic destination for outdoor drama is Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, which stages the wonderful musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. With venues this breathtaking open over the summer, there’s no reason not to get outside and catch a show by starlight.
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