- Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is reopening with COVID-safety measures in place in response to the latest government advice.
- The classic Disney film and beloved story by Dodie Smith, 101 Dalmatians, is coming to London’s iconic Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in Spring 2021.
- This brand new musical will feature Olivier Award-nominated Kate Fleetwood as Cruella de Vil and stunning puppetry by Running Wild’s Toby Olié.
- Enjoy this nostalgic family favourite at Regent’s Park’s outdoor theatre, the perfect way to spend a spring evening with the kids.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of the most special ways to experience theatre in London, and this spring they’re taking on their first musical composition with a brand new adaptation of 101 Dalmatians. Based on Dodie Smith’s original story, which is of course most well known for its heartwarming Disney animation, Regent’s Park Theatre’s new version is written by Zinnie Harris and features music and lyrics from Douglas Hodge. Kate Fleetwood will play the evil, fur-lined Cruella de Vil, who has previously been nominated for an Olivier Award following performances at some of the best theatres in London including the National Theatre, the Old Vic, and a chilling portrayal of Lady Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre.
101 Dalmatians follows the brave Perdita and Pongo, two Dalmatians who fall in love when their owners meet in Regent’s Park, as they must rescue their puppies from the evil grasp of Cruella de Vil who wants to turn them into coats! Director Timothy Sheader makes this much-loved family story come alive on stage with stunning puppets by Toby Olié, renowned for his work on Running Wild. Much of Dodie Smith’s original book and the Disney animation were set in Regent’s Park, making this the perfect open air theatre venue where you can feel closer than ever to the magic.
With such a popular legacy and groundbreaking puppet art to recreate the 101 adorable puppies on stage, Regent’s Park's 101 Dalmatians is set to be one of the best children’s theatre shows of the year and most highly-anticipated new musicals in London.
What to know before you go
- Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is welcoming back audiences with new COVID-safety measures in place in response to the latest government guidance. Shows are running with a reduced capacity, enhancing cleaning is being undertaken, cashless and one-way systems have been introduced, hand sanitising stations can be found throughout and many of the refreshments will be served in disposable containers. Face coverings are mandatory and temperature screenings may be in place.
- 101 Dalmatians is running from 15 May - 20 June 2021.
- Children under the age of four are not allowed in the venue.
- Regent’s Park venue is an open air theatre where the auditorium and stage are completely uncovered. If it is raining, shows may be cancelled and this will be announced at the venue. Tickets are non-refundable but they may be exchanged for another evening. Please note that occasionally shows might have to be paused and restarted if the weather is particularly bad.
- Pre-purchased food and drinks will be available whatever the weather.
- Theatre gates open 90 minutes before the performance starts and there are various food and drinks outlets for you to enjoy in this time, such as the Summer Cafe, Covered Dining restaurant and The Grill, some of which can only be pre-ordered from. Food service ends 15 minutes before the show starts, but snacks and drinks will also be on offer during the interval.
- You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the lawn beforehand, providing that items no bigger than 36cm x 30cm x 50cm, nor any sharp knives are brought into the auditorium. Hot food purchased elsewhere cannot be brought onto the premises.
- Access seating is available at Regent’s Park Theatre - Row J is level access and there are a number of wheelchair spaces. Some captioned, BSL-interpreted and audio-described performances are available. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome at the theatre.
- There are gender-neutral and accessible toilets at the venue.
- Regent’s Park Theatre also has water bottle refill stations, bike racks and a merchandise shop on-site.
- Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is located in The Regent's Park, Inner Cir, London NW1 4NU. Entry to the box office is via Queen Mary’s Garden within the park.
- Parking is free within the Inner Circle, Outer Circle and on Chester Road after 6.30pm, but it is pay and display at all other times and can get very busy.
- The theatre is a 10-minute walk from Baker Street Tube station, serving the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. Nearby Regent’s Park Station also serves the Bakerloo Line.
- Marylebone is the closest train station, a 15-minute walk to the west.
- Buses 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189 and 274 stop nearby on Baker Street.
- Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.
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