April 15, 2013, 3:14 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- London's outdoor theatre season begins with a party on Sunday 21st April 2013 at Shakespeare's Globe to celebrate the Bard's birthday and to launch their Season of Plenty. For visitors coming to London to enjoy the free afternoon of games and magical mayhem inspired by Shakespeare's greatest magician, Prospero, there are many London hotels nearby so they can stay for the evening's entertainment which includes music from The Magic Numbers.
Shakespeare's Globe is a highlight of theatre in London in the summer and the season starts on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 with The Tempest in which the Olivier award-winning actor Roger Allam, stars as Prospero alongside Colin Morgan, who plays the title role in the BBC series ‘Merlin', who appears as Ariel in his Globe debut.
From Monday 29th April 2013 Cape Town 's Olivier award-winning Isango Ensemble return to the Globe with their stunning production of Venus & Adonis, one of the most celebrated shows of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
One of four Globe to Globe 2013 productions, Venus & Adonis is followed by the Marjanishvili's production of As You Like It (from Monday 6th to Saturday 11th May 2013), performed in Georgian with scene synopses in English. Footsbarn return to the Globe with their interpretation of Indian Tempest (Monday 29th July to Saturday 3rd August). In the autumn the Belarus Free Theatre perform King Lear (Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th September).
Three new plays will receive world premieres at Shakespeare's Globe in 2013 – Gabriel (from Saturday 13th July) by Samuel Adamson, featuring English trumpet soloist, Alison Balsom; Blue Stockings (from Saturday 24th August) by Jessica Swale will be directed by John Dove; and The Lightning Child (from Saturday 14th September) by Ché Walker, directed by Matthew Dunster and with music by Arthur Darvill.
Next month, the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2013 season begins on Thursday 16th May 2013 with Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird and continues with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Thursday 20th June to Saturday 20th July) which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2013.
Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, re-imagined for everyone aged six and over, begins on Saturday 29th June and continues until Saturday 20th July. Finally, and The Sound of Music brings music to the leafy Regent's Park surroundings throughout the peak summer months, from Thursday 25th July until Saturday 7th September.
The National Theatre's annual outdoor theatre festival, Watch This Space, has been replaced this year by The Shed, the striking Haworth Tompkins designed red wooden building in front of the National Theatre which occupies Theatre Square while the Cottesloe Theatre is refurbished. The 225-seat Shed promises to take a risk with more experimental theatre and opened on Tuesday 9th April 2013 with Table, developed by Rufus Norris who directed Damon Albarn's opera Dr Dee at the English National Opera last year.
For information on all open air productions in London this spring and summer, visit the website LondonTown.com where full listings on all the major theatre shows being staged in the city are given. For visitors coming from outside London the website gives a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets and requirements, whether you're travelling with family, friends, on business or for a special occasion.
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