On The Town

Last week, something wonderful happened to London. Sunshine! Five days of glorious sunshine. So I did what any other self-respecting Londoner would do; I got out my luminous white legs and headed to the park. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to be exact.

If you’ve never been to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, you should probably go. It’s one of the largest theatres in London yet careful positioning of its 1,256 seats makes it feels incredibly intimate thanks. There’s a large stage framed by beautiful, gigantic trees; some outdoor space for a pre-theatre picnic and a pretty good selection of food and drink which you can pre-order.

We watched On The Town, a revival of the classic Broadway musical directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green). Lead by Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Danny Mac, the show follows three American sailors – Gabey (Danny Mac), Chip (Jacob Maynard) and Ozzie (Samuel Edwards) on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City.

Fast, energetic and colourful, On The Town mixes humour with romance against a backdrop of 1940s New York. Mac’s routines were impeccable, Sienna Kelly lit up the stage and Lizzy Connolly’s voice was captivating. On The Town gets the thumbs-up from me – just don’t forget your waterproof jacket as the auditorium is completely uncovered and we all know how unpredictable British weather can be…

ON THE TOWN, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London, Britain - 24 May 2017
On The Town, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Photo: Jane Hobson.
Lisa Ritchie, Lavinia Fitzpatrick and Melissa Nettleford. Photo Johan Persson.
Lisa Ritchie, Lavinia Fitzpatrick and Melissa Nettleford. Photo: Johan Persson.
Siena Kelly and Danny Mac as Ivy and Gabey. Photo Johan Persson. (2)
Siena Kelly and Danny Mac as Ivy and Gabey. Photo: Johan Persson.
ON THE TOWN, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London, Britain - 24 May 2017
Lizzy Connolly and Jacob Maynard as Hildy and Chip. Photo: Jane Hobson.

On The Town runs until July 1st, 2017 and tickets start at £25.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NU

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