Open Air Theatre

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is the country's only permanent outdoor theatre and is a much-loved London institution, playing to audiences of up to 1240 every evening throughout the Summer. The last major renovation work took place in 1999 when Haworth Tompkins re-designed the technical and front of house spaces. The current project replaces the changing room block, adds new administration offices, upgrades the workshops, refurbishes the studio and creates a new entrance and box office.

The new buildings, threading around existing structures and trees, form a series of linear elements culminating in the external public facade of natural and stained larch. Lightweight piles support a prefabricated, engineered timber structure that was erected on site in three weeks. The new box office is designed as a series of large folding screens to encompass several permutations of use. The black inner lining of the main door, decorated with a playful leaf pattern that alludes to the gilded ironwork of the Park gates, folds out to announce the theatre when open.

Description by Haworth Tompkins


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Building Activity

  • Nadezhda Nikolova
    Nadezhda Nikolova added a digital reference, updated and updated 18 media
    about 4 years ago via