Now that the temperatures have risen a bit and we’re putting away overcoats and donning t-shirts and lighter garments, the mood may take you to explore the host of outdoor events on offer in the capital. Gay Massage in London will, of course, always be a great source of pleasure, but we also need culture and fresh air, the latter sometimes in very short supply. Spring and summer weather turns this great city into an even greater place; wherever you go, people are more bright and cheerful – you can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices. The soft, dreamy summer light drenches us all in feelings of merriment and laughter peels out, floating in the air. It really is a magical part of the calendar, from the cool, fresh, Spring mornings to the heady, thick, languid and hot days of late August, and everything in between. Public squares turn into a kind of urban beach where young and old alike come together, divest themselves of clothing, and soak up the golden rays coming down from the scorching sun. There are so many outdoor activities that become possible in summer, but we’ll look at just one for now: open-air theatre.
Open-air theatre is one of the obvious summer entertainment options and a cultural thrill that no one should overlook. So why should the rest of us be any different? From the productions at Shakespeare’s Globe to the annual Regent’s Park open-air theatre, to the plays sometimes staged at summer festivals, there’s a raft of choices, each with their own particular strengths. At Regent’s Park, you’re able to bring your own drinks, which can be taken into the auditorium. Lashings of Pimms all round! This year, productions include Henry V, the classic 1970s, Andrew Lloyd Webber rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, and an adaptation of everyone’s favourite Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. There’ll also be film screenings, comedy and children’s events.
The same drink rules apply at the Globe, with the additional restriction stating that glass can’t be taken into the auditorium. Why not bring a plastic bottle and decant before you enter. Summer events at The Globe this year include productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth. Music will include performances by Mercury Prize nominee Roisin Murphy. Then there’s The Scoop, a one-thousand-seating sunken amphitheatre with theatre, dance, music and more throughout the year. Here, the events are entirely free – no tickets are required. Just turn up. This is also the site of the four-month free festival, the More London Free Festival.