Rediscover Benjamin Britten’s chilling opera The Turn of the Screw in a new production by the English National Opera at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Based on Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw is the story of unearthly encounters at a remote house in the country – and of a young governess desperate to protect her children. The classic tale reaches new levels of suspense in this unique outdoor staging.
Director Timothy Sheader, conductor Mackerra Fellow Toby Purser, and members of the ENO orchestra bring their award-winning expertise to Britten’s masterly reworking of Henry James’ novella. Libretto by Myfanwy Piper.
Book your tickets for The Turn of the Screw at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre today!
Did not understand the story, nor did some of the audience. A lot of people were refering to the programme during the performance. I come every year and this is the first time me and my friends did not enjoy the show
Smashing production of turn of the Screw. The set was ingenious, illuminating and spooky. The singing was glorious. The amplified sound was a bit disconcerting but overall a marvellous evening. the good weather helped.
Having read the book, the opera interpretation lacked the atmosphere I was expecting. However the venue was superb, very comfortable and fantastic for being outside and able to hear the wind in the trees and see the swooping of the birds. Will certainly be returning.
Brilliant, chilling, magnificently performed and staged 5 stars
I am familiar with the work from several performances in the past, and enjoyed this one as much as any. The set was very original and worked well, and all the singers sang beautifully, though I thought that Miles was rather quiet - maybe under miked? The orchestra was excellent, and the production suitably ghost-like. A great success, and a lovely evening.
It was good but not great. We felt that the supporting singers were more compelling to listen to.
No refunds or exchanges after booking.
22 | 25 | 27 (mat) | 29 | 30 (eve) June
Prologue – William Morgan
Peter Quint – Elgan Llŷr Thomas
Governess – Anita Watson
Mrs Grose – Janis Kelly
Miss Jessel – Elin Pritchard
23 | 26 | 27 (eve) | 30 (mat) June
Prologue – Elgan Llŷr Thomas
Peter Quint – William Morgan
Governess – Rhian Lois
Mrs Grose – Sarah Pring
Miss Jessel – Rachael Lloyd
2 hours (including the interval)
Good To Know
Every theatre performance is unique, but this is especially the case at the Open Air Theatre where both the stage and entire auditorium are uncovered.
Each visit can be distinctly different as the weather and light spontaneously interact with the play. Warm or cool, clear or overcast, the point at which dusk turns to night, being outdoors adds a thrilling contribution to our work and is an integral part of your experience here. Some of our audience's favourite memories have been of the sun breaking through the clouds during the show whilst some of the most electric performances happen in the wake of rainfall.
It's best to come prepared for all types of weather: bringing your own shade in the afternoon is particularly important as is a jumper for the end of evening performances. So sun hats, sun cream, sunglasses, raincoats and rain hats should all be considered. Although the vast majority of performances are completed each year, as the auditorium and stage are completely uncovered, we may have to stop and re-start the show.
On rare occasions, it will not be possible for us to complete the performance, but we will never cancel a performance before the advertised start time. This is because you would be amazed how often it can rain all day and then clear up just in time for the action to start and indeed, how localised bad weather can be. Also we really don't want to disappoint anyone - audiences or our actors (who are always keen to perform, if at all possible).
Please note that films and one-off live music and comedy shows are never cancelled because of the weather.
How Does It Work
Please print confirmation email and bring along with you to your performance.
Suitable For Children
This is a sung-through opera by Benjamin Britten which is suitable only for secondary school age and over.
When Can I Go
22 June 2018 - 30 June 2018
Where Do I Go
Open Air Theatre
How to find us
We are just a 10 minute walk from Baker Street underground station.