Jul. 8th, 2010

Summers Best in Londontown

City Guides: Summer is finally here. So if youíre looking for top entertainment to wile away the, hopefully, balmy evenings in London, look no further. Here's our guide to hot ways to keep cool.

Cinema Under The Stars
Sip champagne and watch your favorite films by moonlight at Cinema Under The Stars in the elegant Syon Park House gardens. Choose from Dirty Dancing, Wolfman, Top Gun, Up or Pretty Woman from Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 August 2010 at the stunning location in Brentford. Gates open at 7.30pm so guests will have time to enjoy a picnic and wander around the London home of the Duke of Northumberland before the movie begins at 9pm. Adult tickets are £10.

Into The Woods
Promising a dark tale with a humorous twist, Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel are bringing a new production of Into The Woods to Regentís Park Open Air Theater Into The Woods to Regentís Park Open Air Theatre this summer. Dame Judi Dench will be voicing the Giant in Stephen Sondeheimís popular tales of Red Riding Hood, Jack (from Jack And The Beanstalk), Cinderella and Rapunzel entwined with the story of the Baker and his wifeís quest to have children. Grab your picnic hamper or a Pimms at the bar of this 1,240-seat auditorium to watch this dynamic production as the fairly lights twinkle in the trees at Londonís largest outdoor theatre The show runs from 6 August to 11 September 2010.

One For The Children
The Little Big Club is the perfect performance to keep little ones entertained during the summer holidays. The 70-minute theatrical and musical extravaganza brings together popular characters such as Bob The Builder, Fireman Sam, Barney And Friends and Pingu. Taking to Londonís Hammersmith Apollo in August, the show, on Saturday 14 August, will be like a Whoís Who of childrenís TV. For tickets - £13 over 12s, £17 adults.

Picnics And Plays
Positioned on the roof of the National Theatre, The Deck is one of Londonís most exciting alfresco events space. Throughout August it will be transformed into a garden, boasting blossom trees and picnic furniture where guests can enjoy a picnic before watching one of the incredible performances Ė such as The Habit Of Art or After The Dance. Dine on goat cheese and asparagus salad or smoked salmon and Westcombe cheddar while enjoying a glass of Pimms before the production starts. The package costs £55 per person.

English National Ballet's Cinderella
You will fall in love again with this classic rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella as the English National Ballet brings its ballet adaptation of this all-time favorite to the London Coliseum, Westminster. The performance is choreographed by Michael Corder and has won a string of awards, including the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Dance Production and the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Production in Dance. Attend the celebrity-studded show and after-party celebrating the National Balletís 60th anniversary on Saturday 14 August 2010 Ė tickets cost £150.
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