City of London,

Wanstead Park: summer of open air theatre gets off to flying start with Peter Pan

 Must-see open air theatre is returning to Epping Forest as the curtains are raised on a fun-packed summer of outdoor entertainment.

 The programme – Epping Forest’s biggest ever open air theatre season - starts with the much-loved family favourite Peter Pan on 4 June.

 Other shows include classics Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pirates of Penzance, Peter Rabbit, and The Reluctant Dragon.

 All performances take place at the Temple enclosure, at Grade II-listed Wanstead Park.

 People can book tickets here.

 Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest and Commons Committee, Ben Murphy, said:

 “This is a fantastic programme of outdoor theatre for everyone to enjoy in the lovely, leafy surroundings of Wanstead Park.

 “These performances are always wonderfully entertaining. They are also an opportunity to bring communities together and have some fun, which is one of the core purposes of Epping Forest". 

 The City of London Corporation is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £130m every year.

 Wanstead Park has been managed by the City Corporation since 1880.

 It is east London’s oldest public park and noted for its national heritage and ecological importance.

 The City Corporation manages over 11,000 acres of open space in London and south east England, including Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath, and over 200 smaller sites in the Square Mile, investing over £38m a year.

 The City Corporation’s green spaces, most of which are charitable trusts, are run at little or no cost to the communities that they serve.

 They remove around 16,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere a year, equivalent to 44% of the City Corporation’s annual carbon footprint. 

 They are protected from being built on by special legislation.


 Notes to editors

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

 Summer 2022 Programme

 All take place at the Temple enclosure, Wanstead Park, E11 2LS

 4 June – Peter Pan – Illyria

 Gates open 6.30pm, show starts 7pm

Admission: £8 - £15

Illyria’s 2022 production will be the first to feature real flying!

Running time about 1hr 40mins (including 20 minute interval) Ages 5+ “Peter Pan” is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

 Twelfth Night – East London Shakespeare Festival                                                                        

 1 July – 7.30pm

2 July – 3pm & 7.30pm

3 July - 3pm

 Adult: £14
Concession: £10.50
Family: £44

 8 July – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Illyria

Gates open 6.30, show starts at 7pm

Admission: £10 - £17

 The award-winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, is celebrating its 30th birthday. To mark this, they are restaging their fantastic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 29 July – Pirates of Penzance – Illyria

Gates open 6.30, show starts at 7pm

Admission: £10 - £17

Pirates of Penzance, the much-loved classic musical packed with memorable songs is over 100 years old.

 10 August – Peter Rabbit – Quantum

Gates open 3pm

Admission: £10 - £15

 Quantum Theatre is back with an enchanting new adaptation of two of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved Tales, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.

19 August – The Reluctant Dragon – Quantum

Gates open 5pm

Admission: £10 - £15

 Quantum Theatre’s enchanting adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s, The Reluctant Dragon - a touching of bravery, friendship for all the family.

 Matthew Cooper

Culture Communications Officer: COVID-19

City of London Corporation