The shows to see in London this May


The show must go on they say. And from May 17 it will once again be time to break a leg as theatres open their doors across the UK for the first time in what seems a lifetime.

Yes, it’s time to drop the bingo games online, forget about the reruns of shows on YouTube and start thinking about donning the gladrags and head down to the theatre for one of the many shows which are back up and running.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together this list of shows that will be starting in the few days following the lifted restrictions…


The West End will welcome several shows back from May 17, while plenty more will be opening as the month goes on. But it’s Cruise that will kick things off at the Duchess Theatre from May 18.

The one-man show has been given a four-week run and follows Michael Spencer, a man who has received the news he’s HIV positive. The show explores his next four years living life to the max before his very last day.

Death Drop

Taking place at London’s Garrick Theatre, Death Drop is a who-dunnit that stars RuPaul’s Drag Race queens William and Latrice Royal and will open from May 19. It’s a show that transports you to a fun and glamorous party where the guests are knocked off one-by-one. It’s Cluedo on stage, and as you’d expect with any RuPaul stars in it, absolutely fabulous.

Love Letters

Another that opens on May 19 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket is Love Letters. Penned by A.R. Gurney, it is only around for a limited time and stars Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove who live as pen pals, separated by miles and fall in love. It’s heart-warming and just what many of us need right now.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

A day later we see the Apollo Theatre open its doors with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The curtain will be raised on May 20 and is one of the first musicals to open with the award-winning show being a must for anyone fancying a hit musical to kick off their return to theatre.

Les Misérables – The Staged Concert

Opening in December 2020, there was only a short run before closing at the Sondheim Theatre. However, it’s back from May 20 and running until 5 September. It earned rave reviews on its opening and tickets will be snapped up quickly for this show, which stars Lucie Jones, Shan Ako and Jamie Muscato.

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