With two Bank Holidays and a Royal Wedding to look forward to, May is already shaping up to be a great month. But, even better is all the fantastic theatre productions that will open across London, here’s our pick of the Top 5 must-see shows of May 2018.
The Rink – Southwark Playhouse
Renowned Broadway, West End and film actress Caroline O’Connor will star as Anna in the first London revival in 20 years of Kander and Ebb’s The Rink, having understudied the role of Angel in the 1988 London production of the show. Angel will be played by Gemma Sutton, in the new production of The Rink, which will play at Southwark Playhouse for a limited season from 25 May to 23 June 2018.
3 Women – Trafalgar Studios
3 Women, the debut play by the award-winning comedian and writer Katy Brand, will premiere at Trafalgar Studios 2, starring the celebrated screen and stage actress Anita Dobson (Eleanor), alongside Debbie Chazen (Suzanne), Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Laurie), and Oliver Greenall (Waiter). Running from 15 May to 9 June 2018.
3 Women explores the relationships between three generations of the same family, brought together in one hotel room, in a darkly comic and pertinent exploration of what it means to be a woman.
Consent – Harold Pinter Theatre
Nina Raine’s ‘blistering new play’ (New York Times), directed by Roger Michell, makes a triumphant and timely transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre this May, following a sold out season at the National Theatre.
Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? Friends take opposing briefs in a contentious legal case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.
Red – Wyndham’s Theatre
MGC Artistic Director Michael Grandage directs this first ever UK revival of Red since directing the world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009. The production went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Play.
Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. He is joined by rising star Alfred Enoch of US television drama series How to Get Away With Murder as his assistant Ken.
Killer Joe – Trafalgar Studios
Orlando Bloom stars as a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in the multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller, Killer Joe.
The Smith family hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with their innocent daughter, the plan spirals out of control.