Theatres across the UK reopen for in-person performances this month – here’s what you can watch this week.
Theatres will be able to open their doors from 17 May with many venues hosting their first in-person shows in more than a year – although social distancing restrictions remain in place for now.
Here’s a selection of shows you can catch…
You Are Here (London) – from 17 May
New musical You Are Here will begin performances at the Southwark Playhouse on the day of reopening. The piece, which will star Wendi Peters, is described as an “intimate, hilarious and heart-breaking tour-de-force musical that will leave you cheering for the resilience of the human spirit.” Get tickets here!
A Russian Doll (Cirencester) – from 17 May
The Barn Theatre, Cirencester will welcome back audiences with Cat Goscovitch’s new play, A Russian Doll. Based on a true story, the play follows twenty-something Masha – played by Rachel Redford (The Jungle, Gap Year) – as she becomes embroiled in the world of data and deceit as a member of Russia’s disinformation campaigns during the EU referendum. Get tickets online!
The Mousetrap (London) – from 17 May
The Mousetrap is the iconic murder mystery play. The show will be one of the first to reopen, featuring two alternating eight-member casts to ensure the show can go on. Get tickets here!.
Animal Farm (Northampton) – from 17 May
Running at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate, award-winning political playwright Tatty Hennessy (A Hundred Words for Snow, F*Off) adapts George Orwell’s classic as an allegory for our own times exploring themes of revolution, the price of sovereignty and power with humour and sharp wit. Get tickets here!
Cruise (London) – from 18 May
Written and performed by Jack Holden (War Horse, West End; Ink, Almeida Theatre), Cruise is an urgent, moving and inspirational new play with live music and spoken word. The play is based on a true story Jack was told whilst volunteering for Switchboard, the LGBTQ+ Listening Service and pays tribute to a generation decimated by HIV and AIDs. Bringing to life 1980’s Soho, this kaleidoscopic musical is a celebration of queer culture with an uplifting 80s electronic soundtrack performed live by John Elliott. Get tickets!
C-o-n-t-a-c-t (Manchester and Salford) – from 18 May
New immersive outdoor experience C-o-n-t-a-c-t will run in Salford and Manchester after premiering in London last year. The production will run in partnership with The Lowry at Salford Quays and central Manchester for six weeks between 18 May to 29 June 2021. Book tickets here!
Death Drop (London) – from 19 May
Returning after a short run last year, Death Drop is a drag comedy murder mystery with an all star drag cast include RuPaul’s Drag Race legends Willam and Latrice Royale appearing alongside Britain’s Got Talent 2020 semi-finalist Myra Dubois. Get tickets!
Six The Musical (London) – from 18 May
Six The Musical will transfer from its current home at the Arts Theatre to the Lyric Theatre for a limited time. The hit show follows a fictional singing competition where each of Henry VII’s infamous six wives compete to be crowned the ultimate musical sensation. Get tickets here!
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (London) – from 20 May
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie New, who is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation. Get tickets!
Les Misérables: The Staged Concert (London) – from 20 May
The staged concert production of Les Misérables will return to the Sondheim Theatre from 20 May for a limited time. The 2021 concert cast stars Jon Robyns, Bradley Jaden, Lucie Jones, Shan Ako, Harry Apps, Gerard Carey, Josefina Gabrielle, Jamie Muscato and Charlie Burn. Get tickets!
Amélie The Musical (London) – from 20 May
Amélie The Musical is to transfer to London’s West End, playing at the Criterion Theatre from Thursday, 20 May. Olivier-nominee Audrey Brisson will return to the role of ‘Amélie’ having played the part on tour and during the show’s 2019 run at The Other Palace. Get tickets here!
West End Musical Drive-In (London) – 22 May
It’s not just theatres that are now open, drive ins are back! This week at West End Musical Drive-In it’s a Rent takeover with Layton Williams (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rent), Ryan O’Gorman (Miss Saigon, Rent), Blake Anderson (Be More Cool, Rent) & Shanay Holmes (The BodyGuard, Rent). Get tickets!