Theatres in London’s West End reopen THIS MONTH – here are ten shows you can catch in person.
The UK government has announced that theatres will be able to open their doors from 17 May, albeit with social distancing restrictions in place.
A number of musicals, plays and concerts have announced plans to start performances in the coming weeks…
Six The Musical
Lyric Theatre – from 18 May – Get tickets
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.
The current West End cast Jarneia Richard-Noel as Catherine of Aragon, Courtney Bowman as Anne Boleyn, Natalie Paris as Jane Seymour, Alexia McIntosh as Anna of Cleves, Sophie Isaacs as Katherine Howard and Danielle Steers as Catherine Parr. They’re joined by alternates Zara MacIntosh, Cherelle Jay, Hana Stewart and Collette Guitart.
St Martins Theatre – from 17 May – Get tickets
The Mousetrap is the iconic murder mystery play. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
Shows will feature two alternating eight-member casts to ensure the show can go on.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Apollo Theatre – from 20 May – Get tickets
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie New, who is ixteen 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.
The new West End cast will include Noah Thomas in the title role, joined by Melissa Jacques (Margaret New), Shane Richie (Hugo / Loco Chanelle), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Hiba Elchikhe (Pritti Pasha) and Gillian Ford (Miss Hedge).
Les Misérables: The Staged Concert
Sondheim Theatre – 20 May to 5 September – Get tickets
The staged concert production of Les Misérables will return to the Sondheim Theatre from 20 May for a limited time.
Adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables shares the epic tale of a man’s life journey through 18th century France and his struggle to live through the injustice and revolution of the time.
The 2021 concert cast stars Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Javert, Lucie Jones as Fantine, Shan Ako as Éponine, Harry Apps as Marius, Gerard Carey as Thénardier, Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thénardier, Jamie Muscato as Enjolras, Charlie Burn as Cosette. Dean Chisnall will play the role of Jean Valjean at certain performances.
The show’s full production is currently scheduled to return from 26 September.
Amélie The Musical
Criterion Theatre – 20 May to 25 September – Get tickets
Amélie The Musical is to transfer to London’s West End, playing at the Criterion Theatre from Thursday, 20 May.
Based on the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated 2001 romantic comedy film of the sane name, Amélie features music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen and a book by Craig Lucas. It tells the story of a shy waitress living in Paris who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her.
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.
Here Come The Boys
London Palladium – 25 May to 9 June – Get tickets
Here Come The Boys will see Strictly superstars battle it out against a cutting-edge soundtrack of dance-floor anthems, club classics and guilty pleasures to be named ‘King of the Dance’ by audience members.
The show will star Strictly professionals past and present Aljaž Škorjanec, Pasha Kovalev, Graziano di Prima and Robin Windsor throughout its run.
Former Strictly Come Dancing celebrity finalist Karim Zeroual will present the show and they will be joined by guest star, Strictly professional Nadiya Bychkova.
Duchess Theatre – 18 May – 13 June – Get tickets
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.
The play previously streamed a filmed version during lockdown to critical acclaim.
Roles We’ll Never Play
Vaudeville Theatre – 22-23 May – Get tickets
Concert series Roles We’ll Never Play will hit the West End in May. Two shows will take place at London’s Vaudeville Theatre on Saturday, 22 May and Sunday, 23 May.
The shows will see a host of West End stars singing songs from the roles they’d usually never get to play on stage.
Vaudeville Theatre – 27-30 May – Get tickets
Following its online premiere, new musical Public Domain will play the West End this May. The piece is written and performed by Francesca Forristal & Jordan Paul Clarke who play two teenage influencers Z and Millie.
A teaser reveals: “A dark, funny, verbatim musical about the internet: Those who own it; those who live in it; and you. Written and performed by Francesca Forristal & Jordan Paul Clarke, this high-adrenaline, electronic thrill ride, conceived specially for multi-camera streaming, is made entirely from the words of YouTube vloggers, Instagram influencers, Facebook’s tech giants, and everyday internet users. It’s like ‘Black Mirror’ but real, and set to music.”
Garrick Theatre – 19 May – 11 July- Get tickets
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.
A teaser for the show shares: “It’s 1991 and a gaggle of guests gather on Tuck Island for a soirée like no other. The tension rises as the outrageous guests reveal their suspicious and sordid pasts, and one by one they sashay away, until at the last, nerve-shredding, side-splitting moment the surviving guests find out who-dunnit! This rampant, raucous, ridiculous romp of a murder mystery has gallons of gags, and more twists and turns than a drag queens wig.”