Spring 2016 – What’s On in May? My Highlights

Would love to hear what everyone else is looking forward to seeing this month too! – please do share. My highlights are as follows

Catch before they close…

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

  • National Theatre, London
  • Closes Wednesday 18 May
  • Reviewed on this site

The Caretaker

  • The Old Vic, London
  • Closes Saturday 14 May
  • Reviewed on this site (latest review!)

The Maids – with Laura Carmichael (Edith from Downton Abbey), Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)

  • Trafalgar Studios, London
  • Closes Saturday 21 May

King Lear

  • Royal Exchange, Manchester
  • Closes 7th May
  • Review coming soon!
  • King Lear fans take note, a new production opens at the Old Vic, London in October 2016, with Glenda Jackson returning to the stage after a 25 year career in politics

New for May…

Funny Girl

  • Musical, starring Sheridan Smith
  • Opened at the Savoy Theatre, London on Wednesday 20 April
  • What are the critics saying?
  • “Sheridan has the audience eating out of her hand” (FT, 4 stars)
  • “a performance that is all-singing, all dancing, all-joking and, somehow, all-soul too” (The Times, 4 stars)
  • Review coming soon!


  • the new West End musical
  • Prince Edward Theatre, London
  • Opens Friday 27 May

Jekyll and Hyde

  • The Old Vic, London
  • Opens Friday 20th May

Romeo and Juliet

  • Garrick Theatre, London
  • Opens Thursday 12th May
  • Review to follow

Sunset at the Villa Thalia

  • National Theatre, London
  • Opens Wednesday 25th May
  • 1960s Greece in political turmoil, a new play by Alexi Kaye Campbell
  • Review to follow

The Threepenny Opera

  • National Theatre, London
  • Opens Wednesday 18th May
  • Simon Stephens’ translation of Brecht’s original twentieth century musical theatre text, starring Rory Kinnear (known for The Imitation Game (2012), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015)
  • Review to follow
  • Review of Simon Stephens’ adaption of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time on this site

Broadcast – NT: A View from the Bridge

  • Thursday 12 May 2016 in cinemas
  • The Young Vic’s production which won 3 Olivier Awards in 2014 including Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong (the Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and best Director for Ivo van Hove