Emmie Newitt

10 theatre shows opening in London in May (2024)

Wondering what theatre shows to see in London in May 2024? We’ve got a guide to the best ones opening this month!

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Spring is in full swing and London has a huge collection of new shows opening in May. From the return of the smash hit play People, Places and Things heading to the Trafalgar Theatre and the West End transfer of Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder beginning its run at the Ambassadors Theatre, there’s an exciting array of theatrical performances to get stuck into this month. With our guide to the best new shows in London, you won't miss out on the must-see productions heading into the city. But let’s dive into the London shows you can see in May

1. A View From The Bridge

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Highly acknowledged as one of the greatest works of 20th century US there, Dominic West and Callum Scott Howells star in a new revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. The 1955 play offers a gripping exploration of human nature, delving deep into themes of love, loyalty, and betrayal.

A View From The Bridge Tickets

2. People, Places and Things

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The smash hit play by Duncan Macmillan which captures the compelling portrayal of one woman’s battle to sober up and accept herself. People, Places and Things will feature Denise Gough who reprises the role which won her an Olivier award.

People Places and Things Tickets

3. Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder!

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After selling out two seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a limited run in Manchester and Bristol, the joyous new British comedy musical Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! opens in the West End for a limited season. Expect a combination of comedy and murder mystery in what was loved by critics and audiences!

Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder Tickets

4. Heathers The Musical

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Based on one of the greatest cult teen films of all time, Heathers The Musical heads back to London ahead of its third UK tour later in 2024. The musical is a vibrant explosion of dark humour, catchy tunes, and unforgettable characters. Catch this award-winning production during its limited season at the @sohoplace this spring!

  • Playing at sohoplace
  • Booking until 6 July 2024

Heathers The Musical Tickets

5. The Opera Locos

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World-class singers combine physical comedy, opera classics and pop hits in this totally unique night at the theatre. The Opera Locos is an outstanding Spanish company that performs a spectacular love story filled with colourful characters at the Peacock Theatre this spring.

The Opera Locos Tickets

6. Bluets

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Based on the acclaimed novel by Maggie Nelson, Bluets is a story centred around depression and desire, pleasure and pain, and a person possessed by a lifelong obsession with the colour blue. With a stellar cast expected including Emma D’Arcy and Ben Whishaw.

Bluets Tickets

7. The Government Inspector

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Nikolai Gogol’s masterpiece comedy The Government Inspector heads to the Marylebone Theatre in May. The play exposes the collective delusion and the swindlers who would exploit it. It’s a production that remains as relevant and entertaining today as it was when it was first penned in the 19th century.

The Government Inspector Tickets

8. Passing Strange

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The European premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, Passing Strange opens at the Young Vic Theatre next month.. The show follows a young, Black musician as he sets out on an electrifying musical odyssey to find himself and his place in the world, swapping his middle-class L.A. upbringing for punk rock and protest in 1980s Amsterdam and Berlin.

Passing Strange Tickets

9. Jerry’s Girls

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A revival of the show which celebrates the life and legacy of legendary and award-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman heads to the Menier Chocolate Factory for a limited run. Featuring an all-female cast and band, Jerry’s Girls will feature timeless songs from musicals such as Hello, Dolly!, Mame and Mack and Mabel.

Jerry's Girls Tickets

10. A Song of Songs

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From an unprecedented collaboration of international artists comes a critically acclaimed musical play, A Song of Songs. Fusing together a world music score, Middle Eastern harmonics, dazzling choreography and an inspiring story of passion and awakening; this new production will definitely leave you in awe.

A Song of Songs Tickets

With so much on offer during May, you'll be spoilt for choice! Don't forget to book your tickets with London Box Office to get the best availability on these shows.