5 West End productions you need to see before they close
With a variety of productions opening in the West End throughout the year, there are also shows which will soon close, having their final performances over the coming weeks. From West End transfers to brand new productions, make sure you’ve got your tickets to these must-see shows with our guide to shows closing soon in London.
Shows closing soon in London
Alex Kingston and Sarah Hadland star in the West End premiere of Admissions, written by Joshua Harman. When Sherri Rosen-Mason, an admissions department head learns that her son Charlie is not accepted to Ivy League universities, personal thoughts and public declarations clash in a fiery play. Privilege, power and “whiteness” are tested in this collegiate-themed play, with Mark Shenton giving a four star review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, saying that “This is a frequently furious debate play that swirls around issues of entitlement, white privilege and positive discrimination, and Aukin’s production keeps the tensions, arguments and counter-arguments flowing rapidly for an unbroken 1 hour 45 minutes.”
Admissions will close at Trafalgar Studios on25th May.
Hailed as the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare, the stories of Emilia Bassano are infrequently told in prose. However, the Vaudeville Theatre lights up the West End with a refreshing, feminist production that brings her untold tales to life, capturing her voice. Centuries of history are retold in the show’s West End premiere, with Mark Shenton’s review for LondonTheatre.co.uk saying that: “There may be a rough-edged quality to Nicole Charles’s pacy production, but this is a play that speaks to today, as a woman finds her own story and the voice to tell it with. As fiercely embodied by not one but three actors – Saffron Coomber, Adelle Leonce and Clare Perkins – she comes alive with passion and conviction.”
Emilia will close at the Vaudeville Theatre on 1st June.
The Twilight Zone
First performed at the Almeida Theatre, The Twilight Zone is in its final few performances at the Ambassadors Theatre, combining television magic and political conversation into a stand-out show. Fans of the television series will recognise scenes from the 1950s, however its intellectual, thought-provoking conversations are guaranteed to stimulate any audience member. In a review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Mark Shenton said “It creates an air of sustained mystery that has a psychological impact that gets under your skin instead.”
The Twilight Zone will close at the Ambassadors Theatre on 1st June.
Rip It Up
Transporting West End audiences to the sounds and sights of the swinging sixties, Strictly Come Dancing quartet Harry Judd, Louis Smith, Aston Merrygold and Jay McGuiness star in Rip it Up. With a whole host of anthems by Lulu, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder covered live, see a decade of history, culture and global events come to life right in the West End. Combining the thrill of seeing your favourite boyband live and hearing the beating heart of UK music, Rip it Up wows, dazzles and packs a punch!
Rip it Up will close at the Garrick Theatre on 2nd June.
Often hailed as one of Harold Pinter’s greatest plays, Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox star in Betrayal at the theatre which shares the playwright’s namesake. Following the nine-year relationships of Emma, Jerry and Robert in reverse chronology, the play explores how marital behaviours are tested, especially when temptation lurks around the corner. In a five star review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Mark Shenton praised the entire show, saying that “the play is stripped to its bare bones, both physically and emotionally: it is stylishly staged with minimal sets and props (four bottles stage left, three movable walls, and two chairs) that are placed on a revolve and reconfigure the space constantly. This is a magnificent, searing account of Pinter’s most autobiographically charged play.”
Betrayal will close at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 8th June.
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