May 2020: What’s on in the West End?
Please read here for more information about West End theatres, in line with communication from the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre.
West End shows in May 2020
From Chichester to the Menier Chocolate Factory and beyond! Finishing Jane Austen’s incomplete novel, Laura Wade’s The Watsons transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre from 8th May 2020. It’s based on a novel of the same name, where a 19 year old Emma Watson faces a lonesome life if she’s unable to marry fast. There’s plenty of suitors available, but that’s where Austen’s story ended. Tying Victorian storytelling with contemporary messages, The Watsons asks what happens when characters are left abandoned and picked up in a different era.
The Shark is Broken
After making waves at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, see what happened when the cameras stopped rolling on the Jaws set at The Shark Is Broken. Written by Jaws star Richard Shaw’s son, Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, the three-man comedy follows Robert Shaw, Roy Schieder and Richard Dreyfuss stuck on a boat in Cape Cod. Losing patience and fuelled by alcohol, nothing seems to be going their way. But, when they see a shiver of sharks in the water, will the footage be captured? The Shark Is Broken is at the Ambassadors Theatre from 11th May 2020.
Angels of the North
Set before, during and after the General Election on December 12th 2019, John Godber’s Angels of the North asks what would happen if the north of England was its own country. Seen through of the eyes of a taxi firm, it’s a play where survival and trying something new may be just what it takes. Angels of the North is at Trafalgar Studio Two from 12th May 2020.
To Kill a Mockingbird
It’s the Broadway play of the moment – and it’s coming to London. Witness Aaron Sorkin’s groundbreaking adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre from 21st May 2020. Rhys Ifans will play venerated lawyer Atticus Finch in this gripping drama, told through the eyes of his young daughter, Scout. It’s simply unmissable.