All the West End shows you can see in Step Three from 17 May
West End theatres over the past year have suffered a great deal to say the least. But thankfully, the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. We’ve had 17 May marked down in our calendars for months, as it’s the day that indoor theatres are allowed to reopen with socially distanced performances under Step Three of Coronavirus guidelines. Theatres are definitely making the most of reopening again, with plenty of London premieres and old favourites in the coming weeks.
We’ve listed all the major London openings in the Step Three period. Currently, Step Three is set to last from 17 May - 20 June, with Step Four beginning from as early as 21 June. Learn more about what the reopening plan means for theatres here.
Which London theatres shows are opening in Step Three?
Are you as excited to get back to the theatre as we are? Explore all of the West End and off West End shows that will be starting performances with social distancing regulations from 17 May as part of Step Three of the reopening plan.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 17 May?
The Vaudeville Theatre will also reopen from 17 May, as RuPaul’s Drag Race queens The Vivienne, Tia Kofi, and Veronica Green begin a three-night stint. While at the Fortune, the Jane Austen improv show Austentatious returns.
Away from the West End, Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s Harm, starring Kelly Gough is at the Bush Theatre from 17 May - 26 June. The Bridge Theatre will also reopen with Flight, a co-production with the Barbican.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 18 May?
After ten days of streaming, Jack Holden’s Cruise will receive its in person premiere at the Duchess Theatre. Cruise is based on a true story told to Holden while volunteering, exploring the impact of the AIDS crisis on individuals.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 19 May?
Love Letters joins Death Drop as another production reopening after it had to shut in December. Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove reprise their roles in the two-hander at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 19 May - 13 June.
Shakespeare’s Globe will also be home to live performances from 19 May, with the Shakespeare comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream running on selected dates from 19 May - 30 October.
The Almeida Theatre will reopen its door for a series of international plays. Six Artists in Search of a Play will be performed twice a week for three weeks.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 20 May?
There’s a trio of West End musicals either opening or reopening from 20 May. At the Criterion, the West End transfer of Amelie begins, starring Audrey Brisson in the title role. Last seen at The Other Palace in 2019, Amelie now runs from 20 May - 25 September.
Ahead of Les Miserables returning in full, Les Miserables: The Staged Concert returns at the Sondheim for another summer run. Casting is slightly different this year, with Lucie Jones now playing Fantine from 20 May - 5 September. Les Miserables: The Staged Concert tickets are on sale now.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 21 May?
Six will resume performances at the Lyric Theatre from 21 May, continuing their London reign in their largest West End venue to date. Before & Juliet reopens, the Shaftesbury Theatre will bring the spirit of ABBA to London again. ABBA Mania is at the Shaftesbury from 21 May - 6 June.
The off-West End venue the Kiln Theatre also reopens from 21 May, with Amy Trigg’s debut play Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me receiving its debut.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 22 May?
The RE:EMERGE season at the Harold Pinter Theatre begins with Gemma Arterton in Walden from 22 May - 12 June. Over at the Vaudeville, concert series Roles We’ll Never Play runs for two nights, with over 30 cast members taking part.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 24 May?
A new concert series at the Apollo, starring Lucie Jones and Cedric Neal will begin from 24 May. Monday Night at the Apollo will run on selected dates through to July, and we can’t wait to discover more about our favourite stars. Matt Forde will also present his Political Party at the Garrick Theatre for three nights with political juggernauts taking to the stage, while Intermissions Live brings more concert fun to the Vaudeville Theatre.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 25 May?
Which London theatre shows can I see from 27 May?
Which London theatre shows can I see from 28 May?
Hampstead Theatre is one of the first off-West End theatres to reopen in the capital, with performances from 28 May. Dawn Walton will direct Alfred Fagon’s The Death of a Black Man as part of the theatre’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 2 June?
The National Theatre will have audiences returning to the Dorfman first, with Jack Thorne’s After Life being the first show to open. The world premiere will run from 2 June - 24 July, in a reconfigured Dorfman space.
The Show Must Go On finally goes on at the Palace Theatre, supporting the Theatre Support Fund that’s raised over £500,000 to theatre charities.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 7 June?
The Showstoppers return to the Garrick as Showstopper! The Improvised Musical resumes on select Mondays from 7 June. Meanwhile RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards makes her West End debut in Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen for one week at the Vaudeville Theatre. Pride at the Palace will also celebrate the brightest LGBTQ+ artists for one night only at the Palace Theatre.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 10 June?
Originally scheduled as a Christmas event, West End Musical Celebration will now take place at the Palace Theatre from 10 - 13 June. Stars taking part include Layton Williams, Sophie Evans and Shanay Holmes.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 11 June?
The Hampstead Theatre will be presenting two shows concurrently, as Raya begins performances from 11 June, starring Claire Price and Bo Poraj.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 13 June?
Last summer, the Turbine Theatre presented Hair concerts on a jetty. Now, Hair is going to the Palladium. The concerts will take place for one night only, starring Luke Bayer and Nicole Raquel Dennis.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 14 June?
Which London theatre shows can I see from 15 June?
One of Britain’s finest comedians, Jimmy Carr will present his latest stand-up show Terribly Funny at the Palace Theatre from 15 - 20 June.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 16 June?
The second of three shows in the RE:EMERGE season at the Harold Pinter Theatre begins on 16 June. J’Ouvert will run from 16 June - 3 July, but is also being presented on BBC Arts as part of their new initiative. The National’s Olivier Theatre will finally reopen too, as Under Milk Wood starring Michael Sheen begins.
Which London theatre shows can I see from 17 June?
Which London theatre shows can I see from 18 June?
The Donmar Warehouse will present a West End revival of Constellations from 18 June - 12 September, with four casts taking part. The eight cast members at the Vaudeville include Chris O’Dowd and Anna Maxwell Martin.
Photo credit: Shan Ako in Les Miserables, Max Hutchinson in The Woman in Black and Natalie Paris in Six (Photos by Michael Le Poer Trench, Tristram Kenton and Eleanor Howarth respectively)