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Top shows to see in May

Here's our pick of the best shows to see in London this May. Book tickets for the hottest shows in town!

Chess at London Coliseum

Chess at London Coliseum. Image courtesy of London Colesium.
Chess at London Coliseum. Image courtesy of London Coliseum

Step into a twisted tale of love and politics as two chess rivals go head to head both in their profession and pursuit of the same woman in Chess. The show is written by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice, and includes famous songs such as One Night in Bangkok and I Know Him So Well. 26 Apr-2 Jun. Book now

Nightfall at The Bridge Theatre

Nightfall at The Bridge Theatre poster image. Image courtesy of The Bridge Theatre.
Nightfall at The Bridge Theatre. Image courtesy of The Bridge Theatre.

Be transported into the upturned lives of a farming family in the wake of the father’s death with Barney Norris' captivating play, Nightfall. While the son struggles to earn a living from the land, his sister returns to console their mother. But will the arrival of the daughter’s rich boyfriend change their future plans? 1 May-26 May

Red at Wyndham's Theatre

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Red at the Noel Coward Theatre. Image courtesy of Kate Morley PR

Michael Grandage directs the first UK revival of John Logan’s Red since its multi-award-winning run at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009. Watch as artist Mark Rothko attempts his greatest creation yet in the hope it can become his defining work. 4 May-28 Jul. Book now

Arcadia 10th Anniversary Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Pyrotechnics and robotics  on the stage as part of Arcadia's Metamorphosis show. Image courtesy of Arcadia
Arcadia 10th Anniversary Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Image courtesy of Arcadia

Experience the Arcadia 10th Anniversary Festival, bringing a unique mix of immersive theatre, world-class DJs, pyrotechnics and robotics to London. The stage is brought to life with the Metamorphosis show, backed by tunes from the likes of Sven Väth and Rudimental. 5-6 May. Book now

Peter Pan at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

A view onto the stage at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Image courtesy of Jo Allan PR.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2018 season. Image courtesy of Jo Allan PR.

Explore Neverland like never before, as puppetry and theatrics combine to bring JM Barrie’s Peter Pan to life. Remembering the real “lost boys” – the soldiers of World War One who never made it home – Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel’s moving interpretation kicks off the theatre’s 2018 season. 17 May-15 Jun. Book now

Consent at Harold Pinter Theatre

Consent at Harold Pinter Theatre promotional poster. Image courtesy of Harold Pinter Theatre.
Consent at Harold Pinter Theatre. Image courtesy of Harold Pinter Theatre

Discover how a complex legal case splits two friends as they take opposing views in Consent. Nina Raine’s tragicomedy transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre following a sell-out season at the National Theatre. 18 May-11 Aug. Book now

Killer Joe at Trafalgar Studios

Orlando Bloom stars in Killer Joe
Killer Joe at Trafalgar Studios. Image courtesy of See Tickets.

Catch Orlando Bloom in Tracy Letts’ dark comic thriller Killer Joe, which sees a perfectly planned murder plot take an unexpected turn. Will the scheming Smith family get their hands on the family matriarch’s money with the help of a hitman, or will their innocent daughter’s presence foil their plans? 18 May-18 Aug. Book now

The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre

The cast dance on stage during The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre. Photo credit: Johan Persson. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR.
The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre. Photo credit: Johan Persson. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR

Find out what happens when the unexpected appearance of a visitor throws the Carney family’s traditional harvest celebrations into disarray, in The Ferryman. What news does the visitor bring? And what does this mean for the Irish family’s future? Until 19 May. Book now

Circolombia at Underbelly Festival

Street food market at Underbelly Festival
Underbelly Festival in South Bank. Image courtesy of South Bank

Watch in awe as 13-strong circus troupe Circolombia brings its incredible repertoire of gravity-defying stunts and mesmerising acrobatics to London’s South Bank. This high-energy show from the Colombian daredevils is part of the Underbelly Festival, which hosts a range of comedy, circus, theatre and more throughout the summer. 24 May-14 Jul

Tartuffe at Theatre Royal Haymarket

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Tartuffe at Theatre Royal Haymarket. Image courtesy of Theatre Royal Haymarket

Follow Christopher Hampton’s modern-day adaption of Molière’s classic comedy, Tartuffe, which sees an evangelist attempt to charm a Los Angeles-based media tycoon in an attempt to steal his fortune. This show, which alternates between English and French (including surtitles), is the first dual-language production of its kind in London’s West End. 25 May-28 Jul. Book now

The Best Man at Playhouse Theatre

The Best Man at the Playhouse Theatre promotional poster. Image courtesy of the Playhouse Theatre.
The Best Man at the Playhouse Theatre. Image courtesy of the Playhouse Theatre.

Pick your winner from Gore Vidal’s award-winning play The Best Man, which tracks the race for the White House hot seat. Two candidates battle for the votes and the support of a former president, using underhand tactics to secure victory. Until 26 May. Book now