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Dylan Wood in Teddy, Photo by Scott Rylander

This week: 14 – 20 May

14 May 2018 Suzanne Frost

We know the weather is lovely and you might just want to chill in the sun with a drink but London doesn’t rest and here are some shows you wouldn’t want to miss!

The Ferryman

Owen McDonnell and the current cast of The Ferryman. Photo: Johan Persson

This is the last week for this multi-award winning blockbuster of a show before it heads over to Broadway, where it will surely continue the current wave of success of British plays at the Tony Awards. After the tremendous hit Jerusalem, theatre wizard Jez Butterworth has once again written a dense and extensive script perfectly capturing the era of “the troubles” in Northern Ireland, reaching all the way to the large and lively Carney families’ rural farm, when their brother, uncle and husband Seamus, who vanished 10 years ago, is found dead. This is a rich, serious, deeply involving play that makes the political personal, will have you on the edge of your seat for 3 straight hours and leave you gobsmacked – promise.
 
The Ferryman is at the Gielgud Theatre until 19 May.
 
 
Jane Eyre

Dreda Blow as Jane and Javier Torres as Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre. Photo Caroline Holden

Northern Ballet is known for its storytelling and the brilliant company of actor-dancers from Leeds bring their dance adaptation of one of English literatures greatest heroines Jane Eyre to Sadler’s Wells this week. Charlotte Brontë’s tale of passion, dark secrets and the brooding and mysterious Mr Rochester should make for a great dramatic narrative ballet and the production was very well received at its premiere in 2017. This is the first time Jane Eyre will be performed in central London and with choreography by Cathy Marston – hurrah a female choreographer  - we are excited to be transported to the Yorkshire Moors of Brontë land.
 
Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre will be at Sadler’s Wells 15 – 19 May.
 
 
Swan Lake

Swan Lake. Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez. ©ROH, 2017. Photographed by Bill Cooper

Over at the Royal Ballet, it is time to unveil their brand new production of Swan Lake. Easily the ultimate, most famous, most beloved of classical ballets ever, the company have been performing Anthony Dowell’s version since 1987, so this is a big deal. The new production will be by young Royal Ballet associate choreographer Liam Scarlett with designs by John McFarlane, the creative duo that gave us the gorgeous Frankenstein. Six of the company’s principle ballerinas will take on the challenging role of Odette/Odile, embodying good and evil. Scarlett will bring a fresh look to the great classic and we can reveal that after 30 years of long dresses the swans will be in the classic short tutus again. Yay!
 
Swan Lake will be at the Royal Opera House 17 May – 21 June.
 
 
Teddy

Joseph Prowen and Jennifer Kirby in Teddy. Photo by Darren Bell

Just in case you got too much sun on your head, the cold dark Vaults under Waterloo Station are calling with 1950s Rock’n’Roll musical Teddy. With electrifying original songs influenced by hits from the 1950s performed by the on-stage live band Johnny Valentine and the Broken Hearts, Teddy is the ultimate story of rebellious youth and the birth of a new musical era in a post-Blitz London. Bursting with the energy of a live gig, this is theatre that leaves you on a high and jiving all the way home. The set design elaborately creates an immersive time-travelling experience and the soundtrack is now available on iTunes and Spotify due to popular demand – so you can practice your Rock’n’Roll lifts later at home.
 
Teddy is playing at the Vaults until 3 June.
 
 
Museums at Night



For all of you eager to get the maximum sunshine hours, you don’t have to compromise on culture, as this week it’s time for Museums at Night, the twice annual opportunity to visit hundreds of London museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites after dark. With its festival vibe, many venues will offer special events, activities and drinks to turn your visit into a social experience so get involved and dive deeper into some fascinating displays for the culturally curious.
 
Museums at Night runs from 16 – 19 May. Full list of events here.
 
 
 
 
 
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