Prepare yourself for a marvellous May in London. Spring has officially sprung, the days are warming up and London’s parks are at their blooming best. Spend those sunny May days in London exploring the capital's great outdoors or sinking a drink (or two) on one of London's rooftop bars, which have just started to open. Be sure to make the most of not one, but two Bank Holidays in May, by checking out the city's new exhibitions and theatre shows. May in London is also the month of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London Craft Week, London Wine Week, the Hackney Half Marathon, Chelsea Fringe and Museums at Night. Here's our guide to the best events, parties, pop-ups and things to do in May 2020 in London. You're in for one sweet, sweet month.
While your diary’s out, remember that it's never too early to start planning for June either.
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The best May events in London
The 81-year-old theatre legend’s new play is about the titular Jewish quarter of Vienna and follows it from its heyday as a haven for the Jews of Europe to the clampdown of the Nazi regime.
Artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall has written and will also direct this narrative of Tehran life. It's a story of illicit raves and escaping the morality police, which aims to create an alternative view into an often-misunderstood country.
Poet Derek Walcott's ‘Omeros’ is his landmark work; in it, he reimagines Classical epic the Iliad for a setting on Caribbean island Saint Lucia.
You want a mash-up of opera, house music and the Orfeus myth? SURE YOU DO. Created by American baritone Nmon Ford, ‘Orfeus’ is set in a dystopian near-future and features creator Ford himself as the eponymous hero, who must save the poet Eurydice from his fascist father, Pluto.
The tearjerking Tony-winner ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ comes to London. The musical concerns the eponymous troubled teen, who writes himself a series of letters to help him cope with a profoundly difficult time in his life, following the tragic death of a school friend.
This year-long free display will introduce British audiences to Dóra Maurer, an Hungarian artist who started making work at a time when her country's government were trying to mould artists' output to their own political ends.
Check out this revival of the big-hearted, acceptance-preaching, ’60s-homaging musical. It’s being billed as a new production, though fans of the original are unlikely to be disappointed, as it reunites director Jack O’Brie, choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and star Michael Ball.
Jake Gyllenhaal made his stage debut in London, but has stayed away since. Finally, though, he’s back, reprising his lead role in this recent Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant 1984 musical.
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