London is the epicentre of everything theatre and home to one of the biggest theatre districts in the world, the West-End.
But it’s not all west-end smashes, London is also rich with theatres across the UK capital.
We’ve taken a look at Time-Out’s top choices for May’s opening shows and dug into the costume designers on four shows that make us super excited!
Time to take your seats ladies and gentleman…
Rosmersholm (Design by Rae Smith)
The lesser known Ibsen play Rosersholm has been adapted by Duncan Macmillan and plays at the Duke of York’s Theatre Until July 20th 2019.
The cast sees Tom Burke and Rebecca West take to the stage.
Costume (as well as set) has been created by designer Rae Smith whose most recent designs include: The Night of the Iguana (Coward), Girl from the North Country (Old Vic/Coward/Public Theatre, NYC); Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre, Roundhouse/UK and world tour); Rusalka (Glyndebourne).
Check out Rae’s work at www.raesmith.co.uk
Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V (Design by Jessica Worrall)
Michelle Terry brings back her diverse acting ensemble to take on these three Henrys in rep. The company sees many woman take the lead roles with Terry playing Hotspur herself, with Helen Schlesinger as Falstaff and Sarah Amankwah as Hal/Henry V.
The design helm is being lead by Jessica Worrall.
Check out Jessica’s work at www.jessicaworrall.co.uk
The shows run at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre until October 11th 2019
Small Island (Design by Katrina Lindsay)
Running until August 10th 2019 at the National Theatre, Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel ‘Small Island’ is being realised on stage by a 40-strong cast.
The play is designed by the award-winning designer Katrina Lindsay (Tony for her costume design on Les Liaisons Dangereuses.) She is also famous for her design on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
King Hedley II
Theatre Royal Stratford East present King Hedley II a story set against the backdrop of Reagan’s America, where King, an ex-con, is trying to rebuild his life and start a family.
The play stars comedy legend turned serious actor Lenny Henry and runs until June 15th 2019.
The show is designed by Oliver Award-winning scenic and costume designer Peter McKintosh. McKintosh trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School after obtaining a degree in Theatre at the University of Warwick. He has designed a diverse range of plays, musicals and operas all over the world. His designs for ‘The 39 Steps’, which ran for nine years in the West End, were nominated for both Best Set and Best Costume Tony Awards on Broadway. He is also a patron of the Noël Coward Archive Trust.
Check out Peter McKintosh’s work at www.petermckintosh.com