#SMMPick - Top 10 London Ticket Picks (W/C May 2nd)

After a few weeks away from it, I'm back this evening with the return of the weekly #SMMPick list, my personal selection of what I consider to be the ten hottest tickets in Theatreland for the week ahead. After kissing goodbye to Nell Gwynn at the Apollo and Hand to God at the Vaudeville last week, let's see what the theatre landscape has got left in its wide breadth...

10 - My Mother Said I Never Should (St James Theatre)
I admittedly know next to nothing about this show that recently opened at the St James, but I do know that it stars the likes of Olivier Award winner Katie Brayben and Maureen Lipman. The play looks at the complex story of a woman giving up her career for motherhood and everything that followed and opened to many four and five star reviews; it was edgy in the 80s and appears to still be edgy now.

Whenever I compile these lists, I also try and throw in a long-running show that I feel needs to be remembered in the midst of these new summer openings and The Book of Mormon is the one for this week. The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Best Musical tells the tale of two mormons who head out to Uganda in the hopes of spreading the love for their religion. It's crude, hilarious and heartwarming all at once and is always worth a visit if it's your first or even your fifth time.

8 - The Flick (National Theatre, Dorfman)*
I've had a burning desire to see this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama since it opened in New York and now it's here in London, I love it even more. The story follows three members of staff at an aging single-screen cinema and all of their internal fears and worries. The reason it doesn't score more highly on the list this week is because while it is very interesting to understand creatively, it is almost four hours of chitter chatter and might be boring to some. Read more about it in my full review tomorrow.


7 - Les Blancs (National Theatre, Olivier)
I'm ashamed to admit that I am yet to catch this play and while it's received mixed reviews from critics, it certainly still has a lot of buzz surrounding it and is one that look interesting to take on board. The story focuses on Tshembe as he returns to his African country that is on the brink of civil war. Tensions between the races are high as the country fights for its independence and Tshembe is caught in the middle of it all. It's harrowing, touching and eye-opening and is one I need to see before it goes.

You all know how much I adored X when I saw it a few weeks back so there is no need for me to gush over it again for the unth time, but it closes this Saturday and it's your last chance to catch it before it goes! Set on a space station on Pluto, six British people are put out there to see if human life really can survive in the depths of Space, but then they lose contact with the Earth and what appeared to be reality isn't all too clear anymore...

5 - Elegy (Donmar Warehouse)
Another amazing looking play that I'm yet to catch is the Zoe Wanamaker-led sci fi play Elegy at the Donmar Warehouse. Everything at the Donmar is held in high critical acclaim but it's so off my radar that I've only ever been down there once, but it's a beautiful space that manages incredible work. Elegy looks at the near-future and describes what life would be like if we could prolong life and control the human brain through the means of science. It's nerdy, modern and edgy and is a proper #SMMPick.


4 - Show Boat (New London Theatre)*
I liked Show Boat and I didn't like Show Boat (more about that in my full review later this week), but it was still an undeniably fantastic production nonetheless. This glorious score from almost 90 years ago has never sound more stunning and it's fascinating to see that the story it tells still resonates to this day; a magnificent revival of a classic if you were to ever come across one.

I'm sick of going on about this one because you all know how much I adore it now, but let's just say I'm sitting on stage again later this month and I couldn't be more excited!

Is this too much of a surprise? Sheridan Smith leads this transcendent revival of the Barbra Streisand classic with perfection and not only is her performance fantastic, but the entire production is as well. The music has never sounded more gorgeous, the story has never been more beautiful and the evening has never felt more glamorous. Another work of art at the Savoy!


Now in its final week in the West End, you have to make sure you catch Glenn Close in the revival of the show that made her a Tony-winning star of the stage. Andrew Lloyd Webber's gorgeous and underrated score sounds sublime when performed by this enormous orchestra and sung by the likes of Michael Xavier and Siobhan Dillon. Everything about it is splendid and I can't wait for this show to come around again.

 
* Shows with an asterisk denote a show that I have seen them; most titles with the asterisks next to them are links to my review of the said show.

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