There’s no better escape from the pessimism of the real word than in the theatre. Whether or not the production you choose ends in tears of sorrow or laughter, it’s that feeling of connecting and identifying with an alternative universe that is precious. So no wonder our 40-plus Mates are as busy as ever, taking in such a wide range of openings in London and beyond.
As part of a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (12-19 May 2019). Amidst her choices are two more West End productions of classic American drama: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic, described by Emily Garside as a “revelation”; and Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending at the Menier Chocolate Factory which, for Libby Purves, is “sultry, sinful, shocking and shining”.
Elsewhere, new Mate Amy Toledano (‘withinherownwords’) finds new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at the Southwark Playhouse “truly mesmerising”. Read on to find out more.