Unmissable Things To Do in London in May 2024

Unmissable Things To Do in London in May 2024

May we? We may? Ok then, if you insist, here’s our latest monthly list of Unmissable Things To Do in London (and beyond).

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Peckham Fringe 2014 | From 1 May

South London’s finest showcase of new talent in theatre and more.

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Liberation Squares | Brixton House | 2-11 May | From £16

Sisterhood and social media activism collide in this inventive mix of music, TikToks and getting political to affect change.

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Between the Lines | New Diorama Theatre | From 3 May | From £16

Go behind the scenes of pirate radio subculture in this ode to jungle, grime and the power of community.

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Bangers & Nash | The Albany | 3 May | From £11

New comedy night at The Albany in Deptford looks to liven up late nights at our local venue.

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Shake the High Road | Multiple Venues | 4 May

Fresh independent festival for those who want to escape the corporates in E11.

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Common | Sydenham Wells Park | 7-12 May | From £12.50

Our favourite grassroots theatre company are back with a tale of the battle for common land in Sydenham Common.

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Arts Week 2024 | Birkbeck, University of London | 7-10 May

London’s university for night owls – and those who can’t afford to not work whilst at uni – opens its doors for a stellar line up of mind-expanding arts and culture. Read our interview with Fintan Walsh here.

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Get Off | Battersea Arts Centre | 8-25 May | Pay What You Can

Katie Baird is punk personified, with a DGAF attitude exposing truths in our messy world through queer rebellious anarchy. Check out our interview with Katy!

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EnbyVision Song Contest | 21 Soho | 8 May | From £10

Celebrate non-binary performers in this fundraiser themed around Eurovision (controversial this year with the inclusion of Israel), raising money for Palestine. If only the European Broadcasting Union would do the same!

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Anna Mann: Anna’s Angels Live Podcast | Museum of Comedy | 8 May | £9

Anything goes podcast recording with the inimitable Colin Hoult and his recently resurrected queen Anna Mann.

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Karrasekare | The Place | 10 & 11 May | £18

Get inside the queer carnivalesque of Sardinia in this visually stunning show.

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Shelley | Camden People’s Theatre | 10 & 11 May | From £8

A fusion of burlesque and body fluids examining how Shelley Duvall (The Shining) was treated in the filming of the ultimate horror movie.

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Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera | Wilton’s | 14 & 15 May | From £12.50

Traditional African storytelling is presented with a new kind of opera/musical theatre in various dialects and languages including: Nigerian Pidgin English, Patois, Creole, Cockney, Hip Hop Vernacular and Multicultural London Slang.

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Commons Festival 2024 | Stanley Arts | 14-26 May

A beautifully curated dance festival of performances, workshops and exhibitions.

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Beryl Cook / Tom of Finland | Studio Voltaire | From 15 May | FREE

British icon Beryl Cook meets gay icon Tom of Finland in this perfect pairing exhibition in Clapham Common.

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Performance Dork | Battersea Arts Centre | 16 May | Pay What You Can

Our favourite performance art dork Daniel Oliver makes a gloriously messy, fantastical alternative to the neurotypical.

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Futures Festival | Pleasance London | From 16 May

A festival of hot new performance talent exploring topics as varied as being Burundian with Muti Musafiri’s InforMotion to queering greek myths with Oedipussi Rex (pictured above).

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Bluets | Royal Court | From 17 May | From £15

The colour blue has inspired countless artists including Joni Mitchell, Derek Jarman, Andy Warhol and Billie Holiday. This show deals with depression, obsession and the connections to the colour blue.

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Humour in the Water Coolant | ICA | 18 & 19 May | £15

A play where a woman is haunted by the appliances in her new home.

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Long Live Queer Nightlife | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 19 May | From £12

Zing Tsjeng – Editor in Chief at VICE and VICE UK – chairs a panel on the queer nightlife revolution.

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Charles and Diana – The Reunion Tour | Two Brewers | 22 May | £13

A glorious 80s fiesta hosted by the people of the decade Charles and Diana, as they discover their inner New Romantic.

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Materia | Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton | 23-25 May | From £12.50

A one-of-a-kind chance to visit Brighton in its best month of the year to see mind-boggling circus, object manipulation and pure visual magic.

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Fishbowl | Theatre Royal Brighton | 23-25 May | From £15

Physical comedy and tech wizardry combine as this show follows the misadventures of three misfit anti-heroes in adjoining Parisian apartments.

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Cry For Me | Camden People’s Theatre | 23-25 May | From £8

A wonderfully weird exploration of Romanian traditions of wailing. ‘Babele bocitoare (buh-beh-leh bow-chi-twa-reh) are Romanian professional mourners: older women who go to funerals to cry for the deceased and their family.’

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Shooting from Below | Battersea Arts Centre | 24 May | Pay What You Can

Midgitte Bardot uses musical theatre, movement, live art and drag to challenge the stereotypes around dwarfism.

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Women and Cocaine Presents: Devil and the Deep (1932) | The Cinema Museum | 24 May | £8

Cult pre-code film night Women and Cocaine celebrates the legend that was Tallulah Bankhead whom Marlene Dietrich declared to be “the most immoral woman who ever lived”.

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The Crip Monologues | Camden People’s Theatre | 27-28 May | From £8

Disabled people reclaim the gaze as The Crip Monologues explore disability, scrutiny and intimacy.

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Women Who Gave No F****s | Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch | 31 May | £15

A delightful night of ‘deliciously imperfect’ women’s buccaneering tales.

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Comedy Night with Sophie Duker x Temi Wilkey | Common Press | 31 May | £11.25

A comedy night at London’s inclusive LGBTQIA+ bookshop featuring two outstanding women.

Did we forget any unmissable things to do in London? We almost certainly did – please let us know in the comments below or contact us!