GIG REVIEW: Marc Almond

By Carron Stacey

WHERE: Portsmouth Guildhall

WHEN: 12/10, tour runs to 5/11

Am I still holding a torch for him? After the disappointment of the gig cancellation where Marc was supporting Human League at Brighton Racecourse last month, this evening was even more anticipated than it would’ve been.

  • Read on for reasons including what happened to those dancing at a seated gig

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for November

  1. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in London (not Sheffield) this time

Dan Gillespie Sells is frontman of The Feeling and we gave his debut musical the full 5* when we saw it in Sheffield in February. It’s a real celebration of mothers and sons and transfers to the West End 6/11 booking to 21/4/18. Tickets. The soundtrack is an absolute treat but our favourite is cross-dressing musical-within-a-song The Legend Of Loco Chanel. Don’t. Miss.

  • Read on for reasons including Bananarama reunited, Cinderella in Greenwich and Steps on tour

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Seagull starring Lesley Sharp, Brian Vernel & Adelayo Adedayo

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

WHEN: 7/10, press night 11/10, runs until 4/11

Simon Stephens, who adapted this Chekhov classic, is an Artistic Associate at this venue and won an Olivier Award for his work on The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

  • Read on for reasons including why Adelayo Adedayo is a name to watch out for in the future

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THEATRE REVIEW: A Woman Of No Importance starring Anne Reid, Eve Best & Eleanor Bron

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE: Vaudeville Theatre

WHEN: 6/10, press night 16/10, runs until 30/12

It was the casting of Eve Best which we were most excited by going into this show but it was the scene-stealing between act songs performed by Anne Reid (pictured above) which we came away from it talking about.

  • Read on for reasons including which director was in the bar at the interval

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GIG REVIEW: Dua Lipa

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Brighton Dome

WHEN: 5/10, world tour runs until 20/4/18

SETLIST: Hotter Than Hell; Dreams/No Lie; Lost In Your Light; Garden; Last Dance; IDGAF; Blow Your Mind (Mwah); Thinking ‘Bout You; New Love; Genesis; No Goodbyes; Scared To Be Lonely; Begging; Homesick; Be The One; New Rules

We arrive at the venue two-and-a-half hours before the doors open and are greeted by dozens of Dua Lipa fans already queueing to see their idol.

  • Read on for reasons including what we think album two from Dua will offer

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for October

  1. Christian Slater in Glengarry Glen Ross

Lady Gaga would’ve been our number one but her Joanne world tour now arrives – fingers crossed – at The 02 for two dates early in 2018, rescheduled from this month. No matter. Heathers star Slater appears in this David Mamet play about cutthroat Chicago salesmen at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End from 26/10 through 3/2/18. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Stranger Things, Dua Lipa and the Bridge Theatre opens

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THEATRE REVIEW: King Lear starring Ian McKellen

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre

WHEN: 23/9, press night 29/9, booking to 28/10

This is the third King Lear we’ve seen in recent years and is actually McKellen’s second stab at the role, describing it in the programme as ‘unfinished business’.

  • Read on for reasons including which Oscar winner was in the audience for this 2nd preview

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