THEATRE REVIEW: Cyprus Avenue starring Stephen Rea at the Royal Court

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Royal Court Theatre RUNTIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 16/2/, opens 19/2, runs to 23/3/19

We’re in the 5th row and we count 3 members of the audience who head for the exit early as this startling play hurtles inexorably towards its terrifying conclusion.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train starring Ukweli Roach & Dervla Kirwan

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Young Vic RUNTIME: 120 minutes (excluding 15-minute interval)

WHEN? 15/2, opens 20/2 and runs to 30/3/19

Angel Cruz played by Ukweli Roach (pictured above) is in prison on Rikers Island, New York, where he encounters a fellow inmate on a similar murder charge.

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PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 3 starring Lina Hedlund, Martin Stenmarck & Jon Henrik Fjällgren

WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 16/2/19 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)

WHERE: Leksand

Last week’s Heat 2 had the disappointing double whammy of songs far less good than its predecessor and its best song finishing last but the good news is Heat 3 is a return to form.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? RUNTIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 9/2/19 (matinee), opens 18/2/19, booking until 14/9/19

‘Come from aways’ is a Newfoundland description for visitors from beyond the island and this is the story of what happened in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 when 38 planes were grounded there and the community embraced the outsiders.

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THEATRE REVIEW: All About Eve starring Gillian Anderson & Lily James

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Noel Coward Theatre RUNTIME: 120 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 9/2/19 (evening), opening 12/2/19, booking until 11/5/19

All About Eve is best known as a 1950 film which won 6 Oscars starring Bette Davis as Broadway star Margo Channing who finds she is usurped by ambitious young Eve Harrington who insinuates herself into the star’s life.

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PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 2 starring Margaret, Andreas Johnson & LIAMOO

WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 9/2/19 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)

WHERE:  Malmö

Melodifestivalen got off to a joyous start last weekend with Wiktoria’s glorious rain-soaked ballad Not With Me becoming our early favourite but what do we think of Heat 2’s snippets (listen and watch below)?

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GIG REVIEW: Tears For Fears & Alison Moyet at The O2

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: The O2

WHEN?: 6/2/19, European tour continues until 21/7/19

SETLIST:  Everybody Wants to Rule the World; Secret World; Sowing the Seeds of Love; Falling Down; Pale Shelter; Break It Down Again; Everybody Loves a Happy Ending; Change; Mad World; Memories Fade; Suffer The Children; Woman In Chains;Advice For The Young At Heart; Badman’s Song; Head Over Heels/Broken;  Shout

Alison Moyet setlist: I Germinate; Nobody’s Diary; Do You Ever Wonder?; Beautiful Gun; All Cried Out; The Rarest Birds; The Sharpest Corner (Hollow); Situation; Only You; Love Resurrection; Don’t Go

Good things come to those who wait and, almost 36 years to the day after we bought Tears For Fears’ debut album The Hurting on cassette, we see them live for the 1st time.

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Shy Manifesto starring Theo Ancient at Greenwich Theatre studio

WORTH A LOOK? ****

WHERE?: Greenwich Theatre (studio) RUN TIME: 80 minutes (without interval)

WHEN?: 3/2, touring UK until 4/3/19 Details

Navigating the challenging terrain of social media is tough enough for adults but what must be it like for teenagers at a time when cyber bullying is rarely out of the headlines?

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THEATRE REVIEW: Pinter at the Pinter starring Martin Freeman & Danny Dyer

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Harold Pinter Theatre RUN TIME: 120 minutes (including interval)

WHEN?: 1/2/19, press night 6/2/19, booking to 23/2/19

Danny Dyer might be familiar to you as father of Love Island‘s Dani, his Henry VIII connection, from EastEnders or because of a memorable ‘trotters up’ Brexit quote but you might not know he was twice directed by Harold Pinter, in 2000 and 2002.

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