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

  1. Sacha Dhawan in new Alan Bennett play

Sacha Dhawan (pictured above) won our Best Film/TV Actor monsta last year for The Boy With the Topknot and is here reunited with playwright Alan Barnett and former History Boy Samuel Barnett in a play at the Bridge Theatre marking the 70th birthday of the NHS. Runs 11/7 to 28/9/18. Tickets

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  • Read on for reasons including Sigrid, Mamma Mia 2, Years and Years in Camden and Importance Of Being Earnest

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THEATRE REVIEW: Heathers starring Carrie Hope Fletcher at the Other Palace

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Other Palace

WHEN: 15/6, runs to 4/8/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes (with a 20-minute interval)

We’ve not experienced this level of pre-show excitement in a theatre since we saw Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, a stone’s throw from this venue.

  • Read on for reasons including how the buzz for this show is electric

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THEATRE REVIEW: Monogamy starring Janie Dee at the Park Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Park Theatre

WHEN: 9/6, press night 11/6, runs to 7/7/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours 10 minutes (with 20 minute interval)

Janie Dee starred in our favourite revival of last year, Follies, which also saw her shortlisted for monstas for Best Actress and Performance Of A Song and she returns to it at the National Theatre early next year.

  • Read on for reasons including why Dee is one of our finest actresses

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie starring Lia Williams at the Donmar Warehouse

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Donmar

WHEN: 8/6, press night 12/6, runs to 28/7/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 35 minutes (with 15 minute interval)

Star Lia Williams’ last two plays (Oresteia and Mary Stuart) transferred into the West End from their runs at the Almeida and it would not surprise us in the least if that feat was repeated here.

  • Read on for reasons including why Williams’ performance is the best by any actress this year

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THEATRE REVIEW: My Name Is Lucy Barton starring Laura Linney at the Bridge Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Bridge Theatre

WHEN: 2/6, press night 6/6, runs to 24/6/18

RUN TIME: 90 minutes without interval

Laura Linney made her UK stage debut last night as the titular Lucy Barton with this monologue adapted from the 5th novel by Elizabeth Strout which was longlisted for the 2016  Man Booker Prize

  • Read on for reasons including how Linney returns to Tales Of The City soon

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THEATRE REVIEW: Julie starring Vanessa Kirby

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Lyttelton, National Theatre

WHEN: 1/6, press night 7/6, runs to 8/9/18

RUN TIME: 90 minutes without interval

Hopes are high for this August Strindberg adaptation not least because star Vanessa Kirby won a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA last month for her turn as Princess Margaret in Netflix’s much-admired The Crown.

  • Read on for reasons including sex on a ladder and an unfortunate end for a bird

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THEATRE REVIEW: Leave Taking starring Adjoa Andoh

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Bush Theatre (Press review night ticket)

WHEN: Press night 31/5, runs to 30/6/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 10 minutes (including interval)

What was it like to have been born and raised in Jamaica in the last century and to move to the UK for a new life?

  • Read on for reasons including how this mixes both comedy and tragedy to tell an unusual story

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FILM REVIEW: The Happy Prince starring Rupert Everett, Colin Morgan & Colin Firth

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Greenwich Picturehouse

WHEN: 29/5/18 (preview screening), UK release 15/6/18

RUN TIME: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Theatregoers will remember Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde from his marvellous Olivier Award-nominated turn in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss which transferred from Hampstead Theatre to the West End in 2013.

  • Read on for reasons including surprise cameos from stars including Tom Wilkinson and Beatrice Dalle

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