PREVIEW: 10 reasons to be excited about November

  1. Funny Girl previews starring Sheridan Smith

Arguably Britain’s favourite actress has sold out the entire run of this musical classic at the Menier Chocolate Factory. It’s Ms Smith’s first musical since her award-winning turn in the fantastic Legally Blonde and we’ll be reporting from the previews this month.

  • Carry on reading for reasons 2-10 including Suede’s new film, Doctor Foster‘s Bertie Carvel and Kim Cattrall’s Linda.

2. Suede preview new album and film

Camden Roundhouse is one of our favourite venues and on 13 and 14/11 Suede join us there to preview their new album and film Night Thoughts. The first song we’ve to hear from it Outsiders (see clip above) is lyrically familiar territory and sits comfortably within their armoury of fine songs.

3. Adele drops 25

Finally out 20/11 and preceded by the beautiful sequel to Someone Like You that is Hello (clip above), everything is aligning perfectly for the third Adele long-player. Now we just need her to confirm she’s headlining Glastonbury next summer and we couldn’t be more excited.

4. Q&A with Hairy Ape star Bertie Carvel

We’re in two minds about Matthew Warchus’ reign as artistic director at the Old Vic after the average opener Future Conditional. We’ve even steered clear of the previews for this which feature star of TV’s Doctor Foster (boo!) Bertie Carvel and will instead report from this show later in the run and post-gig Q&A with its rising star.

5. Little Mix release album Get Weird

We’ve heard half of new album Get Weird so far (use the search term ‘preview’ to find our thoughts) and can’t wait to hear it in its entirety 6/11. It’s shaping up to be more fun, sassy, 80s and pop than previous releases.

6. Giorgio Moroder plays Camden

We’re seeing the godfather of disco at Camden’s intimate Koko 6/11 and looking forward to it especially after hearing he was the opening act on Kylie’s Australian tour this year. Giorgio’s new album Deja Vu was top-notch, included lots of our favourite female artists – Kylie, Sia and Charli XCX are just three – and we’re hoping some might even drop by to perform here.

7. Kim Cattrall stars in Linda at the Royal Court

monstagigz had the pleasure of meeting Ms Cattrall at the Old Vic in 2013 when she played in Sweet Bird of Youth and we can’t wait to see her at the intimate Royal Court in this Penelope Skinner play about an award-winning businesswoman who appears to have it all.

8. Ella Henderson is on her first solo tour

Ella’s first full solo tour comes a full year after her chart-topping single Ghost and album Chapter One. We heard great reports from her arena support slots with Take That earlier this year and are glad she’s been switching it up with some dance floor features on recent singles (including Here For You with Kygo clip above).

9. Q&A with Sir David Attenborough

We’re at a BFI Q&A with our favourite naturalist and broadcaster this month. He’s the only person ever to have won BAFTAs for programmes in black and white, colour, 3D and HD.

10. Fourth film in Hunger Games trilogy

Last year’s Mockingjay (part 1) was probably a little too brave in dispensing with the titular Hunger Games but we’re still looking forward to the series conclusion 20/11.

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