PREVIEW: 11 reasons why we can’t wait for April

  1. Glenn Close stars in Sunset Boulevard

Q: Who is the most nominated actor still living never to win an Oscar? A: Glenn Close (The World According To Garp, The Big Chill, The Natural (supporting nods), Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs (lead nods)). She brings a touch of Hollywood glamour to the Coliseum and we’re at the 1/4 first preview as this runs to 7/5. Tickets here. Picture via Facebook courtesy English National Opera.

  • Read on for reasons including Game of Thrones star in West End, Pet Shop Boys album, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom & Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hollow Crown

2. Jon Snow brings his knowledge to the West End

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Game Of Thrones returns to the UK 25/4 but Kit Harington, who may or may not be featuring as Jon Snow in the new season, will be appearing at the Duke of York’s in Jamie Lloyd’s latest, a revival of Dr Faustus, 9/4 to 25/6. Tickets here.

3. Super Pet Shop Boys

Pop kids The Pet Shop Boys release their latest album Super on 1/4. We’re rather partial to both tracks released so far, Inner Sanctum and The Pop Kids (above). Contains the best lyric of 2016 so far: ‘They called us The Pop Kids ‘cos we loved the pop hits and quoted the best bits …’

4. Benedict Cumberbatch dons The Hollow Crown

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We’re at a BFI Q&A/screening with Tom Sturridge and Hugh Bonneville for the BBC’s The Hollow Crown in March. Read about it on this site 1/4.  We’re expecting it to air around 22/4.

5. Constellations author debuts Elegy

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Nick Payne’s Constellations transferred from the Royal Court to Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Elegy opens at the Donmar starring Barbara Flynn, Zoe Wanamaker and one of our favourite actresses Nina Sosanya. It imagines a near future in which science can augment and extend life. Runs 21/4 – 18/6. Tickets here.

6. Sir Ian McKellen talks Shakespeare

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2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and here Sir Ian tells the BFI of his experience of being in more than half of his works predominantly for the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. Picture via Facebook courtesy BFI. Sir Ian also Q&As at the BFI this month about his film Richard III.

7. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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This National Theatre production has an Olivier nomination for Best Revival and stars Sharon D. Clarke in the story of Ma Rainey, a real-life Blues legend in 20s Chicago which runs to May. Tickets here. Picture via Facebook courtesy National Theatre.

8. Shura’s Touch

This Manchester singer/songwriter/producer was song of 2015 here with the 80s Prince heartbreak of 2Shy and next single Touch gets a push in April ahead of her much-anticipated July debut Nothing’s Real. We were kicking ourselves for missing her recent Marina and The Diamonds support slot and she plays her biggest show to date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in May.

9. Old Vic stages The Caretaker

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Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays and George MacKay (Matthew Warchus’ film Pride) are the dream cast taking on this Pinter classic. Can it be as sharp and stylish as Jamie Lloyd’s The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios? Picture via Facebook courtesy Old Vic. Tickets here.

10. Simon Russell-Beale on Shakespeare and ageing

More theatre chat to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s passing. We loved Russell-Beale in both Temple and Mr Foote’s Other Leg last year and next up for him is The Tempest for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tickets here.

11. Lake Street Dive play the Scala

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60s-inspired, American band with both jazz and Motown influences who love to tour bring their own brand of unique pop to one of our favourite smallish central London venues. Picture via Facebook courtesy Lake Street Dive. Tickets here.

  • Main picture via Facebook courtesy English National Opera.
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