monstas: Our best pop, theatre, TV & film of 2016 so far (part 1)

Last year we awarded our first monstas to the best pop, theatre, film and TV of 2015 in 11 categories.

  • Read on for our review of the best of 2016 so far and a preview of what comes next

So what are our highlights of 2016 and what are we looking forward to in the next seven months?


The clubby Super by the Pet Shop Boys just nudging out Sia’s poptastic This Is Acting and Suede’s ambitious Night Thoughts for us. We said: ‘It’s an album designed with touring in mind and the Boys have announced a four date residency at London’s Coliseum, home of the English National Opera.’

The album we’re most excited about that’s scheduled for later this year is Lady Gaga’s fifth, which we’re expecting to include collaborations with Giorgio Moroder, Mark Ronson and Red One.


We’re looking forward to Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre which has just opened and extended until February. Dreamgirls at the Savoy towards the end of this year starring Glee‘s Amber Riley should also be fun. Into the Woods at the Menier in July should be interesting also. Glenn Close was phenomenal in Sunset Boulevard at the Coliseum but it’s Mrs Henderson Presents (closing at the Noel Coward 18/6) which we’ve most enjoyed so far this year.


Denise Gough in People, Places and Things, Sam Spiro in Guys and Dolls, Rosalie Craig in Threepenny Opera and Ann-Marie Duff in Husbands and Sons all deserve mention. But it was The Maids with Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton at its heart which left us breathless.

    We’re looking forward to Duff again in Oil, Vanessa Redgrave in Richard III, both at the Almeida, Harriet Walter in a Shakespeare season for the Donmar and Glenda Jackson’s King Lear at the Old Vic. Anna Chancellor’s Chekhov run at the National also promises much.
    * Enjoyed this preview/review? Follow its author on Twitter @NeilDurham. Look out for parts 2 and 3 in this series on this site in May and June.


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