LIVE REVIEW: Top 7 Glastonbury Festival 2016 acts

  1. Adele headlines

She did it. We had our doubts about whether her Saturday Pyramid-headlining set would be uptempo enough but in the end it was the mix of revealing banter, heartfelt material and an exceptional voice which made the muddiest ever Glastonbury memorable for so much more than the weather.

  • Read on for acts including Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, Hurts and Shura

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

  1. Pet Shop Boys play the Royal Opera House

Super is our album of the year so far and the Boys’ only 2016 UK dates are during their four-date Inner Sanctum residency at the Royal Opera House. We saw Rufus Wainwright there a while back and it’s a venue Neil and Chris were born to play. Tickets have sold out but we’d check here for returns.

  • Read on for reasons including Looking: The Movie, Shura, Ab Fab & Groundhog Day premiere

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THEATRE REVIEW: Odd Shaped Balls

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Old Red Lion Theatre

WHEN: 19/6 (matinee) runs to 25/6

Last year we saw former Labour leader Neil Kinnock in the audience watching an actor play him in the Arcola Theatre production of Gareth Thomas story Crouch Touch Pause Engage.

  • Read on for details of the blogger who inspired our visit to this show

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THEATRE REVIEW: 1984

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Playhouse Theatre

WHEN: 17/6 runs to 29/10

Robert Icke won the 2016 best director Olivier for Oresteia and there’s much from that in this 2014 Almeida production which is back in the West End for another run.

  • Read on for the reasons why this George Orwell literary classic works on stage

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ALBUM REVIEW: On My One by Jake Bugg

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

OUT: 17/6

TRACKLIST: On My One; Gimme The Love; Love, Hope & Misery; The Love We’re Hoping For; Put Out The Fire; Never Wanna Dance; Bitter Salt; Ain’t No Rhyme; Livin’ Up Country; All That; Hold On You.

Releasing an album the week before Glastonbury is a trick that’s worked in recent years for Ed Sheeran and Florence and the Machine.

  • Read on for details of Jake Bugg’s 2016 tour

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THEATRE REVIEW: Richard III starring Ralph Fiennes & Vanessa Redgrave

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Almeida

WHEN: 10/6, press night 16/6 runs to 6/8

Director Rupert Goold’s inventive take on this Shakespeare classic revolves around a trench centre stage, beginning and concluding in the modern day Leicester car park where Richard III‘s body was recently found.

  • Read on for whether Ralph Fiennes’¬†Richard III is as good as Benedict Cumberbatch’s

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THEATRE REVIEW: Aladdin starring Dean John-Wilson & Jade Ewen

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Prince Edward Theatre

WHEN: 6/6, press night 15/6 booking to 11/2/17

Summer’s biggest blockbuster shows are arguably this very panto remake of the 1992 Disney musical and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child¬†which open within days and a stone’s throw of each other in London’s West End.

  • Read on for details of the two big moments in this musical of the year so far

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Spoils starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kunal Nayyar & Alfie Allen

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN: 3/6, runs to 13/8

Standing ovations at the end of West End shows are nothing new but the enthusiasm with which this audience appreciated this play from the pen of Hollywood star Jesse Eisenberg and in which he also stars surprised even us.

  • Read on for more observations from the centre of the front row at the Trafalgar Studios

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