9 reasons why we can’t wait for September

  1. Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart inhabit No Man’s Land

Our most read content of the year so far was shared by Sir Ian on his Facebook page and was a Shakespeare BFI Q&A with him in April. We’ve seen him many times filming Vicious at ITV Studios on the South Bank but never on stage in the theatre – until now and this Broadway transfer. Runs 8/9 to 17/12 at Wyndham’s Theatre. Picture via No Man’s Land. Tickets here.

  • Read on for reasons including The Fall, Billy Joel and Inside No 9

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WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 1st preview 15/7, press night 16/8, runs to 17/9

24 hours before we are due to attend this 1st preview we receive an email from the venue saying the show’s not quite ready, designating it the final dress rehearsal, offering us full refunds and saying our tickets are still valid.

  • Read on for details of this production’s Broadway run

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THEATRE REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet starring Freddie Fox, Lily James, Sir Derek Jacobi & Meera Syal


WHERE: Garrick Theatre

WHEN: 23/7 runs to 13/8

It’s the news every partner of a theatre lover dreads: the tickets you bought eight months earlier to celebrate a birthday are no longer valid. And you find out that birthday morning. By email.

  • Read on to find out what happened when Romeos Richard Madden and Tom Hanson bowed out

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ALBUM REVIEW: Chaleur Humaine by Christine & the Queens


OUT: now

TRACKLIST: iT; Saint Claude; Tilted; No Harm Is Done; Science Fiction; Paradis Perdue; Half Ladies; Jonathan; Narcissus Is Back; Safe and Holy; Night 52; Here.

Breakout hit Tilted is A-Listed at Radio 1 and B-Listed at Radio 2 as we type. But it was quite possibly BBC1’s Graham Norton Show where you first encountered arguably the song of the summer.

  • Read on for how it was monstagigz’ mum who first brought them to our attention

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THEATRE REVIEW: Yerma starring Billie Piper


WHERE: Young Vic

WHEN: 29/7, runs to 24/9

Has Billie Piper won an Olivier Award for best actress? We ask because this performance as the protagonist in Simon Stone’s adaptation of Lorca’s classic about a woman destroyed by her childlessness may well bear fruit for her where The Effect failed in 2012.

  • Read on for why this is a Pokemon Go reference from being so utterly of its time

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THEATRE REVIEW: Chekhov all-dayer featuring Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull


WHERE: National Theatre

WHEN: 30/7, runs to 14/10

Our last same-day multi-play event like this featured four Shakespeare plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company starring David Tennant at the Barbican over a January weekend.

  • Read on for our thoughts on stars James McArdle, Nina Sosanya (pictured above), and Anna Chancellor

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