9 reasons why we can’t wait for January

  1. Magnus Carlsson plays the RVT

This solo star and former member of bands Alcazar and Barbados has tried, and failed, to represent Sweden eight times in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurofest club night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has boasted Melodifestivalen stars including Linda Bengtzing and Shirley Clamp. On 13/1 it throws open its doors to Carlsson. Tickets

  • Picture via Live Forever video. Read on for reasons including Eurovision: Your Decision, Alison Steadman & The Glass Menagerie

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Alison’s Party: Q&A: Alison Steadman: Alison Steadman’s Top 5 TV characters

WHERE: BFI

WHEN: 5/1

It’s 40 years since Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party┬ápricked a nation’s consciousness through a cheesy-pineapple skewer, we’re here with the Oscar-nominated director and much of the cast to celebrate the TV career of its star, Alison Steadman.

  • Read on for reasons including Alison Steadman’s top 5 of her TV characters and TV’s 1st lesbian kiss

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THEATRE REVIEW: Saint Joan starring Gemma Arterton & Fisayo Akinade

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Donmar

WHEN: 31/12 (matinee), runs to 18/2/17

We almost saw lead Gemma Arterton in Nell Gwynn, her film 100 Streets was one of our favourites of 2016 and so we pulled out as many stops as possible to see her star in Josie Rourke’s Saint Joan at the Donmar.

  • Read on for reasons including how our standing tickets were upgraded

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