PREVIEW: Eurovision Song Contest 2017 semi final 1

WHEN?: 9/5/17

WHERE: BBC 8pm (link below)

The UK, along with Italy and Spain, vote in this first semi final. Rehearsals started 30/4 and we’ve been updating our semi 1 predictions to reflect them as they progress, so here’s our thoughts on the 18 entries vying for 10 final slots.

  • Who’s through and who’s on the 1st plane out of Kiev? Read on for our semi 1 predictions

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LIVE REVIEW: Goldfrapp

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Camden Roundhouse

WHEN: 27/3

SETLIST: Utopia; Lovely Head; Anymore; Train; Ocean; Moon In Your Mouth; You Never Know; Dreaming; Slide In; Everything Is Never Enough; Become The One; Systemagic; Number One; Ride A White Horse; Black Cherry; Shiny and Warm; Ooh La La; Strict Machine

Goldfrapp last played in London when they headlined an Albert Hall gig in November 2014 and were joined onstage by kindred spirit John Grant to close the book on their downbeat, cinematic and folky Tales Of Us album.

  • Read on for reasons including what new album Silver Eye sounds like

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THEATRE REVIEW: 42nd Street starring Sheena Easton

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Theatre Royal Drury Lane

WHEN: 25/3, runs to 22/7

33 years ago teenager Catherine Zeta-Jones was promoted from the chorus line to leading lady on this stage when the actress playing Peggy Sawyer in the Olivier Award-winning Broadway transfer fell ill.

  • Read on for reasons including details of Sheena Easton’s West End debut

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LIVE REVIEW: Marc Almond

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Camden Roundhouse

WHEN: 22/3, UK tour runs to 28/3

SETLIST: Adored and Explored; Stories Of Johnny; A Lover Spurned; The Days Of Pearly Spencer; Tears Run Rings; The Idol; Where The Heart Is; Child Star; Desperate Hours; Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart; Scar; Torch; A Kind Of Love; Jacky; Bedsitter; What; Down In The Subway; Soul Inside; Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go; Hand On My Heart; Memorabilia; Say Hello Wave Goodbye

We’ve seen Marc Almond several times over the last four decades but never performing such a lengthy greatest hits set – until tonight.

  • Read on for reasons including Marc’s emotional tribute to Soft Cell partner Dave Ball

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for April

  1. Angels In America descend on the National

Our most anticipated theatrical event of the year. Marianne Elliott (War HorseCurious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time) directs a stellar cast including Nathan Lane (The Producers, The Birdcage), Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, James McArdle and Russell Tovey in this two-part Tony Kushner classic at the National Theatre from 11/4. Runs to 19/8. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including a walk with Mark Rylance, Miriam Margoyles & Olivier Awards

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THEATRE REVIEW: Love In Idleness starring Eve Best, Anthony Head & Helen George

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Menier Chocolate Factory

WHEN: 18/3, press night 20/3, runs to 29/4

Eve Best (pictured above) is 1 of our favourite actresses and here she plays a widow ‘living in sin’ with a Cabinet minister, much to the horror of her 18-year-old son who is returning home after evacuation in World War Two.

  • Read on for reasons including why Edward Bluemel is a name to watch out for

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THEATRE REVIEW: Don Juan In Soho starring David Tennant

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Wyndhams Theatre

WHEN 17/3, press night 28/3, runs to 10/6

There’s a moment towards the end of this Molière adaptation where David Tennant rails against former Chancellor George Osborne (announced today as the new editor of the Standard) and Donald Trump to great applause.

  • Read on for reasons including why Adrian Scarborough is the highlight of this show

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THEATRE REVIEW: Limehouse starring Roger Allam, Debra Gillett & Tom Goodman-Hill

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHERE: Donmar Warehouse

WHEN: 16/3 (matinee), runs to 15/4

This dramatisation of the moment in 1981 when ‘Gang Of Four’ Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins, David Owen and Bill Rodgers left the Labour party to form a party of their own is a recent history that will be familiar to many.

  • Read on for reasons including how £10 standing tickets at the Donmar can be upgraded

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