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

2. Shakespeare walks and tours with Mark Rylance

How to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday on the weekend beginning 21/4? Mark Rylance has organised walks along the Thames to the Globe for the last 25 years where participants carrying roses are accosted by actors in disguise who recite Shakespeare to them. This year also he joins dozens of actors in Westminster Abbey for an immersive Shakespeare experience. Tickets

3. Charli XCX mixtape and Camden gig

Charli XCX is 1 of our favourite popstars and 1 of the reasons for starting monstagigz. So we were disappointed when the album slated for May release was put back in favour of mixtape Number 1 Angel, which actually isn’t bad at all. She plays Camden Jazz Cafe 20/4. Tickets. Album hosting After The Afterparty due soon.

4. Steps’ Tears On The Dancefloor album

Five years after their last reunion and 17 since their previous original album, Steps return on 21/4 with an album brilliantly titled Tears On The Dancefloor containing fabulous top 40 hit Scared Of The Dark which breaks no new ground but instead fulfils their ‘ABBA on speed’ early promise. Arena tour in November. Tickets

5. Miriam Margoyles is Madame Rubinstein

Miriam Margoyles stars as the titular Madame Rubinstein, a 50s New York cosmetics entrepreneur, at the Park Theatre. Runs 26/4 to 27/5. Tickets

6. Olivier Awards presented

We’ve yet to see Harry Potter And The Cursed Child but are looking forward to 9/4 recognition for Dreamgirls, Funny Girl, Groundhog Day and Billie Piper in Yerma. Look out for our BFI Q&A with her about her new film City Of Tiny Lights (out 7/4, trailer above) 1/4.

7. Treatment at the Almeida

Director Lyndsey Turner returns to the Almeida after her award-winning Chimerica and this contemporary satire set in a New York film studio stars Julian Ovenden and Indira Varma (Man, Superman, Othello at the National and Game of Thrones). Runs 24/4 to 10/6. Tickets

8. Last series of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi’s third and final series as the Doctor returns to BBC1 on 15/4 with a new assistant (see above) and a familiar face.

9. 46 Beacon shines

Oliver Coopersmith (Grandma’s House, Dickensian) stars in this West End premiere of a brand new play set in 1970s Boston about coming of age and coming out. Runs 5 to 29/4 at Trafalgar Studios 2. Tickets

  • Main picture via Facebook courtesy National Theatre
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