PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for October

  1. Christian Slater in Glengarry Glen Ross

Lady Gaga would’ve been our number one but her Joanne world tour now arrives – fingers crossed – at The 02 for two dates early in 2018, rescheduled from this month. No matter. Heathers star Slater appears in this David Mamet play about cutthroat Chicago salesmen at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End from 26/10 through 3/2/18. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Stranger Things, Dua Lipa and the Bridge Theatre opens

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THEATRE REVIEW: King Lear starring Ian McKellen

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre

WHEN: 23/9, press night 29/9, booking to 28/10

This is the third King Lear we’ve seen in recent years and is actually McKellen’s second stab at the role, describing it in the programme as ‘unfinished business’.

  • Read on for reasons including which Oscar winner was in the audience for this 2nd preview

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PREVIEW: 5 reasons why we can’t wait for new Hurts album Desire

  1. They’re ever more LGBTQ friendly

Happiness. Exile. Surrender … and now Desire – all four of Hurts’ album titles have spoken to what it is to be an outsider. As their lyrics and music do. Their LGBTQ audience has never been more embraced than for the video for the first single of this campaign (still above, clip below) Beautiful OnesFans of recent BBC1 drama Rellik will be familiar with the story line playing out in reverse.

  • Read on for reasons including the video for their best new single for years

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GIG REVIEW: OnBlackheath starring Metronomy and Julian Clary


WHERE: Blackheath

WHEN: 9 and 10/9

We’re not here for the live exhibitions from the celebrity chefs or children’s entertainment and arrive an hour later than planned because one of the acts we wanted to see pulled out at the last minute.

  • Read on for reasons including the highlights from Saturday which are Metronomy and Basement Jaxx

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PREVIEW: Our 5 wishes for Strictly Come Dancing 2017

WHEN: starts 9/9 BBC1 7pm, runs to 16/12

  1. Jonnie Peacock wins

We saw the 24-year-old amputee win gold at the 2012 Paralympics and 2017 World Championships at the London Stadium. He’s a credit to his sport, athletes often do well in Strictly and, perhaps because of his obvious disadvantage, we’ll be rooting for him to win.

  • Read on for reasons including why a former Communard mustn’t leave us too soon

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