PREVIEW: 10 reasons why we can’t wait for April

  1. Saara Aalto brings her Monsters to London

We loved her in X Factor, Finland picked the best of three fine songs for her May Eurovision entry and she brings her Eurovision Wonderland show to Under The Bridge 25/4. We think her co-penned Monsters is our favourite song of the year so far. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Kathleen Turner, Mark Rylance and a Q&A for the return of The Bridge

2. Kathleen Turner at the Other Palace

Our favourite memories of Turner are for 80s films including The War Of The Roses. Here she reminisces about her Oscar-nominated career in a one-woman show and sings songs. Runs 17/4 through 6/5 Tickets

3. Sonnet Walk with Mark Rylance

One of our highlights of last year was this Shakespeare in Westminster Abbey event with Mark Rylance coupled with a theatrical walk to the Globe Theatre. Events take place from 26 to 29/4. Our review of what happened last year. Tickets

4. The Bridge Q&A

Series three of our favourite Swedish/Danish thriller won our 2015 Best Television monsta. The final series launches with a BFI Q&A 17/4 with Sofia Helin. Tickets

5. Sheridan Smith plays the Albert Hall

There are nine dates beginning 10/4 including a Royal Albert Hall gig in support of album Sheridan for this star who won our 2015 Best Actress monsta for Funny Girl. Tickets

6. Frances Barber does Oscar Wilde

An Ideal Husband is the latest in the Classic Spring Company’s Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre. Runs 20/4 through 14/7. Stars the ever watchable Barber alongside father and son Edward and Freddie Fox. Tickets

7. Kim Wilde tours

New album Here Comes The Aliens came out 16/3 and Kim tours Europe 30/3 to 24/11, including a stop at London’s KOKO. Tickets

8. Áine Cahill returns to London

This 23-year-old County Cavan singer was one of our picks of last year’s Glastonbury and we’ve seen her live already in a beautiful church venue in 2018. What does the rest of this year hold in store for her? She plays the King’s Head 12/4. Tickets

9. John Barrowman in the West End

The Torchwood and West End star mixes chat with songs in the Broadway series at the Leicester Square Theatre 13 and 14/4. Tickets

10. Mood Music at the Old Vic

Joe Penhall wrote Blue/Orange and Sunny Afternoon and here pens a play about the dark side of the music industry which now stars Ben Chaplin after Rhys Ifans withdrew. Runs 21/4 to 16/6 at the Old Vic. Tickets

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Saara Aalto
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