THEATRE REVIEW: The Lieutenant Of Inishmore starring Aidan Turner at the Noel Coward Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Noel Coward Theatre

WHEN: 29/6, press night 4/7, runs to 8/9/18

RUN TIME: 110 minutes (including interval)

It’s already been quite the year for playwright Martin McDonagh who should’ve won bigger at the Oscars for Three Billboards and now sees Poldark heartthrob Aidan Turner reviving one of his best-known plays.

  • Read on for reasons including whether Turner’s performance is a showstopper

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THEATRE REVIEW: Fun Home at the Young Vic starring Eleanor Kane, Jenna Russell & Cherrelle Skeete

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Young Vic

WHEN: 23/6, press night 27/6, runs to 1/9/18

RUN TIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

This first mainstream musical about a young lesbian won 5 Tonys and brings the curtain down on David Lan’s 18-year tenure as Artistic Director at this venue.

  • Read on for reasons including why The Inheritance is what we’ll remember Lan for

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GIG REVIEW: Le Gateau Chocolat & Jonny Woo: A Night At The Musicals

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Soho Theatre

WHEN: 22/6, runs to 30/6/18

SETLIST: Phantom Of The Opera; Suddenly Seymour; Life Is A Cabaret; At The End Of The Day; I Dreamed A Dream; I Know Him So Well; Mein Herr; Let It Go; Beauty And The Beast; medleys of songs from Gypsy, Follies, Rent, The Lion King and Grease

RUN TIME: 75 minutes

Today is Le Gateau Chocolat’s birthday which is fitting perhaps because his drag queen show with Jonny Woo is the most fun celebration of musicals running in London at the moment.

  • Read on for reasons including how the costumes are as outlandish as the pair’s patter 

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PREVIEW: 6 reasons why we can’t wait for ONBlackheath

  1. Paloma Faith

We’ve lived in Blackheath for 18 years and this festival has a fun, family atmosphere and this year takes place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September. We 1st saw Paloma Faith outdoors at Lovebox in east London in 2010. She’s always had a way with a crowd, particularly in her home city, and her back catalogue’s stronger than ever.

  • Read on for reasons including The Mariachis, De La Soul and Squeeze

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Q&A and THEATRE REVIEW: Sea Wall starring Andrew Scott at the Old Vic

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 21/6, runs to 30/6/18

RUN TIME: 30 minutes

Andrew Scott won our 2017 Best Theatre Actor monsta for his lead role in Hamlet (Almedia and Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End) and follows it up with a revival of this Simon Stephens monologue at the Old Vic.

  • Read on for reasons including how Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Zawe Ashton & Ian Hislop featured

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Q&A and WORLD PREMIERE SEASON 2 FINALE: Westworld featuring Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: BFI

WHEN: 19/6, UK air date 25/6

We’ve just seen the world premiere of the final episode in season 2 of award-winning HBO series Westworld and are joined by its creators, husband and wife Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

  • Read on for reasons including no spoilers but clues to where season 3 of Westworld is heading

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

  1. Sacha Dhawan in new Alan Bennett play

Sacha Dhawan (pictured above) won our Best Film/TV Actor monsta last year for The Boy With the Topknot and is here reunited with playwright Alan Barnett and former History Boy Samuel Barnett in a play at the Bridge Theatre marking the 70th birthday of the NHS. Runs 11/7 to 28/9/18. Tickets

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  • Read on for reasons including Sigrid, Mamma Mia 2, Years and Years in Camden and Importance Of Being Earnest

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THEATRE REVIEW: Heathers starring Carrie Hope Fletcher at the Other Palace

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Other Palace

WHEN: 15/6, runs to 4/8/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes (with a 20-minute interval)

UPDATE: Heathers transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket 3/9 to 24/11. Tickets

We’ve not experienced this level of pre-show excitement in a theatre since we saw Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, a stone’s throw from this venue.

  • Read on for reasons including how the buzz for this show is electric

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THEATRE REVIEW: Monogamy starring Janie Dee at the Park Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Park Theatre

WHEN: 9/6, press night 11/6, runs to 7/7/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours 10 minutes (with 20 minute interval)

Janie Dee starred in our favourite revival of last year, Follies, which also saw her shortlisted for monstas for Best Actress and Performance Of A Song and she returns to it at the National Theatre early next year.

  • Read on for reasons including why Dee is one of our finest actresses

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie starring Lia Williams at the Donmar Warehouse

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Donmar

WHEN: 8/6, press night 12/6, runs to 28/7/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 35 minutes (with 15 minute interval)

Star Lia Williams’ last two plays (Oresteia and Mary Stuart) transferred into the West End from their runs at the Almeida and it would not surprise us in the least if that feat was repeated here.

  • Read on for reasons including why Williams’ performance is the best by any actress this year

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