AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best new musical of 2018 so far

We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. Funny Girl, Groundhog Day and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best musicals of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year

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THEATRE REVIEW: My Name Is Lucy Barton starring Laura Linney at the Bridge Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Bridge Theatre

WHEN: 2/6, press night 6/6, runs to 24/6/18

RUN TIME: 90 minutes without interval

UPDATE: This show returns to The Bridge for 26 performances from January 2019

Laura Linney made her UK stage debut last night as the titular Lucy Barton with this monologue adapted from the 5th novel by Elizabeth Strout which was longlisted for the 2016  Man Booker Prize

  • Read on for reasons including how Linney returns to Tales Of The City soon

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THEATRE REVIEW: Julie starring Vanessa Kirby

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Lyttelton, National Theatre

WHEN: 1/6, press night 7/6, runs to 8/9/18

RUN TIME: 90 minutes without interval

Hopes are high for this August Strindberg adaptation not least because star Vanessa Kirby won a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA last month for her turn as Princess Margaret in Netflix’s much-admired The Crown.

  • Read on for reasons including sex on a ladder and an unfortunate end for a bird

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THEATRE REVIEW: Leave Taking starring Adjoa Andoh

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Bush Theatre (Press review night ticket)

WHEN: Press night 31/5, runs to 30/6/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 10 minutes (including interval)

What was it like to have been born and raised in Jamaica in the last century and to move to the UK for a new life?

  • Read on for reasons including how this mixes both comedy and tragedy to tell an unusual story

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