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

  1. Julian Clary & Dawn French star in Snow White at the Palladium

This is only the 3rd year of the Olivier Award-winning annual family pantomime at the Palladium but already it’s a staple in our Christmas must-do list – and we’re bringing the relations. Clary has found his niche and here’s what we thought about his show stopping turn in its 2016 and 2017 incarnation. Former Vicar Of Dibley French should make an interesting comic foil. Runs 8/12 through 13/1/19. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Take That, Rocky Horror Show, Claire Richards and the monstas

2. The Band takes to the stage at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Casting show Let It Shine seems aeons ago but its winners appear in this Take That musical which runs after a regional tour for 50 performances 3/12 through 12/1/19 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Tickets

3. Rocky Horror Show opens in Brighton

Strictly winner Joanne Clifton and A1’s Ben Adams (who co-wrote Eugenius) star in this classic which runs at Brighton’s Theatre Royal 13/12 to 5/1/19 before a regional tour. Tickets

4. Claire Richards steps into solo gigs

The Steps star may have postponed the release of her debut solo album My Wildest Dreams to February but her tour is going ahead with a date 6/12 at London’s Union Chapel. Tickets

5. Drip at the Bush Theatre

2018 has been a phenomenal 1 for this venue with hit after hit and this Edinburgh Festival success – a musical comedy with words by Tom Wells and music by Matthew Robins – runs 3 to 22/12. It’s the story of out teenagers Liam and Caz and their synchronised swimming team. Tickets

6. The Convert at the Young Vic

Letitia Wright (Cucumber, Black Panther) and Paapa Essiedu (Press) star in Danai Gurira’s tale of 1896 Zimbabwe and a young woman fleeing forced marriage. Runs 7/12 to 26/1/19. Tickets

7. Andrew Pollard returns to Greenwich pantomime

Greenwich Theatre’s pantomime punches well above its weight and, after a year out, its author and star Andrew Pollard returns. We reviewed it in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  It runs 23/11 to 13/1/19 and this year it is Robinson CrusoeTickets

8. The Cardigans pullover at the Eventim Apollo

The Swedish indie favourites celebrate 20 years since the release of their Gran Turismo LP with a 4-date UK tour including a pitstop at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith this month. Tickets

9. 2018 monstas awarded

This year we shortlist 5 acts in 14 categories for our monstas of the year. Last year’s winners included Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Bananarama, Sheila Atim, Lorde, Dua Lipa, Imelda Staunton, Follies, Andrew Scott and The Ferryman.  Check out monstagigz through December as the shortlists are revealed ahead of the winners’ announcement 29/12/18.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Lloyd Webber Theatres.
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