PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for February 2019

  1. Gillian Anderson and Lily James star in All About Eve

Anderson was unforgettable in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in 2014 and James was unmissable on film in 2018 for work including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Runs at the Noel Coward Theatre from 2/2 to 11/5/19. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Chita Rivera live, Claire Steps album and musical Come From Away 

2. Legend Chita Rivera performs at the Cadogan Hall

Triple Tony Award winner Chita appeared on stage as firebrand Anita in West Side Story and performs in London for 2 shows at the Cadogan Hall on 10/2/19. Tickets

3. Boy Erased in cinemas

Lucas Hedges stars in this film directed by Joel Edgerton based on Gerrard Conley’s 2016 memoir about the son of Baptist parents forced to take part in a gay conversion therapy programme. It was released in the US last year, also stars Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe and arrives on UK screens on 8/2/19. Tickets

4. Claire Steps debut solo album released

Steps star Claire Richards releases her debut solo album My Wildest Dreams on 1/2/19. Five of the 15 tracks are available on iTunes already and we had the pleasure of an intimate gig in December at the Union Chapel. Uptempo new single Shame On You above. Tickets

5. Melodifestivalen and Eurovision: You Decide

We’ve called Sweden’s Eurovision selection series ‘the greatest show on earth’ and it starts 2/2, read our previews for Heat 1, 2 and 3. We publish our Heat 4 preview next week. Tickets The UK chooses in a single show hosted by former Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerlöw in Salford’s Media City 8/2. Tickets

6. Come From Away opens at the Phoenix Theatre

It’s a week after the September 11 attacks and this musical is the true story of what happened when 38 planes were forced to land in small towns in Newfoundland and Canada as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. It’s already taken Broadway by storm and runs at Phoenix Theatre 30/1 through 25/5/19. Tickets

7. Stephen Rea arrives on Cyprus Avenue

Writers’ theatre the Royal Court hosts Stephen Rea in David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue 14/2 to 23/3/19. The black comedy returns after a sold-out run at this venue and is directed by the venue’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and stars Rea as a Belfast loyalist who believes his five-week-old granddaughter is Gerry Adams. Tickets

8. The Shy Manifesto in Greenwich

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Last year we were more impressed by Theo Ancient in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  than the spectacle as a whole and here he stars in a new play at Greenwich Theatre 1-3/2/19. Touring until March. Details It is the story of a 17-year-old who is fed up of being told to come out of his shell. Tickets

9. American Clock chimes at the Old Vic

Arthur Miller’s The American Clock runs 4/2 through 30/3 and stars Giles Terera who won a Best Actor Olivier for Hamilton and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie‘s remarkable Josie Walker as well as the magnificent Golda Rosheuvel Tickets

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