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

  1. Pinter’s Betrayal stars Zawe Ashton and Tom Hiddleston

The Pinter at the Pinter season at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre has been hit and miss but it’s big finish stars Hiddleston and monstagigz favourite Ashton. Runs 5/3 to 1/6. We’ve reviewed Ashton at both the Old Vic and Trafalgar Studios in recent years. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Jade Anouka, Wiktoria, Sigrid & Sophie Ellis Bextor

2. The Phlebotomist transfers from Downstairs at the Hampstead Theatre

We shortlisted this Ella Road piece about how genetics dictate the opportunities available to us as 1 of our Best New Plays of last year and are delighted it’s transferring with its original star, Jade Anouka, to the larger stage at this venue. Runs 19/3 to 20/4. We’ve written about Anouka at venues including the Donmar, National and Old Vic in recent years. Tickets

3. Eurovision selection season in full swing

Hera Björk’s Moving On competes in the Icelandic final 2/3 and is our Song Of The Month for March. An honourable mention to Spirit In The Sky in Norway and the Melodifestivalen final in Sweden 9/3 which features monstagigz favourites Wiktoria (see above) and Lina Hedlund (see below).

4. Grief Is The Thing With Feathers comes to the Barbican

Cillian Murphy stars in Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s novel about love, loss and living at the Barbican. Runs 13/3 to 23/4/19. Tickets

5. Sigrid finally launches Sucker Punch album

Debut album Sucker Punch is out 8/3 and she supports George Ezra on an arena tour this year. We saw her twice last year, most recently at Brixton Academy, and she’s a live force to be reckoned with as well as a fine songwriter. She headlines a UK tour later this year with a London gig at the Eventim Apollo 4/12/19. Tickets

6. Deutschland ’86 arrives on Channel 4

Star Jonas Nay won our Best TV/Film actor monsta in 2016 for Deutschland ’83 and its 2nd season premieres on Channel 4 8/3.

7. Sophie Ellis Bextor releases The Song Diaries album

We last saw a pregnant Ellis-Bextor at a joyous, disco-infused Southbank Centre preview gig last year for this orchestral greatest hits album. It’s release has been delayed but read the gig review to discover how worth the wait it will be. Out 15/3. Gigs currently booking June through November. Tickets

8. Hair disrobes for tour

X Factor stars Jake Quickenden (pictured above) and Marcus Collins celebrate the 50th anniversary of controversial musical Hair on tour this month starting at Wimbledon Theatre. The tour lasts for five months taking in 18 venues including 1 in Germany. Tickets

9. Admissions made at Trafalgar Studios

Alex Kingston and Sara Hadland star in this comedy about the Head of Admissions at a private school fighting to diversify the student intake. It runs at Trafalgar Studios until 25/5/19. Tickets

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Jamie Lloyd Company. Tickets
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