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

  1. Death Of A Salesman starring Sharon D.Clarke and Arinze Kene

D. Clarke (pictured 2nd from right, top) won our Best Actress monsta last year as well as the Olivier for Best Actress In A Musical for her star turn in Caroline, Or Change and is here directed by Marianne Elliott (pictured left in video, hot from Company) and appears alongside Arinze Kene (winner of our Best Actor monsta for Misty and far left in the picture). Their revival of the Arthur Miller classic runs 1/5 through 29/6 at the Young Vic. ReviewTickets

  • Read on for reasons including Madonna, Eurovision, Anne-Marie Duff, Faye Tozer and Oti Mabuse

2. Madonna performs at Eurovision in Tel Aviv

Read our Semi 1, Semi 2 and Final predictions. Madonna performs from Tel Aviv 18/5 and at least 1 new track from her Madame X album out 14/6 is expected. Former winners Dana International and Conchita Wurst also appear. 2000’s UK entrant Nicki French also releases a Eurovision-themed EP 6/5.

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3. Sweet Charity featuring Anne-Marie Duff at the Donmar

Departing Artistic Director Josie Rourke returns to the work of Cy Coleman after the triumph that was City Of Angels at this venue. Anne-Marie Duff and Arthur Darvill star in this musical set in 1967 in New York at the Donmar. Guest stars include Adrian Lester, Beverley Knight, Le Gateau Chocolat and Clive Rowe. Open now and running through to 8/6. Look out for a review on this site if we love it early in May. Tickets

4. Faye Tozer steps into Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Jamie won our Best New Musical monsta in 2017 and has been running in the West End since November 2017. Layton Williams has recently taken the lead role and we’ll be joining the new cast this month at the Apollo Theatre to mark the arrival of Faye Tozer from Steps and Bianca del Rio. Booking to January 2020. Tickets

5. Ain’t Misbehavin’ directed by Tyrone Huntley and choreographed by Oti Mabuse

Southwark Playhouse is a great hothouse for new productions of classic musicals and here Tyrone Huntley directs for the 1st time with choreography by Strictly‘s Oti Mabuse. Ain’t Misbehavin‘ is widely accepted as the prototype from which many subsequent musical revue shows drew inspiration and here Fats Waller is the featured artist. It’s sung strongly by Renee Lamb (Six), Landi Oshinowo, Carly Mercedes Dyer and Adrian Hansel while Wayne Robinson sets pulses racing. Open now and running to 1/6. Tickets

6. Rosmersholm with Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell and Giles Terera 

An election looming. A country on the brink. A rabid press baying for blood. At the centre of the storm stands Rosmer’s home, the grand house of an influential dynasty. This is where the future will be decided by John Rosmer – a man torn between the idealised hope of the future and the ghosts of his past. Ian Rickson directs Tom Burke (The Deep Blue Sea at the National), Hayley Atwell (Measure For Measure at the Donmar) and Giles Terera (Hamilton) at the Duke Of York’s until 20/7. ReviewTickets

7. New Lucy Spraggan album

We saw Spraggan at Glastonbury in 2017 and she releases her 5th album Today Was A Good Day on 3/5. She’s currently on tour and plays the Omeara in London 10/5. Tickets

8. Elton John film Rocketman launches 

Oscar-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody raised expectations for this and they will be heightened because of director Dexter Fletcher’s role finishing off the Queen biopic. Taron Egerton and Richard Madden (Bodyguard) star here and it is out 22/5.

9. Orpheus Descending at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Home I’m Darling won Best New Comedy at this year’s Olivier Awards and its director Tamara Harvey (also Artistic Director at Theatr Clwyd) takes on Tennessee Williams’ Deep South American drama at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 9/5 to 6/7. Stars include Hattie Morahan, Seth Numrich and Jemima Rooper. Tickets

  • Picture by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg via Facebook courtesy Young Vic. Tickets
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