FILM REVIEW: Rocketman starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell & Richard Madden

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RUNTIME: 121 minutes

OUT: 22/5/2019 (UK certificate 15)

We are living in a golden age of musical biopics being wonderfully realised by Hollywood and the director here, Dexter Fletcher, completed work on last year’s Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody which will inevitably be compared with this.

  • Read on for reasons including how this could easily be adapted to a West End musical

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GIG REVIEW: Christine and the Queens and Metronomy at All Points East

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Victoria Park

WHEN? 26/5 and runs to 2/6/19 (Christine and the Queens tour until 31/8/19)

We 1st saw Christine and The Queens the morning after the Brexit vote and here the French act take to the stage as the results of the unexpected 2019 European elections are announced.

  • Read on for reasons including whether the sound had improved since criticism on Saturday night

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

  1. Gwendoline Christie in Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge

Last year’s immersive Shakespeare experience at the Bridge was a real high point of the programming thus far at the newish venue and so we’re super excited for this not least because the cast includes Game Of Thrones star Christie alongside Oliver Chris and David Moorst. Runs 3/6 through 31/8/19. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Andrew Scott, Tales Of the City and Sheridan Smith

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Love + Fear by Marina (May 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 26/4/19

TRACKLIST: Handmade Heaven; Superstar; Orange Trees; Baby; Enjoy Your Life; True; To Be Human; End Of The Earth; Believe In Love; Life Is Strange; You; Karma; Emotional Machine; Too Afraid; No More Suckers; Soft To Be Strong

Earlier this year we were at a Q&A with Marina in London about her 4th album, the 1st since 2015’s Froot.

  • Read on for reasons including why To Be Human is the key track here

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Q&A: Unforgotten featuring Nicola Walker & Sanjeev Bhaskar at the BFI & Radio Times TV Festival

WHERE? BFI, BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, London

WHEN? 13/4/19

We’re at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival which is an appropriate location because hit ITV cold case series Unforgotten was born here when writer Chris Lang pitched it to producer Laura Mackie (2nd from left and far right below) over coffee.

  • Read on for reasons including the unlikely inspiration for the central conceit of the series

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Q&A: Derry Girls at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

WHERE? BFI IMAX, BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, London

WHEN? 14/4/19

Derry Girls writer and creator Lisa McGee had never really seen anything on television that represented her growing up in the 90s in Northern Ireland and so set about writing it.

  • Read on for reasons including the similarities between Derry Girls and Channel 4’s Father Ted

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THEATRE REVIEW: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie starring Luke Latchman, Faye Tozer & Bianca Del Rio

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Apollo Theatre RUNTIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 10/5 and booking until 25/1/20

Faye Tozer is a member of pop supergroup Steps who was a runner-up in 2018’s Strictly Come Dancing and now takes on a West End role as a teacher in this award-winning musical.

  • Read on for reasons including whether the cast changes work for this fabulous show

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THEATRE REVIEW: Sweet Charity starring Anne-Marie Duff & Arthur Darvill at the Donmar

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Donmar Warehouse RUNTIME: 2 hours and 28 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 6/5, runs to 8/6/2019

‘Sensational’ is the 1-word review we hear Tony and Olivier Award winner Jonathan Pryce utter as he leaves the Donmar after this farewell production by outgoing Artistic Director Josie Rourke – and we agree wholeheartedly.

  • Read on for reasons including what we think Josie Rourke should do next

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THEATRE REVIEW: Death Of A Salesman starring Sharon D. Clarke & Arinze Kene at the Young Vic

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Young Vic RUNTIME: 185 minutes (including a 15-minute interval)

WHEN? 3/5, press night 9/5, runs to 29/6/19 (now extended to 13/7)

We were at the Royal Albert Hall last month for the Olivier Awards and the prize we were most pleased to see received was Sharon D. Clarke’s for Best Actress In A Musical and, as if to prove it, her performance of Lot’s Wife from Caroline, Or Change stole the show.

  • Read on for reasons including how this production emphasises the mental health element of the classic play

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