AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best theatre actress of 2019 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2018 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2019 so far and what’s to come. Sheridan Smith, Jade Anouka, Imelda Staunton and Sharon D. Clarke are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best theatre actresses of 2019 so far and our hopes for the next half year

  1. Gillian Anderson All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre Review

We said: ‘(Anderson’s) … rivalry and relationship with the unstoppable Lily James is always believable.’

2. Hayley Atwell Rosmersholm, Duke Of York’s Theatre runs to 20 July 2019 Review Tickets

We said: ‘Atwell’s performance, including a dramatic breakdown, is the stand-out here and her character (a woman driving political change while being denied the right to vote) is one that has so rarely featured in literature.’

3. Monica Dolan All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre Review

We said: ‘(Dolan) … is perfect as the forceful Karen who brings Eve into Margo’s life.’

4. Anne-Marie Duff Sweet Charity, Donmar runs to 8 June 2019 Review Tickets

We said: ‘ (Duff brings a) … believable vulnerability to the role as well as a cheerful resilience that’s more important than whether she’s always in tune.’

5. Sally Field All Our Sons, Old Vic runs to 8 June 2019 Review Tickets

We said: ‘If we see a better performance at a theatre in the next 12 months, we’d be overjoyed. When she explains that she can’t accept that her missing pilot son Larry is dead because doing so would acknowledge her husband’s complicity, it’s difficult to imagine anyone else being more convincing.’

On our radar for the next 6 months are Sheridan Smith in Joseph (Tickets), Lia Williams in Night Of the Iguana (Tickets), Sharon D. Clarke in Blues In The Night (Tickets), Monica Dolan in Appropriate (Tickets), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag (Tickets).

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Old Vic
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