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

  1. Blues In The Night starring Sharon D. Clarke

Olivier winners D. Clarke and Clive Rowe take part in this compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues numbers that frame the lives and loves of four residents of a downtown hotel. Runs 18/7 to 7/9/19 at the Kiln Theatre. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including The Night Of The Iguana, Janelle Monae and a revival of a Pet Shop Boys musical

2. The Night Of The Iguana starring Lia Williams

Lia Williams is 1 of our great unsung actresses and here plays opposite Clive Owen in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ last great play. Runs 6/7 through 28/9/19 at the Noel Coward Theatre. Tickets

3. Janelle Monae at Wembley Arena

Monae won our Best New Song monsta in 2018 for Make Me Feel and album Dirty Computer was realised so beautifully at Camden Roundhouse last year that we can’t wait for the Wembley Arena repeat. There’s also a Glastonbury Festival appearance late June. Tickets

4. Closer To Heaven Above The Stag

Lead character Billie Trix brings new show MUSIK to this Edinburgh Festival but how to celebrate if you’re not planning a trip to Scotland this summer? This revival of the 2001 original musical plays at Above The Stag 3/7 to 31/8/19. Tickets

5. OnBlackheath on earlier

We’re Blackheath-based and this two-day festival could not be more on our doorsteps. We’ve covered the 2018 and 2017 events and 2019 is headlined by Jamiroquai and Grace Jones although we’re most looking forward to seeing Swing Out Sister. This year the event moves from September to July. Tickets

6. Whodunnit at the Park Theatre?

Whodunnit (Unrehearsed) is the rather unpromising title of something a little different at this Finsbury Park venue. Featuring the voices of Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and Miriam Margolyes, a different celebrity in each performance will step in as the Inspector without any rehearsal and without ever having seen the script. Guests include Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Adam Hills, Ronan Keating, Damian Lewis, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Clarke Peters, Meera Syal, Catherine Tate, Sandi Toksvig and Ruby Wax. Runs 15-27/7/19. Tickets 

7. The Hunt goes on at the Almeida

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs The Hunt by David Farr (The Night Manager, Spooks), based on the critically acclaimed Danish film thriller Jagten, by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm. It stars Tobias Menzies (The Crown, Game Of Thrones) to 3/8/19. Tickets

8. Peter Gynt arrives at the National

The team behind Young Chekhov reunites for this reinvention of Ibsen’s classic as a riotous musical adventure for the 21st century. Scheduled for 3 hours and 35 minutes with 2 intervals it will need to be compelling. Stars James McArdle (Angels In America) who is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre. Runs to 8/10/19. Tickets

9. Series 3 of Stranger Things airs

Netflix’s original season of the 80s-set, sci-fi blockbuster won our Best TV monsta in 2016 although season 2 never quite hit those heights. Series 3 arrives 4/7/19 Details

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Kiln Theatre. Tickets
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