PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for October 2019 starring Shakespears Sister

  1. Shakespears Sister Ride Again tour saddles up at the Palladium

This unlikely reunion may have been over a quarter of a century in the making but Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit have released three excellent, different yet complementary singles this year already, winning both our Song and Albums of the month. The 14-date UK reunion tour kicks off rather appropriately on Halloween and we join the band at the Palladium on Bonfire Night. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Dear Evan Hansen, Lungs, Cher and Mary Poppins

2. Dear Evan Hansen transfers from Broadway to the West End

We caught this Pasek and Paul (La, La Land and The Greatest Showman) smash on Broadway last year and our review said: ‘It’s an important story to tell at this time and it’s going to be a smash West End hit when it bursts into London.’ It opens at the Noel Coward Theatre 29/10 and is booking through 4/4/2020. Tickets

3. Lungs starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith at the Old Vic

Foy and Smith starred opposite each other in the first two series’ of Netflix’s The Crown and are here reunited in a new play by Duncan Macmillan (People, Places and Things and 1984) directed by Matthew Warchus about a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas. It has a short run from 14/10 to 9/11/19 at the Old Vic. Tickets

4. Cher at The O2

We caught Cher’s greatest hits show in Las Vegas in 2016 and since then she’s returned to the international circuit with the Here We Go Again Tour which started in September 2018 and reaches The 02 for two dates this month before finishing a month later. Tickets

5. Mary Poppins flies back to the West End

Mary Poppins Returns was one of our films of the year and so we’re delighted that this production starring Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp flies in to the Prince Edward Theatre. Runs 23/10 to 29/3/20. Tickets

6. Divine Comedy at the Eventim Apollo

Norman and Norma was our Song Of The Month in June (hear above). It’s from the Divine Comedy’s 12th studio album Office Politics out this summer. The band play a 22-date UK and European tour in October and November including 17/10 at the Eventim Apollo. Tickets

7. On the Ridge at the Royal Court

Rhys Ifans and Jason Hughes are probably the biggest names in the Royal Court cast for this original play by Hinterland author Ed Thomas but it’s Sion Daniel Young we’re actually here for. Runs 24/10 to 23/11/19. Tickets

8. Tokyo Rose arrives from Edinburgh

It’s 1949 and Iva Toguri is charged with treason on one of the most controversial trials in American history. In Burnt Lemon Theatre’s production Iva stands accused of being the notorious ‘Tokyo Rose’, a Japanese wartime disc jockey who broadcast Axis propaganda to the Allied forces in the Pacific. But was Iva the villain she was made out to be? Word from the Edinburgh Festival was that this was a musical to watch out for and it arrives at London’s New Diorama Theatre 8-12/10/19 Tickets

9. RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

The award-winning US show finally launches a UK spin-off featuring Cheryl Hole from Gals Aloud. Each new episode available on BBC iPlayer from 8pm from 3/10/19. Details

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