Q&A/THEATRE REVIEW: Faith Healer at the Old Vic starring Michael Sheen, Indira Varma & David Threlfall

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Old Vic

RUNTIME: 150 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 19/9 (matinee) runs to 19/9/20

What do Tony Blair, Kenneth Williams, Brian Clough, David Frost and Chris Tarrant have in common? They have all been played on screen by the extraordinary chameleon that is Michael Sheen.

  • Read on for reasons including why this four-monologue play doesn’t quite work

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GIG REVIEW: Sharon D.Clarke Tonight at the London Coliseum

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: London Coliseum via Stream Theatre

RUNTIME: 50 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 18/9 for one-night only

SETLIST: Live In The Light; I’ve Got To Sing My Song; I Know Where I’ve Been; Heaven Help Us All; Don’t Quit: I Will Survive; The Rose; Goldfinger: Diamonds Are Forever; Natural Woman; River Deep, Mountain High

There’s a reason one doesn’t often hear covers of songs best known by artists including Shirley Bassey and Tina Turner.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see musical theatre stars including Carrie Hope Fletcher and Cassidy Janson in this special series of shows

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5 reasons why we love Sophie Ellis-Bextor

By Carron Stacey

1. Groovejet

I know she attributes an awful lot of her subsequent musical opportunities to this track, with Spiller, and this 2000 summer track must surely sit somewhere in your life soundtrack. Indie kids will have known her from Theaudience and dance lovers will adore what the NME called this “slip of irresistible ice-filtered summer funk”.

  • Read on for reasons including Kitchen Disco, Spinning Plates podcast and Crying At The Discotheque

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our Best TV/Film actress of 2020 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2020 so far and what’s to come. Glenda Jackson, Lady Gaga, Elisabeth Moss, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Charlotte Rampling are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 6 best TV/film actresses of 2020 so far and our hopes for the next three months

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THEATRE REVIEW: Talking Heads starring Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville at the Bridge Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Bridge Theatre RUNTIME: 75 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 12/9 (matinee) runs to 22/9, season runs to 31/10/10

We’re inside a theatre and watching a production for the first time in 182 days and, although we’re wearing a mask, it’s exhilarating to be enjoying such a shared experience again albeit socially distanced in an audience of 250 where there would normally have been 900.

  • Read on for reasons including why a COVID-19 consolation is that we have two new Talking Heads and this season

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our Best TV/Film actor of 2020 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2020 so far and what’s to come. Anthony Hopkins, Jonas Nay, Sacha Dhawan, Hugh Grant and Billy Porter are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 7 best TV/fim actors of 2020 so far and our hopes for the next three months

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Faith by Hurts (September 2020)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: Voices; Suffer; Fractured; Slave To Your Love; All I Have To Give; Liar; Somebody; Numb; Redemption; White Horses; Darkest Hour

‘When we started making the album, we knew we wanted to give it everything. We decided to confront our demons, excavate the pain and show you it all. It was difficult, at times impossible, but once it started to come together, we felt like nothing could stop us. We knew we were making something special. Something we were going to be immensely proud of,’ says lead singer Theo Hutchcraft.

  • Read on for reasons including where to see Hurts on tour next year including London gig details

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OPENING NIGHT THEATRE REVIEW/Q&A: Three Kings starring Andrew Scott at the Old Vic

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHERE? Old Vic RUNTIME: 60 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 3/9, closes 5/9

This monologue was written for Scott by author Stephen Beresford and marks a return to working with director Matthew Warchus for the first time we think since the trio combined to devastating effect on quite possibly our favourite ever film, 2014’s comedy and emotional masterpiece Pride (watch clip below)

  • Read on for reasons including gems friend Dermot O’Leary teased out of Scott in the Q&A

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