SONG OF THE MONTH: The Best Mistakes by The Divine Comedy (December 2021)

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

It’s quite the feat for a band that has been releasing records for 4 decades to put out a new single that sounds both quintessentially them but also with an understanding of what made supergroup ABBA’s return to the fold this year such a thrill.

  • Read on for reasons including everything we know about how to see The Divine Comedy live in 2022
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AWARDS SHORTLIST: Best Theatre Actor of 2021

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2021? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 15 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Very Special Guest Star starring Alan Turkington, Edd Muruako and Jonny Khan at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: **** RUNTIME: 75 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: Sunday 5 December (matinee), ran until Sunday 12 December 2021

Khan plays 20-year-old Quasim, the titular very special guest star, who has been invited home by middle-aged couple Michael and Phil to spice up their sex life.

  • Read on for reasons including how this has been shortlisted as Best New Play in our 7th annual monstas
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AWARDS SHORTLIST: MONSTAS: Best New Play of 2021

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2021? Over the next fortnight we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 15 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Force Majeure starring Rory Kinnear at the Donmar

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHEN?: Saturday 11 December, opens 16 December, booking until 5 February 2022 Note: this production did not open and is currently paused because of Covid. Previews resume 29 December 2021

The stage is a dry ski slope for this tale of a family skiing holiday that goes wrong when an avalanche hits.

  • Read on for reasons including why this is a well-acted production that left us feeling cold
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AWARDS SHORTLIST: MONSTAS: Best TV/Film Actor of 2021

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2021? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 15 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.

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AWARDS SHORTLIST: MONSTAS: Best Revival of 2021

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2021? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 15 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Spring Awakening starring Laurie Kynaston and Amara Okereke at the Almeida Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Tuesday 7 December, opens 17 December, booking until 22 January 2022 UPDATE: now extended to 29 January 2022

This production is so powerful that at 1 point a woman in the audience bursts into tears and has to leave while at another a young man is audibly sobbing behind our front row seat.

  • Read on for reasons including how we forecast both West End and Broadway transfers for this angry production
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AWARDS SHORTLIST: MONSTAS: Best TV/Film Actress of 2021

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2021? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 15 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.

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