9 reasons why we can’t wait for April 2023 starring Derry Girls Dancing At Lughnasa

  1. Derry Girls cast Dancing at Lughnasa at the National

Siobhan McSweeney (The Alchemist, Barbican Theatre) and Louisa Harland (Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp, Royal Court) may be best known as Sister Michael and Orla McCool from Channel 4’s Derry Girls but here they reunite onstage with fellow cast member Ardal O’Hanlon in Brian Friel’s (Translations, National Theatre) 1936-set County Donegal tale of the Mundy sisters battling poverty to raise seven-year-old Michael and care for their uncle Jack. Runs 6 April through 27 May 2023. Tickets Review

  • Read on for reasons including The Motive And The Cue, A Little Life and A Play For The Living In A Time Of Extinction

2. Johnny Flynn stars in new Jack Thorne play

It’s all eyes on the National this month as Jack Thorne’s (The End Of History, Royal Court) new play The Motive and the Cue examines John Gielgud (played by Mark Gatiss, ITVX’s Nolly) directing Richard Burton (Johnny Flynn, True West, Vaudeville) under the helming of Sam Mendes. Runs 20 April through 15 July 2023. Tickets Review

3. A Little Life starring James Norton at the Harold Pinter

With an advertised runtime of 3 hours and 40 minutes, this Ivo van Hove (The Human Voice, Harold Pinter Theatre) production is about the intertwined lives of New York college friends and stars Happy Valley‘s James Norton (Belleville, Donmar) alongside Bridgerton‘s Luke Thompson and Cabaret‘s Omari Douglas. Runs 25 March through 18 June 2023. Tickets Transfers to the Savoy Theatre 4 July through 5 August 2023. Review

4. It’s A Sin‘s Lydia West in A Play For The Living in a Time of Extinction

It’s A Sin’s West makes her stage debut in this 80-minute feminist monologue about a life-changing journey to confront the urgent ecological disaster that is unfolding all around us. Runs 26 to 29 April 2023 at the Barbican. Tickets The production then tours the UK with a local actor and director taking the work on

5. New Everything But The Girl LP

Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt release their 1st album in 24 years, their 11th, called Fuse on 21 April. Includes singles Nothing Left To Lose, a song of the month for us, and Caution To The Wind amongst its 10 tracks. The album is expected to contain a mix of electronic and acoustic songs written by the pair. Tickets Review

6. New Jessie Ware LP

That! Feels Good! is Ware’s 5th LP and expected 28 April. The 10-track album features debut single Pearls and includes contributions and co-writes from producer Stuart Price. Tickets

7. Oliviers presented by Hannah Waddingham

So many great shows recognised at this Royal Albert Hall bash on Sunday 2 April hosted by Ted Lasso star Waddingham. We’ve our fingers crossed for My Son’s A Queer (now Ambassadors), Standing At The Sky’s Edge (which must be deserving of a West End transfer, National Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (which transfers to the Phoenix), Prima Facie (which transfers to Broadway), David Moorst in To Kill A Mockingbird, Tammy Faye, The P Word and Marisha Wallace in Oklahoma!, now in the West End.

8. Pet Shop Boys Annually

Former Smash Hits editor Neil Tennant helps to curate lovingly the Pet Shop Boys’ year in annual Annually released this month each year and available from the duo’s website. This year it will be accompanied by the PSB’s 1st new music in 2 years, EP Lost. Their Dreamworld: Greatest Hits Live tour visits Primavera in Barcelona and London’s OVO Arena, Wembley, this summer amid notable dates. Tickets

9. London Eurovision Party

We think UK entry I Wrote A Song by Mae Muller is a potential winner and read our predictions for the other pre-qualified finalists. This annual event takes place at new venue Outernet in Soho on 16 April and will feature artists from this year’s final in Liverpool on 13 May. Tickets if still available. Semi final 1 predictions.

  • Main picture courtesy National Theatre Tickets
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