GIG REVIEW: Sigrid at the O2 Brixton Academy

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

SETLIST: Sucker Punch; In Vain; Schedules; Plot Twist; Raw; High Five; Dynamite; I Don’t Want To Know; Fake Friends; Haunted; I Don’t Buy It; Savage In Our Blood; Go To War; Don’t Kill My Vibe; Focus; Credit; Strangers

WHEN?: 12/11/18

WHERE: O2 Brixton Academy

‘We need to hear that debut album – now’ we wrote when we last saw Sigrid in March at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and it is a sentiment that is much underscored tonight.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Pinter Four, Pinter At The Pinter, at the Harold Pinter Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Harold Pinter Theatre RUN TIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes (including a 30-minute interval)

WHEN?: 9/11, runs to 8/12/18

We’re halfway through the Pinter At The Pinter season in the West End and there’s a real gem of 1 of his less well-known 1-act plays after the interval here.

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ALBUM REVIEW: A Northern Soul by Sheridan Smith

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RELEASED: 2/11/18 (UK)

RUNNING ORDER: A Northern Soul; Handle With Care; Priceless; Are You Just Sleeping; Remedy In The Melody; Rock Bottom; Why Can’t I Fall In Love; Ain’t That Funny; Sweetest Of Thieves; Listen To The Rain; The One; Don’t Beg For Love

Smith’s 1st album Sheridan was last year’s 2nd best selling debut by a UK woman, behind only Dua Lipa’s Brit Award winner.

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BROADWAY: THEATRE REVIEW: The Lifespan Of A Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones & Bobby Cannavale at Studio 54

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Studio 54 RUN TIME: 85 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 4/11, runs to 13/1/19

‘Fake news’ is a term that is rarely out of the headlines and here we have a new American play that investigates a true story about a fact checker who challenges a writer.

  • Read on for reasons including how convincing Harry Potter star Radcliffe’s American accent is

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BROADWAY: THEATRE REVIEW: Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE? Music Box Theatre RUN TIME: 2 hours 40 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 2/11, booking to 13/7/19

Last year songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song for City Of Stars from La La Land.

  • Read on for reasons including why this will be a smash West End hit when it bursts into London

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BROADWAY: THEATRE REVIEW: Torch Song starring Michael Urie at the Hayes Theater

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Hayes Theater RUN TIME: 3 hours (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 3/11 (matinee), runs to 24/2/19

Harvey Fierstein is probably best known now for writing the book for Cyndi Lauper’s hit musical Kinky Boots but in the 70s he penned something truly groundbreaking and ahead of its time which is revisited brilliantly here.

  • Read on for reasons including how brilliantly #TheTorchIsLit and how it deserves to burn brightly in London

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OFF BROADWAY: THEATRE REVIEW: Mother of the Maid starring Glenn Close at the Public Theater

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Anspacher Theater, Public Theater, off Broadway RUN TIME: 2 hours 10 minutes (with 15-minute interval)

WHEN?: 2/11, runs to 23/12/18

The screenplay of Glenn Close’s current film The Wife was written by Jane Anderson, author of Mother Of The Maid, and the picture stars the actress’s real-life daughter Annie Starke.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Macbeth starring Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack at the Barbican

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Barbican RUN TIME: 2 hours and 33 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 27/10, runs to 17/11/18

The most striking thing about this modern-day re-imagining of 1 of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays is how the 3 witches become 3 identically-dressed schoolgirls.

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for November

  1. Dear Evan Hansen arrives in the West End

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical written by The Greatest Showman‘s Pasek and Paul arrives in the West End in autumn next year at the Noel Coward Theatre. We’ll be reviewing the show’s Broadway production this week (we’re on Broadway, baby!) for clues about what to expect in London. We’re already big fans of the soundtrack with our favourite song below. Sign up for notifications about the UK production. Broadway tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter & Sheridan Smith 

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