PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 3 starring Lina Hedlund from Alcazar, Dolly Style, Martin Stenmarck & Omar

We’ve described Alcazar as ‘the greatest act never to represent Sweden in Eurovision’ and 1 of its current members, Lina Hedlund (pictured far left above), competes in Heat 3 in Leksand on 16 February.

  • Read on for reasons including which Alcastar-beating former MF winner competes here also

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FILM REVIEW: Colette starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough & Fiona Shaw

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

RUN TIME?: 111 minutes

WHEN?: Released in the UK 9/1/19

Colette might not be a name familiar to you but Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was described shortly before her death in 1954 as ‘the greatest living French writer of fiction’.

  • Read on for reasons including why this film bears thematic similarities to Glenn Close’s The Wife

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second starring Simon Russell Beale at the Almeida

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Almeida RUN TIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 12/1/19, runs to 2/2/19

Buckets of blood, soil and water rain down on the cast in director Joe Hill-Gibbins’ 3rd radical reinterpretation of Shakespeare since 2015.

  • Read on for reasons including what to expect from its NT Live showing next week

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FILM REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Ben Whishaw & Julie Walters

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Released in cinemas in the UK 21/12/18

We’re killing time between a Q&A and performance at Sloane Square’s Royal Court Theatre when we chance upon the 50 Smith Street home in Chelsea where Mary Poppins‘ author P.L.Travers lived and used as inspiration for the Cherry Tree Lane home of the Banks family in this.

  • Read on for reasons including why we shed a tear more than once during the film

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THEATRE REVIEW: Coming Clean at Trafalgar Studios 2

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Trafalgar Studios 2 RUN TIME: 115 minutes (including interval)

WHEN?: 9/1/19, press night 11/1 runs to 2/2/19

Coming Clean is the 1st play by author Kevin Elyot who is probably best known for My Night With Reg which won many awards including the 1995 Olivier for Best Comedy.

  • Read on for reasons including how actor Elyot was encouraged to write his 1st play at Bush Theatre

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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 2 starring Margaret, Andreas Johnson & LIAMOO

The song we wanted to win the Melodifestivalen final last year was the old-school Rihanna bop My Cabana sung by Margaret (pictured) who appears again in this 2nd heat from Malmö on 9 February where she closes the show.

  • Read on for reasons including details of fellow Heat 2 participants including Andreas Johnson & pre-contest favourite (again) LIAMOO

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FILM REVIEW: Green Book starring Mahershala Ali & Viggo Mortensen

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHEN?: Released UK-wide 01/02/19

The 76th Golden Globes are awarded at the Beverley Hilton, Beverley Hills in California on Sunday (6 January 2019) and this film is shortlisted for 5 (Best Film (Musical or Comedy), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay).

  • Read on for reasons including why this film is likely to resonate with Oscar voters

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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 1 starring Anna Bergendahl, Wiktoria, Arja Saijonmaa & Nano

The greatest show on earth returns on 2 February 2019 in Gothenburg with 1 of its least successful acts closing the show (pictured above and immediately below) hoping to make up for her 2010 failure to reach the Eurovision Song Contest final in neighbouring Oslo.

  • Read on for reasons including Wiktoria, Arja Saijonmaa & Nano who also appear in this debut heat

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Cane starring Nicola Walker, Maggie Steed & Alun Armstrong

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Royal Court RUN TIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 29/12 (matinee), runs to 26/1/19

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returned recently to the West End and it was for her part in the original production that Nicola Walker (who we last saw in A View From The Bridge in 2015) won a Best Supporting Actress Olivier.

  • Read on for reasons including why Walker’s interrogative qualities honed on TV are well realised here

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