MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Revival of the year: 2017

It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2017? Over the next fortnight we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 13 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2017.

  • Read on for nominees for the monsta for Revival of the year. 2016 winner: Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar at King’s Cross)

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Q&A: Imelda Staunton on Follies at the National Theatre

WHERE: Olivier Theatre, National

WHEN: 11/12, show runs to 3/1/18

Follies has about 25 performances left of a near 100-show run when we encounter one of its stars, Imelda Staunton, for a Q&A on the Olivier Theatre stage where she met her husband, Jim Carter, in a production of Guys And Dolls.

  • Read on for reasons including why Staunton likes Sondheim not Seagal

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THEATRE REVIEW: Dick Whittington starring Julian Clary and Elaine Paige

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: London Palladium

WHEN: 10/12 (matinee), press night 13/12, runs to 14/1/18

‘I woke up this morning and there was eight inches outside my back door,’ reflects Julian Clary as Spirit Of The Bells in the Palladium’s annual pantomime extravaganza after an especially snowy morning.

  • Read on for reasons including why this is the funniest pantomime you’re likely to see

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LAST NIGHT: GIG REVIEW: Bananarama at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith: 9 December 2017

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

WHEN: 9/12, US tour February 2018

SETLIST: Nathan Jones; Robert de Niro’s Waiting; Rough Justice; Aie a Mwana; Cruel Summer; Trick Of The Night; Shy Boy/Boy Trouble; Really Saying Something; Cheers Then; Stay; Preacher Man; I Heard A Rumour; More Than Physical; I Can’t Help It; I Want You Back; Venus; Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye; ‘T’aint What You Do; Love In The First Degree

We’re compiling our end-of-year best-of shortlists in various categories at the moment and this gig will be tough to beat in 2017.

  • Read on for reasons including why Siobhan, Keren and Sara should stay together

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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Song of the year: 2017

It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2017? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 13 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2017.

  • Read on for nominees for the monsta for Song of the year. 2016 winner: Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

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GIG REVIEW: Saint Etienne at SWX, Bristol: 8 December 2017

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHERE: SWX, Bristol

WHEN: 8/12, tour runs to 10/12

SETLIST: Kiss And Make Up; Lose That Girl; Out Of My Mind; I’ve Got Your Music; Who Do You Think You Are; Hug My Soul; Magpie Eyes; Don’t Intend To Spend Christmas Alone; Like A Motorway; Dive; Only Love Can Break Your Heart; Tonight; Nothing Can Stop Us Now; Sylvie; He’s On the Phone; Driving Home For Christmas; Train Drivers In Eyeliner; I Was Born On Christmas Day

We’ve shortlisted new Saint Etienne album Home Counties for a monsta for album of the year.

  • Read on for reasons including why we would’ve liked to hear more Home Counties

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GIG REVIEW: Hurts at O2 Brixton Academy: 7 December 2017

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

WHERE: O2 Brixton Academy

WHEN: 7/12, tour runs to 10/2/2018

SETLIST: Desire; Ready To Go; Some Kind Of Heaven; Sunday; People Like Us; Hold On To Me; Miracle; Rolling Stone; Better Than Love; Sandman; Lights; Walk Away; Something I Need To Know; Wonderful Life; Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us; Wings; Beautiful Ones; All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day; Stay

Current critical opinion would have it that Hurts are somehow trying too hard.

  • Read on for reasons including which old song they played for the first time tonight

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