Q&A: Stephen Sondheim on Follies starring Imelda Staunton

WHERE: National Theatre

WHEN: 22/8

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was in his 20s when he wrote the words for Gypsy in 1959 and is here tonight at the National Theatre for the first preview of the revival of his hit Follies starring Imelda Staunton.

  • Read on for reasons including all the gossip from the National production starring Imelda Staunton

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best TV and film of 2017 so far

We awarded 12 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2016 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2017 so far and what’s to come. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jonas Nay, Stranger Things and The Bridge are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for reasons including our favourite TV and film of 2017 so far and our hopes for the next half year

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best single, album and gig of 2017 so far

We awarded 12 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2016 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2017 so far and what’s to come. Lady Gaga, Shura, Suede and Florence and the Machine are among the previous winners in these categories.

  • Read on for reasons including our favourite songs, albums and gigs of 2017 so far

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best theatre revival of 2017 so far

We awarded 12 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2016 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2017 so far and what’s to come. The Shakespeare Trilogy, by the Donmar at King’s Cross Theatre, was the previous winner in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best theatre revivals of 2017 so far and our hopes for the next half year

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THEATRE REVIEW: Apologia starring Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman and Laura Carmichael

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN: 29/7 runs through 18/11

Apologia means a formal defence of a position or action and it’s a well-chosen title for this thoughtful reflection on whether acting for the greater good can excuse parental neglect.

  • Read on for reasons including why Channing won a standing ovation at her 1st preview

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THEATRE REVIEW: Queers starring Russell Tovey & Fionn Whitehead

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 28/7, runs to 31/7

Queers is a series of eight monologues which marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 began the decriminalisation process for homosexuality between men and celebrates the British gay experience over the last century.

  • Read on for reasons including when each monologue will be shown on BBC4

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