PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Final starring Cornelia Jakobs, Sam Ryder and Chanel

By Aline Mahrud and Neil Durham

WHEN?: Saturday 14 May 2022

WHERE?: PalaOlimpico, Turin, Italy

HOW DO I WATCH?: BBC1 8pm (UK time)

Rousing anti-ballad Hold Me Closer by Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs (pictured) is our pick to take home the 66th Eurovision Song Contest crown on Saturday.

  • Read on for reasons including where we think the Semi 1 qualifiers will finish on Saturday
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THEATRE REVIEW: My Fair Lady starring Amara Okereke, Harry Haddon-Paton & Vanessa Redgrave at the Coliseum

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Saturday 7 May, booking to 30 August 2022 RUNTIME: 190 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

‘By George, she’s got it.’ Remember the name Amara Okereke who was flawless in the titular role at its 1st preview.

  • Read on for reasons including how this is a faithful recreation of a beloved musical with a great cast
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GIG REVIEW: Dua Lipa and Griff at The 02

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Tuesday 3 May 2022, tour runs until 16 November 2022

GRIFF SETLIST: Say It Again; Walk; Forgive Myself; One Foot In Front Of The Other; Head On Fire; One Night; Shade Of Yellow; Black Hole

DUA SETLIST: Physical; New Rules; Love Again; Cool; Pretty Please; Break My Heart; Be The One; We’re Good; Good In Bed; Fever; Boys Will Be Boys; One Kiss; Electricity; Hallucinate; Cold Heart; Levitating; Future Nostalgia; Don’t Start Now

We arrive early at this venue because we want to see support act Griff who was named the Rising Star at 2021’s BRIT Awards and released her debut album last year.

  • Read on for reasons including how Dua Lipa made good on Levitating at this gig
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THEATRE REVIEW: Bonnie & Clyde starring Frances Mayli McCann & Jordan Luke Gage at Arts Theatre

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Sunday 24 April (matinee), booking to 10 July 2022 RUNTIME: 150 minutes (including 1 20-minute interval)

Duet You Love Who You Love between the titular Bonnie and her would-be sister-in-law Blanche is an absolute showstopper as the pair ruminate on their love for Barrow brothers Clyde and Buck.

  • Read on for reasons including why this isn’t quite London’s ‘most wanted’ musical
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THEATRE REVIEW: Oklahoma! starring Anoushka Lucas, Arthur Darvill, Marisha Wallace & Liza Sadovy at the Young Vic

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Saturday 30 April, booking to 25 June 2022 RUNTIME: 170 minutes (including 1 20-minute interval)

We’re sat onstage behind a trestle table on which sits a six-pack of Bud Light and a cooking pot of chilli as male lead Curly McLain, played by Arthur Darvill, arrives playing guitar and singing Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’ and sits opposite us.

  • Read on for reasons including how the source material has been tweaked to make the story more unsettling
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2022 starring My Fair Lady

  1. My Fair Lady starring Amara Okereke at the Coliseum

We saw lead Okereke in both The Boy Friend (Menier) and Spring Awakening (Almeida) and so know how deserved this casting is. We last saw Martine McCutcheon’s triumphant take on this Lerner and Loewe classic in 2001 and it returns to the West End at the Coliseum 7 May through 27 August 2022. Tickets 1st preview review

  • Read on for reasons including Legally Blonde, Amy Adams’ West End debut and last Little Mix gig
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THEATRE REVIEW: Cabaret starring Fra Fee, Amy Lennox & Omar Baroud at The Kit Kat Club

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Monday 18 April, booking to 1 October 2022

RUNTIME: 165 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

7 Oliviers, 3 monstas and 5 months after we 1st saw this production we return for a major cast change which sees 4 of its 5 leads depart.

  • Read on for reasons including why this remains a 5* show even with the loss of its Oscar-winning star
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Wet Leg by Wet Leg (April 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

TRACKLIST: Being In Love; Chaise Longue; Angelica; I Don’t Wanna Go Out; Wet Dream; Convincing; Loving You; UR Mum; Oh No; Piece Of Shit; Supermarket; Too Late Now

Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers named their band after a saying used by Isle of Wight residents to describe non-islanders, that they had a ‘wet leg’ from getting off the boat.

  • Read on for reasons including where to see Wet Leg on tour in the UK this year
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PREVIEW/PREDICTIONS: Eurovision Song Contest pre-qualified finalists starring Chanel, Sam Ryder, Mahmood and Blanco

By Aline Mahrud and Neil Durham

WHEN? Saturday 14 May 2022

WHERE? PalaOlimpico, Turin, Italy

HOW DO I WATCH? BBC1 8pm (UK time)

This is the strongest batch of pre-qualified finalists for a Eurovision we can ever remember and we think there are 2 potential winners in this batch.

  • Read on for how we think the 5 pre-qualified finalists will perform on the big night
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