WHERE?: Malmö Arena, Malmö WHERE DO I WATCH?: SVT Play
Last year Loreen’s 2012 Eurovision winner Euphoria lost its crown as the Contest’s best-loved song in the ESC250 and perhaps it’s fitting then that the queen returns to Melodifestivalen in 2023 with a new song.
Read on for reasons including Loreen, Mariette and Axel Schylström
Smith (Funny Girl, Savoy) returns to the stage for the 1st time since Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Palladium and this beloved Willy Russell one-woman comedy about a woman who finds love on holiday abroad is the perfect choice. Runs 17 February through 3 June at the Duke Of York’s. Tickets
Read on for reasons including Callum Scott Howells at the National, Standing At The Sky’s Edge and Benidorm Fest
WHERE?: Næstved Arena in Næstved HOW DO I WATCH?: DR
Denmark hasn’t made a Eurovision final since 2019 and recent Dansk Melodi Grand Prixs have been slated for their blandness although this is a criticism that would be difficult to justify in 2023 given these fine and varied 8 songs.
Read on for reasons including EYJAA, Maia Maia, Mariyah LeBerg and Frederik Leopold
WHERE?: Sparbanken Lidköping Arena, Lidköping WHERE DO I WATCH?: SVT Play
Last year our favourite MF entry was a songwriter performing her own tune (Cazzi Opeia’s I Can’t Get Enough) and this heat sees 2 women renowned for their work for others step up to the mike to perform their own work.
Read on for reasons including Laurell, Melanie Wehbe and Marcus and Martinus
WHERE?: Scandinavium, Gothenburg WHERE DO I WATCH?: SVT Play
Melodifestivalen returns to the venue of the 1985 Eurovision for a 1st heat in its 2023 edition which sees the swift return to the MF stage of the contest’s 1st openly transgender participant – Tone Sekelius (pictured above) – who finished 5th last year with the uptempo anthem My Way.
Read on for reasons including Victor Crone, Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Eva Rydberg and Ewa Roos
Aidan Turner and Jenna Coleman bring Lemons, Lemons, Lemons to the West End
We last saw Turner on a West End stage 4 years ago in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Noel Coward Theatre) and Coleman at the Old Vic in 2019 in All My Sons. Lemons is a revival of a 2015 two-hander with a running time of just 75 minutes about the importance of words, is directed by Josie Rourke (Sweet Charity, Donmar) and on at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Runs 18 January through 18 March 2023. TicketsReview
Read on for reasons includingBeverley Knight in new musical Sylvia,Nolly and new plays Boys Are Kissingand The Unfriend