THEATRE REVIEW: Eurobeat starring Tia Kofi, Joanne Clifton, Scott Paige & Harriet Thorpe

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Stream Theatre

WHEN?: Runs 30 April to 10 May 2021 RUNTIME: 75 minutes

The best reason to stream this star-studded version of a hit West End musical from yesteryear is that it will get you in the mood for this month’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Importance Of Being Earnest starring Gurjeet Singh, Mina Anwar & Divina de Campo

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

WHERE?: Online and available from 19 April to 4 May 2021

WHEN?: 24 April 2021

HOW?: Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield and Dukes Theatre, Lancaster production

RUNTIME: 73 minutes

Gurjeet Singh (pictured above) may be familiar from Channel 4’s school drama Ackley Bridge and here he plays struggling actor and vlogger Ernest/Jamil who is desperate to break into the world of acting success.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Cruise starring Jack Holden

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

HOW TO WATCH: Stream Theatre 15-25 April 2021

RUNTIME: 90 minutes

The dearth of British writing about gay London life in the 80s when HIV and AIDS were so predominant was corrected by Channel 4’s magnificent It’s A Sin and is again addressed here in this 90-minute monologue with original music and songs.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Black Matter starring Giles Terera

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Le Crazy Coqs, Soho, London

WHEN? Friday 26 March 2021, available to 31 March 2021

HOW TO WATCH?: via Fane Productions, tickets RUNTIME: 60 minutes

Terera won an Olivier Award in 2018 for Hamilton and we know all about his West End pedigree thanks to seeing him in shows as diverse as Rosmersholm (Duke Of York’s), Pure Imagination (Other Palace) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre).

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THEATRE REVIEW: BKLYN – The Musical starring Marisha Wallace

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

HOW TO WATCH: Digitally until 4/4/21 at Stream Theatre, tickets

RUNTIME: 85 minutes (without interval)

One of the joys of lockdown has been watching Marisha Wallace’s star rise with her home gig, debut album and now this plum role in a little-known musical we were already familiar with.

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Picture Of Dorian Grey starring Fionn Whitehead, Alfred Enoch, Joanna Lumley, Russell Tovey & Stephen Fry

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHERE?: Digital production 20 March 2021

HOW TO WATCH: Screening online 16-31 March 2021. UPDATE: Now available to 17 April 2021

You probably recognise Fionn Whitehead from Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning World War Two film Dunkirk but we last saw him onstage at the Old Vic in Queers.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Treason – The Musical starring Bradley Jaden, Lucie Jones, Oliver Tompsett and Daniel Boys

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Cadogan Hall, central London

WHEN?: 13 March 2021 (matinee), final show 14 March 2021

Fireworks? Or bonfire bound? Treason – The Musical is still in development and this concert version is performed brilliantly and shows many sparks of potential.

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Color Purple starring T’Shan Williams, Carly Mercedes Dyer & Ako Mitchell

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Curve Leicester RUNTIME: 150 minutes (10-minute interval)

WHEN?: 2/3/21 runs to 7/3/21 available digitally

Update: now extended to 16/3/21

You won’t find a review of this musical on this site until now but 1 of Team monstagigz did see Cynthia Erivo’s Tony Award-winning role as Celie on Broadway in a production that had originated at south London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Gatsby – a musical starring Jodie Steele, Ross William Wild, Emma Williams & Blake Patrick Anderson

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Cadogan Hall, central London

RUNTIME: 135 minutes (including a 10-minute interval)

WHEN?: 28/2/21

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 book by F.Scott Fitzgerald about the insubstantiality of the American Dream that has been made into a film four times starring most recently both Robert Redford and Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Stay Awake, Jake starring Ahmed Hamad at Southwark Playhouse

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHEN?: 19/12/20 (matinee), runs to 19/12/20 RUNTIME: 70 minutes

The best thing about this one-man musical is its star who is fresh from Rent in Manchester and the RSC’s production of David Walliams and Robbie Williams’ musical The Boy In The Dress.

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