PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen Heat 1 2019 starring Anna Bergendahl, Arja Saijonmaa, Nano & Wiktoria

WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 2/2/19 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)

WHERE: Gothenburg

Only a fool would predict the outcome of Saturday’s #GreatestShowOnEarth Melodifestivalen Heat 1 on the basis of the snippets available (see below) – but we’re going to have a go.

  • Read on for reasons including our predictions for next month’s final and Andra Chansen

Read More

THEATRE REVIEW: Time Is Love/Tiempo Es Amor starring Sheila Atim

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Finborough Theatre RUN TIME: 90 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: Last night 26/1/19

In April Sheila Atim (pictured above) won the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Olivier and tonight we’re in the front row at this 50-seater theatre above a pub to see her in a production of a new play she has also composed the music for.

  • Read on for reasons including why this production deserves a transfer to a larger London venue

Read More

THEATRE REVIEW: Cost Of Living starring Adrian Lester at Hampstead Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Hampstead Theatre RUN TIME: 110 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 25/1, press night 31/1, booking to 2/3/19

Author Martyna Majok is a Polish-American playwright familiar with homelessness, grief and working multiple jobs to pay her way and weaves those subjects seamlessly together here in her play which won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

  • Read on for reasons including why Hampstead Theatre is becoming the home of cutting edge new writing

Read More

PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 4 starring Ann-Louise Hanson, Anton Hagman, Arvingarna & Lisa Ajax

Our 1st live Melodifestivalen experience was in Stockholm’s Globen 15 years ago when Ann-Louise Hanson joined Towa Carson and Siw Malmkvist to compete with earworm C’est La Vie (pictured right above and immediately below).

  • Read on for reasons including fellow contestants Anton Hagman, Arvingarna & Lisa Ajax

Read More

THEATRE REVIEW: Leave To Remain starring Tyrone Huntley & Billy Cullum at Lyric Hammersmith

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith RUN TIME: 120 minutes (without interval)

WHEN?: 21/1, press night 24/1, booking to 16/2/19

Former pop stars have co-written our favourite new musicals of the last 2 years (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Eugenius) and so we approached this collaboration between Doctor Who writer Matt Jones and Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke with much excitement.

  • Read on for reasons including why we think this deserves a West End transfer

Read More

FILM REVIEW: Vice starring Christian Bale & Amy Adams

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RUN TIME: 132 minutes

WHEN?: Released in the UK 25/1/19

Christian Bale reportedly gained 40 pounds rendering him almost unrecognisable to play former US Vice President Dick Cheney and for us this transformation and quiet, authoritative performance makes him the main rival to Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) for this year’s Best Actor Oscar.

  • Read on for reasons including how this follow up to The Big Short is our film of 2019 so far

Read More

THEATRE REVIEW: Six at the Arts Theatre

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

WHERE?: Arts Theatre RUN TIME: 75 minutes

WHEN?: 17/1/19 (matinee) booking to 5/1/20

It couldn’t be more timely for this musical about the 6 wives of Henry VIII to be returning to the West End as tales of Queen Anne, Mary Queen Of Scots and Elizabeth I dominate cinemas.

  • Read on for reasons including how you’ll be headed home humming the hits with a smile across your face

Read More

FILM REVIEW: Mary Queen Of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RUN TIME: 125 minutes

WHEN?: Released in the UK 18/1/19

Screenwriter Beau Willimon told us when he was working on Netflix’s House Of Cards that ‘power is what really interests me’ and it is the fascinating dynamic between rivals here, the titular Mary and Elizabeth I that dominates.

  • Read on for reasons including why we’re baffled that this isn’t doing better in awards season

Read More

PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for February 2019

  1. Gillian Anderson and Lily James star in All About Eve

Anderson was unforgettable in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in 2014 and James was unmissable on film in 2018 for work including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Runs at the Noel Coward Theatre from 2/2 to 11/5/19. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Chita Rivera live, Claire Steps album and musical Come From Away 

Read More