THEATRE REVIEW: Grief Is the Thing with Feathers starring Cillian Murphy at the Barbican Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Barbican RUNTIME: 85 minutes (with no interval)

WHEN? 27/3, runs to 13/4/19

Cillian Murphy plays both a grieving husband and the crow who arrives to play havoc with the spirits of his family during this ambitious adaptation of an award-winning novel about love, loss and living.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Admissions starring Alex Kingston at Trafalgar Studios

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Trafalgar Studios RUNTIME: 100 minutes (without interval)

WHEN? 23/3, runs to 25/5 and then tours UK until 22/6/19

A scorecard encouraging the audience to ‘Check your privilege’ is handed out by theatre staff at the show’s close.

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Phlebotomist starring Jade Anouka & Rory Fleck Byrne at Hampstead Theatre

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

WHERE? Hampstead Theatre RUNTIME: 2 hours and 15 minutes (with 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 22/3, opens 25/3, runs to 20/4/19

Theatre’s 34th Olivier Awards will be presented at the Royal Albert Hall on 7 April and this new play is shortlisted for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Shipwreck starring Fisayo Akinade, Raquel Cassidy & Tara Fitzgerald at the Almeida Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Almeida Theatre

WHEN? 15/3 runs to 30/3/19 RUNTIME: 3 hours (including a 20-minute interval)

Can political plays ever be about now? Was Shakespeare liberated by the censorship which dominated his writing or did its influence transform the Bard’s work into something truly universal?

  • Read on for reasons including how this work is like the best of James Graham

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Song Diaries by Sophie Ellis-Bextor

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 15/3/19

TRACKLIST: Groovejet; Take Me Home; Murder On The Dancefloor; Move This Mountain; Music Gets The Best Of Me; Mixed Up World; Catch You; Me And My Imagination; Today the Sun’s On Us; Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer); Bittersweet; Not Giving Up On Love; Youngblood; Love Is A Camera; Wild Forever; A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed; Love Is You; Take Me Home; Murder On the Dancefloor

The use of orchestras in pop brings to mind for us some of music’s most thrilling moments from yesteryear: ABC’s Lexicon Of Love album, Left To My Own Devices by Pet Shop Boys or the first two LPs by My Life Story.

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Price starring David Suchet at the Wyndham’s Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Wyndham’s Theatre RUNTIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes (with 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 9/3, runs to 27/4/19

The effect of the Great Depression on America in the 1930s is a familiar theme running throughout the work of Arthur Miller and major revivals of his work are due at both the Old Vic, already currently staging The American Clock, and the Young Vic.

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Sucker Punch by Sigrid (March 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 8/3/19

TRACKLIST: Sucker Punch;  Mine Right Now; Basic; Strangers; Don’t Feel Like Crying; Level Up; Sight Of You; In Vain; Don’t Kill My Vibe; Business Dinners; Never Mine; Dynamite

We 1st saw Sigrid live last year at the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and it was album closer Dynamite which most stood out.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Dangerous Giant Animals at the VAULT Festival

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Vaults Festival RUNTIME: 60 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 10/3/19 (press review ticket)

‘We saw that you recently reviewed Cost of Living at the Hampstead. Our show deals with similar themes – disability, carers, family – and we wondered if you might be interested in reviewing?’

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THEATRE REVIEW: Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston & Zawe Ashton at the Harold Pinter Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Harold Pinter Theatre RUNTIME: 90 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 8/3, opens 13/3, runs to 1/6/19 STOP PRESS: now extended to 8/6

A female voice sings a slowed-down and stripped back version of, we think, Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence at several moments during this methodical revival and it’s the best in-joke of an understated evening.

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