THEATRE REVIEW: ABBA Mania at Shaftesbury Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHEN?: Friday 21 May, runs to 6 June 2021

RUNTIME: 120 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

It’s the night before the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but how best to spend it in the West End when theatres have re-opened with social distancing and the audience wearing masks for the first time since December?

  • Read on for reasons including ticket details for how to see this ABBA greatest hits show in the West End until June 2021
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FILM REVIEW and ALBUM REVIEW: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga starring Will Ferrell

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

OUT now on Netflix

This film is well-timed because in the 65-year history of the Eurovision Song Contest it has been held annually apart from 2020 when Covid-19 caused its cancellation.

  • Read on for reasons including why we shed a little tear at this film’s surprising and moving conclusion

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for July

  1. Sacha Dhawan in new Alan Bennett play

Sacha Dhawan (pictured above) won our Best Film/TV Actor monsta last year for The Boy With the Topknot and is here reunited with playwright Alan Barnett and former History Boy Samuel Barnett in a play at the Bridge Theatre marking the 70th birthday of the NHS. Runs 11/7 to 28/9/18. Tickets

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  • Read on for reasons including Sigrid, Mamma Mia 2, Years and Years in Camden and Importance Of Being Earnest

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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ABBA: Super Troupers at Southbank Centre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Southbank Centre

WHEN?: 10/5/18, booking to 29/7/18

STOP PRESS: Super Troupers arrives at The 02 6/12/19 to 31/8/20 Tickets

Did you ever see ABBA live? Probably not because, as we learn here, they remained in Sweden for all but three months of the 10 years they were at their most popular.

  • Read on for reasons including how you can sing Dancing Queen in a replica of ABBA’s studio

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5 (6,7,8) reasons why Steps should be the UK’s 2019 Eurovision entry

31890936_1746382245427408_8209362363149713408_o1. Comeback of the year

It’s hard to envisage an act of their stature coming back with quite the impact that Steps managed in 2017 (and 2018). Their Party On The Dancefloor┬átour moved seamlessly into Summer Of Steps. Do supports Blue, Aqua and Saara Aalto foreshadow a Steps Eurovision bow?

  • Read on for reasons including it’s our first entry after Brexit, so let’s go out with a bang

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