MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Theatre actor of the year: 2017

It’s Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2017? Over the next few days we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 13 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2017.

  • Read on for nominees for the monsta for Theatre actor of the year: 2017. 2016 winner: George Mackay (The Caretaker, Old Vic)

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for April

  1. Angels In America descend on the National

Our most anticipated theatrical event of the year. Marianne Elliott (War HorseCurious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time) directs a stellar cast including Nathan Lane (The Producers, The Birdcage), Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, James McArdle and Russell Tovey in this two-part Tony Kushner classic at the National Theatre from 11/4. Runs to 19/8. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including a walk with Mark Rylance, Miriam Margoyles & Olivier Awards

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for January

  1. Magnus Carlsson plays the RVT

This solo star and former member of bands Alcazar and Barbados has tried, and failed, to represent Sweden eight times in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurofest club night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has boasted Melodifestivalen stars including Linda Bengtzing and Shirley Clamp. On 13/1 it throws open its doors to Carlsson. Tickets

  • Picture via Live Forever video. Read on for reasons including Eurovision: Your Decision, Alison Steadman & The Glass Menagerie

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THEATRE REVIEW: People, Places and Things starring Denise Gough

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Wyndhams Theatre

WHEN: 11/4, runs to 18/6

Denise Gough’s electrifying performance as a recovering drug addict in this original production which debuted at the revitalised National Theatre deservedly won her a best actress Olivier Award this month.

  • Read on for reasons to catch Gough in this West End run

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