MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Best Theatre Actor of the year: 2018

It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2018? Over the next week we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 14 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2018.

  • Read on for nominees for the monsta for Theatre Actor of the year. 2017 winner: Andrew Scott in Hamlet at the Almeida

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THEATRE REVIEW: Misty starring Arinzé Kene at the Trafalgar Studios

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN?: 13/9 (press ticket), runs to 20/10 RUNTIME: 2 hours (including interval)

NOTE: now extended until 17/11/18

We shortlisted half a dozen Best New Plays of the year in June and 2, including this 1, make their West End bows this month.

  • Read on for reasons including why Misty works in its new West End home

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THEATRE REVIEW: Misty starring Arinzé Kene

UPDATE: Misty transfers to Trafalgar Studios 8/9 to 17/10 Tickets

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Bush Theatre

WHEN: (Press ticket) 26/3 runs to 21/4/18, now extended to 27/4

Arinzé Kene starred with Russell Tovey in our favourite film of 2016, gay footballer storyThe Pass.

  • Read on for reasons including why the Bush Theatre is becoming the go-to venue for the best original writing

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

  1. Caroline, or Change at the Hampstead Theatre

Two highlights for us of last year were the National Theatre’s production of Angels In America by Tony Kushner and Sharon D. Clarke in musical The Life at Southwark Playhouse. This year D. Clarke is in Kushner’s musical Caroline, Or Change set in Louisiana in 1963 which runs 12/3 to 21/4 at Hampstead Theatre. Transferred from Chichester’s Festival Theatre. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Will Young, Strictly Ballroom, Sigrid and Vanessa Redgrave

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

  1. Queers at the Old Vic

27/7 will mark the 50th anniversary of the repeal of the law against homosexuality and BBC4 has commissioned the filming of eight monologues curated by Mark Gatiss and featuring authors including Jackie Clune performed by stars such as Ben Whishaw (pictured above), Russell Tovey and Alan Cumming. UPDATE: 4/7: No sign of Whishaw or Cumming in the Old Vic casting announced today but it does include Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Sarah Crowe, Ian Gelder, Mark Bonnar & Kadiff Kirwan. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Jack O’Connell, Frank Ocean & Stockard Channing

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for February

  1. Charlotte Perrelli returns to Melodifestivalen

Europe’s premiere Eurovision selection show launches on 4/2 at 7pm English time with the return of 1999 winner Charlotte Perrelli, who also won Melodifestivalen in 2008, MF favourites Ace Wilder, Dinah Nah and Boris Rene. 2012 Eurovision winner Loreen also competes in heat 4 25/2. Prime-time Saturday nights in February sorted. Picture via YouTube from the Take Me To Your Heaven performance in 1999’s Eurovision.

  • Read on for reasons including what Imelda Staunton did next, Sherlock goes Hamlet and the pick of the awards season

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