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
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
We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. James McAvoy, George Mackay and Andrew Scott are previous winners in this category.
- Read on for our top 6 best theatre actors of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year
We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. Oddshaped Balls and The Ferryman are previous winners in this category.
- Read on for our top 6 best new plays of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year
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
- 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
- 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
- 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