THEATRE REVIEW: Red Pitch starring Kedar Williams-Stirling, Emeka Sesay & Francis Lovehall at Bush Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: **** RUNTIME: 90 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: Opening night Tuesday 22 February 2022 (press ticket), runs to 26 March 2022

Williams-Stirling plays Jackson Marchetti, a head boy and swimming champion in Netflix’s TV series Sex Education and it’s a role light years from his part in this coming of age story set on a football pitch not far from this west London venue.

  • Read on for reasons including how there’s a truthfulness in the friendship represented here
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for March starring Jonathan Bailey, Taron Egerton & Jade Anouka in Cock

  1. Jonathan Bailey, Taron Egerton and Jade Anouka in Cock

Bridgerton star Bailey won our Best Performance Of A Song monsta in 2018 under Marianne Elliott’s direction in Sondheim’s Company, currently running on Broadway. Elliott returns to direct here. Anouka won a monsta too in 2016 for Best Theatre Actress in the Shakespeare Trilogy. Both star with Egerton (Rocketman) and Phil Daniels (Les Miserables). Mike Bartlett’s 2009 (Snowflake) play about a gay male couple threatened from an unlikely source originally starred Ben Whishaw, Andrew Scott and Katherine Parkinson. Runs 5 March through 4 June 2022 at the Ambassadors Theatre. Tickets The view from the audience as Egerton fainted at the 1st preview

  • Read on for reasons including To Kill A Mockingbird in the West End and the return of Bridgerton
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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Best New Play 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 month 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 Best New Play of the year. 2017 winner: The Ferryman (Royal Court, then Gielgud Theatre)

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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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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Best New Musical 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 Musical of the year. 2017 winner: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre

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THEATRE REVIEW: Drip starring Andrew Finnigan at the Bush Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Bush Theatre (Studio) RUN TIME: 1 hour (no interval)

WHEN?: 4/12 runs to 22/12/18

If you’re looking for the ’10s answer to 1993’s groundbreaking play Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey with songs – then look no further.

  • Read on for reasons including why this charming 1-man show is all about daring to win

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

  1. Julian Clary & Dawn French star in Snow White at the Palladium

This is only the 3rd year of the Olivier Award-winning annual family pantomime at the Palladium but already it’s a staple in our Christmas must-do list – and we’re bringing the relations. Clary has found his niche and here’s what we thought about his show stopping turn in its 2016 and 2017 incarnation. Former Vicar Of Dibley French should make an interesting comic foil. Runs 8/12 through 13/1/19. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Take That, Rocky Horror Show, Claire Richards and the monstas

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THEATRE REVIEW: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything at the Bush Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Bush Theatre RUN TIME: 75 minutes no interval

WHEN?: (press ticket) 13/11, runs to 24/11/18

One of the reasons we love the Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, south-west London, is that it champions new writing that both challenges but also seems rooted in reality.

  • Read on for reasons including how this work attracts the working classes and those who feel alienated by the word ‘theatre”

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