It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2021? Over the next fortnight we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 15 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2021 starring Eurovision

  1. Eurovision Song Contest returns

Covid-19 caused its cancellation for the 1st time in its 66-year history in 2020 and this year it comes live from the Ahoy in Rotterdam on Saturday 22 May 2021. We’ve previewed semi 1, semi 2 and the pre-qualified finalists. Our pick to win is Iceland’s Daði Freyr (pictured) with hits group Gagnamagnið and entry 10 Years, a song of the week for us in March.

  • Read on for reasons including the return of the West End featuring Drag Race UK stars, the Southwark Playhouse and Glastonbury
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THEATRE REVIEW: Cruise starring Jack Holden


HOW TO WATCH: Stream Theatre 15-25 April 2021

RUNTIME: 90 minutes

The dearth of British writing about gay London life in the 80s when HIV and AIDS were so predominant was corrected by Channel 4’s magnificent It’s A Sin and is again addressed here in this 90-minute monologue with original music and songs.

  • Read on for reasons including how and where to see this in the West End from May 2021
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