THEATRE REVIEW: City Of Angels starring Vanessa Williams, Theo James, Hadley Fraser, Rosalie Craig, Rebecca Trehearn and Nicola Roberts at the Garrick Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE? Garrick Theatre RUNTIME: 160 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 14/3, press night 24/3 booking to 5/9/20

The Donmar revival of this musical homage to the film noir genre of motion pictures that rose to prominence in the 1940s was one of the reasons the authors of this blog started writing monstagigz.

  • Read on for reasons including details of the West End debuts of Williams, Jones and Roberts

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AWARDS: winners of the 2019 monstas are …

monstagigz readers have been voting throughout December for their favourite pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 from our shortlists. Read on for details of our monstas winners …

2019’s Best Performance Of A Song

  • I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman by Arun Blair-Mangat and Miriam-Teak Lee (& Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre, pictured above) Review & Juliet tickets

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  • Thank you to everyone who voted. Picture via Facebook courtesy & Juliet musical
  • Read on for reasons including the remaining 13 theatre, pop, film & TV winners

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THEATRE REVIEW: Teenage Dick at the Donmar starring Daniel Monks

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Donmar Warehouse RUNTIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 7/12, press night 12/12, runs to 1/2/20

Actor Daniel Monks has hemiplegia and author Mike Lew tailored his script for the British premiere of his reimagining of Shakespeare’s Richard III to modern-day US high school Roseland High.

* Read on for reasons including how it boasts one of the most accomplished theatrical performances of the year

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THEATRE REVIEW: Appropriate starring Monica Dolan, Steven Mackintosh & Edward Hogg at the Donmar

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Donmar Warehouse RUNTIME: 165 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 16/8, opens 22/8 and runs to 5/10/19

The stage is so cluttered that at a suitably dramatic moment lead Monica Dolan turns on her heels, loses her balance, falls off the stage and ends up in an unsuspecting audience member’s lap.

  • Read on for reasons including what Dolan did after winning the Best Supporting Actress Olivier

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for August 2019 starring Fleabag

  1. Fleabag takes the stage

Author Phoebe Waller-Bridge won our 2016 Best TV/Film actress monsta for her work on the 1st TV series (5 reasons to watch here) of this show and the original play on which it is based comes to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre 20/8 through 14/9/19. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope-Fletcher & Shura

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best theatre actress of 2019 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2018 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2019 so far and what’s to come. Sheridan Smith, Jade Anouka, Imelda Staunton and Sharon D. Clarke are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best theatre actresses of 2019 so far and our hopes for the next half year

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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Best Theatre Actress 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 Actress of the year. 2017 winner: Imelda Staunton (Follies)

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THEATRE REVIEW: Measure For Measure starring Jack Lowden & Hayley Atwell at the Donmar

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Donmar RUNTIME: 3 hours and 10 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 28/9, press night 3/10, runs to 24/11/18

Does this production in which lead actor and actress alternate their roles offer a gender fluid theatrical 1st?

  • Read on for reasons including all the gossip from this 1st preview and how we wanted more Jackie Clune

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