PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for September 2019 starring Frances Barber in MUSIK

  1. Frances Barber brings MUSIK to London and Pet Shop Boys play Hyde Park

Billie Trix was the most compelling character from Pet Shop Boys musical Closer To Heaven and author Jonathan Harvey has brought the star played by Frances Barber back for an hour-long show with new songs by the duo. For Every Moment was our Song Of The Month for August. An Edinburgh Festival hit, MUSIK takes its bow at the Leicester Square Theatre 3-7/9. Tickets Pet Shop Boys also play Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park 15/9 Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Reece Shearsmith, Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Big

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THEATRE REVIEW: Fanny and Alexander starring Penelope Wilton

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 24/2, press night 1/3, runs to 14/4/18

We join director Max Webster and writer Stephen Beresford for a Q&A two nights before their production of Ingmar Bergman’s beloved children’s classic Fanny and Alexander opens.

  • Read on for reasons including how this version does not include Nazis and jazz

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Q&A: Dr Thorne starring Julian Fellowes, Rebecca Front & Tom Hollander

WHERE?: BFI

WHEN: 2/3

Compere Gyles Brandreth describes his childhood friend Julian Fellowes as ‘the only Oscar winner I’ve shared a bath with’ as he introduces us to the Downton Abbey author and members of the cast of his new show.

  • Read on to find out why Dr Thorne isn’t the new Downton and Downton Abbey – the movie latest

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

  1. Zawe Ashton stars in The Maids at Trafalgar Studios 

Ashton was shortlisted for a 2015 monsta for best theatre actress for Splendour at the Donmar and headlines here with Orange Is The New Black‘s Uzo Aduba in Jean Genet’s tale of the help for Downton Abbey‘s Laura Carmichael. Performed by the Jamie Lloyd Company, we’re expecting something spiky and stylish. (Pic via Facebook courtesy Jamie Lloyd Company)

  • Read on for reasons including Melodifestivalen, Hurts live and the Oscars

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7 reasons to be excited about September

  1. Rocky Horror Show returns to West End

Antici ….. pation’s running high for the return of Richard O’Brien as The Narrator in the musical he wrote, The Rocky Horror Show. It runs 11-26/9 at the Playhouse Theatre with a show broadcast to cinemas 17/9 in aid of Amnesty International starring Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc, Emma Bunton and Anthony Head. The regular cast includes the brilliant David Bedella (Jerry Springer – The Opera) and tours nationwide after this run.

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