THEATRE REVIEW: A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Gwendoline Christie at the Bridge Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Bridge Theatre RUNTIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes (with a 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 7/6, opens 11/6 and runs to 31/8/19 (To be broadcast by National Theatre Live 17/10/19)

The last time we saw an immersive Midsummer it was called The Donkey Show, it was set in a 70s New York nightclub and boasted a soundtrack of disco classics.

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for April 2019

  1. Dame Maggie Smith’s 1st theatrical performance in 12 years

When we raved about film There’s Nothing Like A Dame we never thought we’d see Dame Maggie tread the boards again but she returns to London for the 1st time in 12 years in a new one-woman play called A German Life based on the actual testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel, who once worked for Joseph Goebbels. Runs 6/4 to 11/5/19. Tickets The Downton Abbey film is expected to be released in September.

  • Read on for reasons including Sally Field, Bananarama tour, Jessie Buckley film & Game Of Thrones returns

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THEATRE REVIEW: I And You starring Maisie Williams and Zach Wyatt at Hampstead Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Hampstead Theatre RUNTIME: 85 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 22/10, press night 25/10, runs until 24/11/18

There are 2 areas of the programme that include the words: ‘This sealed section contains a spoiler: Please ask a member of staff to open it for you after the play’ and we wouldn’t dream of divulging the twist at the end that throws everything the audience has just seen on its head.

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

  1. We go ape for the Eurovision Song Contest

The final of the 62nd contest takes place in Kiev, Ukraine, on 13/5 at 8pm on BBC1 and the pre-contest publicity has been dominated by the host country’s banning of Russia’s entry. Check out the search box for our predictions for this year which include the contest’s most surefire winner: Occidentali’s Karma by Francesco Gabbani (pictured above).

  • Read on for reasons including Felicity Kendal, new band Lilac Lungs & a Game Of Thrones Q&A

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for February

  1. 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

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THEATRE REVIEW: No Man’s Land starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Wyndhams Theatre

WHEN: 21/9, runs to 17/12

Never has there been a play in the history of theatre where we’ve disagreed so intently with our companion for the evening about their interpretation of it.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet starring Freddie Fox, Lily James, Sir Derek Jacobi & Meera Syal

WORTH A LOOK?: **

WHERE: Garrick Theatre

WHEN: 23/7 runs to 13/8

It’s the news every partner of a theatre lover dreads: the tickets you bought eight months earlier to celebrate a birthday are no longer valid. And you find out that birthday morning. By email.

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PREVIEW & Q&A: The Hollow Crown starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Sturridge

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: BFI

WHEN: 29/3, screens April

The BFI audience has just seen the first episode of the new BBC Hollow Crown trilogy and there are clear Game Of Thrones comparisons although star Tom Sturridge (who plays Henry VI) is having none of it.

  • Read on to find out which Sherlock actor joins Benedict Cumberbatch (pictured above) in this BBC2 production

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