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. The Inheritance, The Ferryman and Oddshaped Balls are previous winners in this category.
Read on for our top 5 Best New Plays of 2019 so far and our hopes for the next half year
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. Arinze Kene, Andrew Scott, George Mackay and James McAvoy are previous winners in this category.
Read on for our top 5 best theatre actors of 2019 so far and our hopes for the next half year
Gillian Anderson and Lily James star in All About Eve
Anderson was unforgettable in Tennessee Williams’ AStreetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in 2014 and James was unmissable on film in 2018 for work including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Runs at the Noel Coward Theatre from 2/2 to 11/5/19. Tickets
Read on for reasons including Chita Rivera live, Claire Steps album and musical Come From Away
Broadway said an enthusiastic ‘Hello Dolly’ to Bette Midler this year and we feel exactly the same about Andrew Pollard who returns to the Greenwich Theatre pantomime in 2018 as Delores ‘Dolly’ Crusoe (centre above), mother of the titular hero.
Read on for reasons including how Alice Cooper brought the house down at this press night
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in London (not Sheffield) this time
Dan Gillespie Sells is frontman of The Feeling and we gave his debut musical the full 5* when we saw it in Sheffield in February. It’s a real celebration of mothers and sons and transfers to the West End 6/11 booking to 21/4/18. Tickets. The soundtrack is an absolute treat but our favourite is cross-dressing musical-within-a-song The Legend Of Loco Chanel. Don’t. Miss.
Read on for reasons including Bananarama reunited, Cinderella in Greenwich and Steps on tour
We can remember going to a pantomime each year as a child and wish, in retrospect, that they were as Pan-tastic as the annual festive treat served up at Greenwich Theatre by Andrew Pollard (pictured above).
Read on for reasons including which cast member we were manhandled by in the second half
London’s iconic Savoy Theatre is always a guarantee of a hot hit musical and Glee‘s Amber Riley (pictured above and with And I’m Telling You clip below) stars in Dreamgirls there 19/11 – 11/3/17. We’ve given the Savoy’s last three musicals (Gypsy, Guys and Dolls and Funny Girl) the full 5*. We’re going twice already. Would you bet against this supreme musical not inspiring such baby love? Tickets.
Read on for reasons including Idris Elba, London’s best panto and Christine and The Queens