AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our Best Theatre Actress of 2020 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2020 so far and what’s to come. Sheridan Smith, Jade Anouka, Imelda Staunton, Sharon D. Clarke and Monica Dolan are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best theatre actresses of 2020 so far and our hopes for the next three months

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our Best Revival of 2020 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2020 so far and what’s to come. Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar), Follies (National Theatre), Company (Gielgud Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bridge Theatre) are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best revivals of 2020 so far and our hopes for the next three months

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our Best Theatre Actor of 2020 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2020 so far and what’s to come. James McAvoy, George MacKay, Andrew Scott, Arinzé Kene and Daniel Monks are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best theatre actors of 2020 so far and our hopes for the next three months

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THEATRE REVIEW: Uncle Vanya starring Richard Armitage & Toby Jones

STOP PRESS: Sonia Friedman Productions has announced that a specially-commissioned film of this production is to be released 27/10/20. Watch the trailer below

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

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

WHEN? 14/1, press night 23/1 runs to 2/5/20

Six years after a brooding Olivier-nominated performance as John Proctor in the Old Vic’s production of The Crucible and Richard Armitage (pictured above in rehearsal) is back on the London stage in Conor McPherson’s re-imagining of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

  • Read on for reasons including how Toby Jones is the comic highlight as Armitage goes topless

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THEATRE REVIEW: Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston & Zawe Ashton at the Harold Pinter Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Harold Pinter Theatre RUNTIME: 90 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 8/3, opens 13/3, runs to 1/6/19 STOP PRESS: now extended to 8/6

A female voice sings a slowed-down and stripped back version of, we think, Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence at several moments during this methodical revival and it’s the best in-joke of an understated evening.

  • Read on for reasons including how the audience is queuing around the block to see Tom Hiddleston at the stage door

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

  1. Pinter’s Betrayal stars Zawe Ashton and Tom Hiddleston

The Pinter at the Pinter season at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre has been hit and miss but it’s big finish stars Hiddleston and monstagigz favourite Ashton. Runs 5/3 to 1/6. We’ve reviewed Ashton at both the Old Vic and Trafalgar Studios in recent years. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Jade Anouka, Wiktoria, Sigrid & Sophie Ellis Bextor

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THEATRE REVIEW: Pinter at the Pinter starring Martin Freeman & Danny Dyer

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Harold Pinter Theatre RUN TIME: 120 minutes (including interval)

WHEN?: 1/2/19, press night 6/2/19, booking to 23/2/19

Danny Dyer might be familiar to you as father of Love Island‘s Dani, his Henry VIII connection, from EastEnders or because of a memorable ‘trotters up’ Brexit quote but you might not know he was twice directed by Harold Pinter, in 2000 and 2002.

  • Read on for reasons including why this is the most successful so far of the Pinter at the Pinter series

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THEATRE REVIEW: Pinter Four, Pinter At The Pinter, at the Harold Pinter Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Harold Pinter Theatre RUN TIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes (including a 30-minute interval)

WHEN?: 9/11, runs to 8/12/18

We’re halfway through the Pinter At The Pinter season in the West End and there’s a real gem of 1 of his less well-known 1-act plays after the interval here.

  • Read on for reasons including how Follies star Janie Dee transforms herself (see below) in Les Dawson fashion

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

  1. Beverley Knight is in Sylvia at the Old Vic

We’ve enjoyed a live taster of this hip hop production which runs at the Old Vic 3-22/9 with Knight (2nd from left), who last wowed in Cats at the Palladium, starring as women’s rights campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst. Elliotte Williams N’Dure (centre clip below) absolutely bossing proceedings. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Patti LuPone in the West End, Janelle Monae in London & Killing Eve

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Birthday Party starring Toby Jones, Zoe Wanamaker and Pearl Mackie

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Harold Pinter Theatre

WHEN: 19/1, runs to 14/4/18

More than 60 years after the curtain came down on Harold Pinter’s second play in London after dire reviews and just eight performances, it is revived again.

  • Read on for reasons including why one performance unbalances this revival

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