THEATRE REVIEW: Talking Heads starring Imelda Staunton and Lucian Msamati at the Bridge Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Bridge Theatre

WHEN?: 1/10/20 (matinee), season runs to 31/10/20 (Imelda Staunton transfers with Maxine Peake to Sheffield Theatres 9-11/11 and Leeds Playhouse 12-14)

The indomitable Patricia Routledge played Irene Ruddock in the original A Lady Of Letters and Staunton’s is quieter but no less successful. 

  • Read on for reasons including how this role underlines Staunton’s versatility

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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Theatre actress of the year: 2017

It’s Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2017? Over the next few days we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 13 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2017.

  • Read on for nominees for the monsta for Theatre actress of the year: 2017 2016 winner: Jade Anouka (Shakespeare Trilogy, Donmar)

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Q&A: Imelda Staunton on Follies at the National Theatre

WHERE: Olivier Theatre, National

WHEN: 11/12, show runs to 3/1/18

Follies has about 25 performances left of a near 100-show run when we encounter one of its stars, Imelda Staunton, for a Q&A on the Olivier Theatre stage where she met her husband, Jim Carter, in a production of Guys And Dolls.

  • Read on for reasons including why Staunton likes Sondheim not Seagal

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Q&A: Stephen Sondheim on Follies starring Imelda Staunton

WHERE: National Theatre

WHEN: 22/8

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was in his 20s when he wrote the words for Gypsy in 1959 and is here tonight at the National Theatre for the first preview of the revival of his hit Follies starring Imelda Staunton.

  • Read on for reasons including all the gossip from the National production starring Imelda Staunton

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best theatre revival of 2017 so far

We awarded 12 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2016 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2017 so far and what’s to come. The Shakespeare Trilogy, by the Donmar at King’s Cross Theatre, was the previous winner in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best theatre revivals of 2017 so far and our hopes for the next half year

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? starring Sophie Okonedo & Damian Lewis

WORTH A LOOK?: **

WHERE: Theatre Royal Haymarket

WHEN: 24/3, runs to 27/5

Click-thump. The audience at this first preview starts leaving and tipping up their chairs, in very small, but regular, trickles around the middle of act two.

  • Read on for reasons including why it’s lucky this three-act play has no interval

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THEATRE REVIEW: Speech and Debate starring Patsy Ferran, Douglas Booth & Tony Revolori

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios 2

WHEN: 2/3 (matinee), runs to 1/4

We’re mulling over the breaking story of the audience being banned from eating in Imelda Staunton’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? when a group of uniformed schoolchildren walk in and their teacher hands out a giant bag of popcorn, which they share before curtain up.

  • Read on for reasons including why Patsy Ferran is a name to watch out for

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