THEATRE REVIEW: Cyrano de Bergerac starring James McAvoy at the Playhouse Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHERE? Playhouse Theatre RUNTIME: 170 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 30/11, press night 6/12, runs to 29/2/20

‘This’ll work – I’ve seen it in a movie with Steve Martin.’ So says McAvoy to much audience laughter as Cyrano de Bergerac before impersonating friend Christian who is struggling to woo the challenging Roxane.

  • Read on for reasons including why this isn’t quite the crown on top of a remarkable year for director Jamie Lloyd

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THEATRE REVIEW: Evita starring Samantha Pauly at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

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STOP PRESS: This production of Evita is now booking at the Barbican 27/6 to 22/8/20 Tickets

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre RUNTIME: 130 minutes (plus 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 2/8, opens 8/8,  runs to 21/9/19

It’s apt that in the week where UK girl group musical Six announces its Broadway transfer, that the latest actress to play Evita should have the voice of Anna Kendrick and the moves of Cheryl Cole.

  • Read on for reasons including how this 1st preview earned its standing ovation

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for August 2019 starring Fleabag

  1. Fleabag takes the stage

Author Phoebe Waller-Bridge won our 2016 Best TV/Film actress monsta for her work on the 1st TV series (5 reasons to watch here) of this show and the original play on which it is based comes to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre 20/8 through 14/9/19. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope-Fletcher & Shura

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

  1. Leave to Remain at the Lyric, Hammersmith

A modern love story by Matt Jones with music by Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke starring Billy Cullum and Tyrone Huntley (pictured left to right above) runs at the Lyric, Hammersmith, 18/1/19 through 16/2/19. Tickets

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  • Read on for reasons including Benedict Cumberbatch in Brexit and Olivia Colman’s The Favourite

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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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THEATRE REVIEW: Apologia starring Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman and Laura Carmichael

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN: 29/7 runs through 18/11

Apologia means a formal defence of a position or action and it’s a well-chosen title for this thoughtful reflection on whether acting for the greater good can excuse parental neglect.

  • Read on for reasons including why Channing won a standing ovation at her 1st preview

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

  1. Queers at the Old Vic

27/7 will mark the 50th anniversary of the repeal of the law against homosexuality and BBC4 has commissioned the filming of eight monologues curated by Mark Gatiss and featuring authors including Jackie Clune performed by stars such as Ben Whishaw (pictured above), Russell Tovey and Alan Cumming. UPDATE: 4/7: No sign of Whishaw or Cumming in the Old Vic casting announced today but it does include Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Sarah Crowe, Ian Gelder, Mark Bonnar & Kadiff Kirwan. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Jack O’Connell, Frank Ocean & Stockard Channing

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