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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9 reasons why we can’t wait for April

  1. Angels In America descend on the National

Our most anticipated theatrical event of the year. Marianne Elliott (War HorseCurious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time) directs a stellar cast including Nathan Lane (The Producers, The Birdcage), Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, James McArdle and Russell Tovey in this two-part Tony Kushner classic at the National Theatre from 11/4. Runs to 19/8. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including a walk with Mark Rylance, Miriam Margoyles & Olivier Awards

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THEATRE REVIEW: 1984

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Playhouse Theatre

WHEN: 17/6 runs to 29/10

Robert Icke won the 2016 best director Olivier for Oresteia and there’s much from that in this 2014 Almeida production which is back in the West End for another run.

  • Read on for the reasons why this George Orwell literary classic works on stage

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ALBUM REVIEW: Detour by Cyndi Lauper

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

OUT: 6/5

TRACKLIST: Funnel Of Love; Detour; Misty Blue; Walkin’ After Midnight; Heartaches By The Number; The End Of The World; Night Life; Begging To You; You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly; I Fall To Pieces; I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart; Hard Candy Christmas.

Kinky Boots was a nominee in our monstas for musical of 2015 and Cyndi Lauper, who rose to fame in the 80s as a pop star rivalling Madonna, was one of its authors.

  • Read on for details of where Cyndi’s appearing on tour in the UK this year

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THEATRE REVIEW: People, Places and Things starring Denise Gough

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Wyndhams Theatre

WHEN: 11/4, runs to 18/6

Denise Gough’s electrifying performance as a recovering drug addict in this original production which debuted at the revitalised National Theatre deservedly won her a best actress Olivier Award this month.

  • Read on for reasons to catch Gough in this West End run

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