PANTOMIME REVIEW: Goldilocks at the Palladium starring Julian Clary and Paul O’Grady

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? London Palladium RUNTIME: 180 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 28/12, runs to 12/1/20

We’ve seen the Palladium pantomime in each of the last four years since it returned to this iconic venue after a break of more than three decades.

  • Read on for reasons including how Clary gently encourages O’Grady to take part again next year

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for January (2020) starring Madonna

  1. Madonna brings Madame X to the London Palladium

2019’s Madame X collection made our Album of 2019 shortlist and was Madonna’s best since 2005’s Confessions. We were at her last London gig at The 02 in 2015 and are looking forward to the shift from arenas to theatres for this 15-gig run. Tickets The tour opened in the US in the autumn and, despite the late starts, promises much. We’re just glad we don’t have to be up early after what is shaping up to be a late night albeit in thrall to the Queen of Pop.

  • Read on for reasons including new Pet Shop Boys album, Richard Armitage’s West End return and VAULT Festival

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TOP 6: Best read monstagigz content of 2019 starring Sheridan Smith

  1. When Sheridan Smith stole the show in Joseph at the Palladium 

Thank you to our tens of thousands of readers who drove up our traffic by more than 12 per cent in 2019 and welcome to a top six of the most popular content of the year.

Sheridan Smith won our Best Theatre Actress monsta in 2015 and here stole the show in Lloyd Webber’s Palladium revival of one of his biggest hits. We said in our review: ‘We know we’re in safe hands when the always reliable Sheridan Smith channels Eric Morecambe from behind a fake moustache, confiding to the audience: ‘It’s still me.’ It was such a success that it returns to the Palladium for a second run next summer. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including what Carrie Hope Fletcher did next and the return of Dame Maggie Smith

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for October 2019 starring Shakespears Sister

  1. Shakespears Sister Ride Again tour saddles up at the Palladium

This unlikely reunion may have been over a quarter of a century in the making but Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit have released three excellent, different yet complementary singles this year already, winning both our Song and Albums of the month. The 14-date UK reunion tour kicks off rather appropriately on Halloween and we join the band at the Palladium on Bonfire Night. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Dear Evan Hansen, Lungs, Cher and Mary Poppins

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Singles Party by Shakespears Sister (July 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: Break My Heart; Heroine; You’re History; Run Silent; Dirty Mind; Stay; I Don’t Care; Goodbye Cruel World; Hello; My 16th Apology; I Can Drive; Bitter Pill; Pulsatron; Bad Blood; It’s A Trip; All The Queen’s Horses; C U Next Tuesday; Stay (Acoustic)

In their heyday Shakespears Sister supported Prince and headlined Glastonbury but their 15 minutes of fame was over far too early.

  • Read on for reasons including where to hear new songs All The Queen’s Horses and C U Next Tuesday

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THEATRE REVIEW: Snow White starring Julian Clary, Dawn French & Charlie Stemp at the Palladium

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Palladium RUN TIME: 2 hours and 45 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 9/12/18 (matinee), press night 12/12/18, runs to 13/1/19

This year this annual pantomime extravaganza at London’s iconic Palladium won the Best Entertainment and Family Olivier Award.

  • Read on for reasons including how king of innuendo Julian Clary is once again the show’s star

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

  1. Julian Clary & Dawn French star in Snow White at the Palladium

This is only the 3rd year of the Olivier Award-winning annual family pantomime at the Palladium but already it’s a staple in our Christmas must-do list – and we’re bringing the relations. Clary has found his niche and here’s what we thought about his show stopping turn in its 2016 and 2017 incarnation. Former Vicar Of Dibley French should make an interesting comic foil. Runs 8/12 through 13/1/19. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Take That, Rocky Horror Show, Claire Richards and the monstas

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GIG REVIEW: Alison Moyet

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Palladium

WHEN: 15/11, tour runs to 20/12

SETLIST: April 10th; I Germinate; When I Was Your Girl; Wishing You Were Here; Nobody’s Diary; Ski; Beautiful Gun; Only You; The English U; Changeling; All Cried Out; The Man In The Wings; Other; The Rarest Birds; Alive; Situation; Love Resurrection; Whispering Your Name; Don’t Go

‘Here’s a song I wrote 40 years ago – when I was 16,’ Moyet is introducing Yazoo classic Nobody’s Diary during the most hits set we’ve ever seen her perform – and we’ve seen a few.

  • Read on for reasons including which TV star was in the front row of the Royal Circle in front of us

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