AWARDS SHORTLIST: MONSTAS: Best Venue of 2020

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2020? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 14 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2020.

  • Read on for 5 nominees for the monsta for best venue of the year. 2019 winner: The Old Vic , 2018: Bush Theatre

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THEATRE REVIEW: Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre RUNTIME: 90 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 16/8/20 (matinee), until 27/9/20

The simple fact that this concert version of this venue’s award-winning production has made it back to the stage at all when most theatres have been closed since March is reason enough to celebrate.

  • Read on for reasons including how we saw Pepe Nufrio (pictured) and Ricardo Afonso in the lead roles

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for August 2020 starring Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert

  1. Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Outdoor theatre is back at one of our favourite venues, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, with 70 performances from 14/8/20 of a concert version of one of the shows most successfully staged there. Tyrone Huntley (pictured above, Leave To Remain and The View UpStairs) joins the cast and was nominated for an Olivier for a previous production of the show at this venue. We’ll be reporting from the previews about what the experience is like. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Juliet Stevenson at the Donmar, Andrew Scott at the Old Vic and an album by Declan McKenna

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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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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best performance of a song in 2018 so far

We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. Tight Connection To My Heart by Sheila Atim from Girl From The North Country is the previous winner in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 performances of a song of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year

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THEATRE REVIEW: Little Shop Of Horrors starring Vicky Vox, Jemima Rooper, Marc Antolin & Matt Willis at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

WHEN: 4/8, press night 10/8, runs to 25/8/18 NOTE: Extended to 22/9/18

RUNTIME: 2 hours and 5 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Drag queen Vicky Vox (pictured above) makes her theatrical debut here as the voice of the mysterious plant named Audrey II which is hungry for blood at the heart of this fun-packed musical revival.

  • Read on for reasons including how Julian Clary and Strictly‘s Ian Waite featured

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