monstagigz readers have been voting throughout December for their favourite pop, theatre, TV, film and podcasts of 2021 from our shortlists. Read on for details of our 2021 monstas winners …Read More
It’s been quite the year, it’s nearing Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2021? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 15 categories for our 7th annual Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.
- Read on for the nominees for the monsta for Best Podcast of 2021 This is a new category for this year
- Saoirse Ronan makes London stage debut
Ronan is an Irish/American actress who starred opposite Kate Winslet and James McArdle (Angels In America, National Theatre) in film Ammonite earlier this year. She’s been shortlisted for an Oscar 4 times (including for 3 of our favourite films Brooklyn, Lady Bird and Little Women) and makes her London stage debut this month at the Almeida opposite McArdle again in The Tragedy Of Macbeth which runs 1 October to 20 November 2021. Review Tickets
- Read on for reasons including Stockard Channing, The Blow Monkeys’ tour and new Bob Marley musical
WHEN?: Friday 8 October 2021
WHERE?: Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London
Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli could only finish 8th in 2021’s Melodifestivalen but she is our pick of the bunch to win next month’s coveted Second Cherry.
- Read on for reasons including KEiiNO, La Rappresentate di Lista and Suured tüdrukud
WHEN?: 7/11/20 UPDATE: England’s second lockdown means the RVT show is cancelled but there will be an online show 14/11/20
WHERE?: Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London, and online
Former Melodifestivalen winner Anna Bergendahl (pictured above) is arguably the biggest name in November’s Second Cherry 2020 song contest which concludes, fingers crossed, with a live event in London next weekend.
- Read on for reasons including where our douze points is going and our other highlights
- Eurovision: Come Together airs
BBC Eurovision host Graham Norton (pictured above) won’t be in Rotterdam in the Netherlands on 16/5 when the Eurovision Song Contest was due to take place but UK fans will have a show to watch at 6.30pm – Eurovision: Come Together. The one-off special promises a celebration of the most unforgettable performances in the contest’s 65-year history along with the greatest songs from the modern contest. Read our predictions for who would have qualified from Semi 1, Semi 2 and how the pre-qualified finalists would have done.
- Read on for reasons including Leave A Light On, Eurovision Again, KEiiNO album and Second Cherry return
- James McAvoy stars in Cyrano de Bergerac in the West End
McAvoy won our inaugural Best Theatre Actor monsta in 2015 for The Ruling Class and reunites with director Jamie Lloyd for this take on Cyrano de Bergerac running at the Playhouse 27/11 through 29/2/20. Tickets McAvoy also stars in BBC1’s His Dark Materials from 3/11/19 and you can read our Q&A with cast and author.
- Read on for reasons including & Juliet, Alphabeat, Ella Henderson and Greenwich pantomime