THEATRE REVIEW: Death Of A Salesman starring Sharon D. Clarke & Arinze Kene at the Young Vic

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Young Vic RUNTIME: 185 minutes (including a 15-minute interval)

WHEN? 3/5, press night 9/5, runs to 29/6/19 (now extended to 13/7)

We were at the Royal Albert Hall last month for the Olivier Awards and the prize we were most pleased to see received was Sharon D. Clarke’s for Best Actress In A Musical and, as if to prove it, her performance of Lot’s Wife from Caroline, Or Change stole the show.

  • Read on for reasons including how this production emphasises the mental health element of the classic play

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

  1. Death Of A Salesman starring Sharon D.Clarke and Arinze Kene

D. Clarke (pictured 2nd from right, top) won our Best Actress monsta last year as well as the Olivier for Best Actress In A Musical for her star turn in Caroline, Or Change and is here directed by Marianne Elliott (pictured left in video, hot from Company) and appears alongside Arinze Kene (winner of our Best Actor monsta for Misty and far left in the picture). Their revival of the Arthur Miller classic runs 1/5 through 29/6 at the Young Vic. ReviewTickets

  • Read on for reasons including Madonna, Eurovision, Anne-Marie Duff, Faye Tozer and Oti Mabuse

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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Best Performance of a song: 2018

It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2018? Over the next week we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 14 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2018.

  • Read on for nominees for the monsta for Best Performance of a song. 2017 winner: Tight Connection To My Heart by Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country, Old Vic)

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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: Caroline, Or Change starring Sharon D. Clarke

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE: Hampstead Theatre

WHEN: 16/3, press night 19/3 runs to 21/4/18

UPDATE: Transfers to the Playhouse 20/11 to 6/4/19. Tickets

The original UK production of this Broadway hit won a Best New Musical Olivier Award and this revival transfers from Chichester where it earned much acclaim last year.

  • Read on for reasons including details of how to buy tickets for its West End transfer

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

  1. Caroline, or Change at the Hampstead Theatre

Two highlights for us of last year were the National Theatre’s production of Angels In America by Tony Kushner and Sharon D. Clarke in musical The Life at Southwark Playhouse. This year D. Clarke is in Kushner’s musical Caroline, Or Change set in Louisiana in 1963 which runs 12/3 to 21/4 at Hampstead Theatre. Transferred from Chichester’s Festival Theatre. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Will Young, Strictly Ballroom, Sigrid and Vanessa Redgrave

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Life starring Sharon D. Clarke

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Southwark Playhouse

WHEN: 1/4 (matinee), runs to 29/4

We loved Cy Coleman’s score for film noir musical City Of Angels at the Donmar and so had to see his show about 80s New York prostitutes starring one of our favourite actresses, Sharon D. Clarke (pictured second from left above).

  • Read on for reasons including what a dynamic intimate theatrical space this is

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