AWARDS SHORTLIST: Best New Musical of 2021

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost 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 Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Frozen starring Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHEN?: Saturday 29 August, opens 8 September, booking to 26 June 2022 RUNNING TIME: 150 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

This theatre version of the beloved 2013 Disney computer-animated film boasts a series of visual tricks that are so impressive that we’ve never seen anything like them achieved onstage before.

  • Read on for reasons including how stars Barks and McKeon provide a believable frisson as sisters Anna and Elsa
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THEATRE REVIEW: 42nd Street starring Sheena Easton

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Theatre Royal Drury Lane

WHEN: 25/3, runs to 22/7

33 years ago teenager Catherine Zeta-Jones was promoted from the chorus line to leading lady on this stage when the actress playing Peggy Sawyer in the Olivier Award-winning Broadway transfer fell ill.

  • Read on for reasons including details of Sheena Easton’s West End debut

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