THEATRE REVIEW: Dark Sublime starring Marina Sirtis at Trafalgar Studios 2

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? RUNTIME: 160 minutes (including 20-minute interval) (press ticket)

WHEN? 4/7 (matinee) runs to 3/8/19

Sirtis is best known for appearing as Counselor Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation until 2002 and so her starring role here, as a former sci-fi actress tracked down by a fan, is a casting triumph as well as being a brave role for her to play.

  • Read on for reasons including how Mark Gatiss appears during this original play

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THEATRE REVIEW: Admissions starring Alex Kingston at Trafalgar Studios

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Trafalgar Studios RUNTIME: 100 minutes (without interval)

WHEN? 23/3, runs to 25/5 and then tours UK until 22/6/19

A scorecard encouraging the audience to ‘Check your privilege’ is handed out by theatre staff at the show’s close.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Coming Clean at Trafalgar Studios 2

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Trafalgar Studios 2 RUN TIME: 115 minutes (including interval)

WHEN?: 9/1/19, press night 11/1 runs to 2/2/19

Coming Clean is the 1st play by author Kevin Elyot who is probably best known for My Night With Reg which won many awards including the 1995 Olivier for Best Comedy.

  • Read on for reasons including how actor Elyot was encouraged to write his 1st play at Bush Theatre

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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Best New Play of the year: 2018

It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2018? Over the next month 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 New Play of the year. 2017 winner: The Ferryman (Royal Court, then Gielgud Theatre)

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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Best Theatre Actor of the year: 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 Theatre Actor of the year. 2017 winner: Andrew Scott in Hamlet at the Almeida

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THEATRE REVIEW: Nine Night at Trafalgar Studios

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Trafalgar Studios RUN TIME: 105 minutes (usually, with no interval)

WHEN?: 10/12 (press ticket) runs to 23/2/19

They say the show must go on but it doesn’t always and it didn’t the last time we saw a cast member taken ill during a performance.

  • Read on for reasons including how understudy Jade Hackett deservedly won a standing ovation at the show’s close

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THEATRE REVIEW: Misty starring Arinzé Kene at the Trafalgar Studios

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN?: 13/9 (press ticket), runs to 20/10 RUNTIME: 2 hours (including interval)

NOTE: now extended until 17/11/18

We shortlisted half a dozen Best New Plays of the year in June and 2, including this 1, make their West End bows this month.

  • Read on for reasons including why Misty works in its new West End home

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

  1. Young Frankenstein re-animates the Garrick

The Garrick Theatre had some success earlier this year with Griff Rhys Jones/Lee Mack comedy The Miser and this musical re-working of the Mel Brooks classic looks like it will be puttin’ on the Ritz with a cast including Ross Noble (see above) and Lesley Joseph. Runs 28/9 to February 2018. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Sir Ian McKellen, new Hurts and Strictly Comes Dancing does Annie

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THEATRE REVIEW: Apologia starring Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman and Laura Carmichael

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN: 29/7 runs through 18/11

Apologia means a formal defence of a position or action and it’s a well-chosen title for this thoughtful reflection on whether acting for the greater good can excuse parental neglect.

  • Read on for reasons including why Channing won a standing ovation at her 1st preview

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