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That was November in London theatre land

Theatre hottie and girl crush of the month - bumper October and November edition

Holidays got in the way of me posting October's theatre hottie and girl crush so I decided to package up it up with November into a bumper edition - see it as an early Christmas present.


Theatre hottie: This was a tough one, because it was a month where the suave, sophisticated and hot Mark Strong was on stage in The Red Barn at the National, although he did keep his shirt on. But he was just pipped at the post by Jack Derges as 'The Cowboy' in The Boys in the Band. I might have giggled like a 14-year-old when he first stepped on stage looking like this. Certainly, there was a knowing look that passed between PolyG and I. It must have been such hard work for Mark Gatiss. What can I say, I'm shallow.

Mark Gatiss and Jack Derges in The Boys In The Band, Park Theatre. Photo Darren Bell

The Boys in the Band is transferring to the Vaudeville Theatre for a two week run in February.

Girl crush: Mark Strong may have lost out in the hottie competition but his co-star Elizabeth Debicki wins girl crush of the month. She was beautiful, intelligent, talented, mysterious and just oh so elegant - even in a jumper and slacks.
Elizabeth Debicki in The Red Barn, National Theatre. Photo Tristram Kenton


Theatre hottie I got to see this theatre hottie twice in the same month, in two different plays - King Lear and Cymberline - playing two very different characters which helped cement his place at the top. It's Oliver Johnstone who might be the new Alex Hassell at the RSC.

Oliver Johnstone in Cymberline. Photo by Ellie Kurttz for the RSC

Cymberline and King Lear are currently in rep at the Barbican until Dec 23. For more details head to the Barbican Theatre website.

Girl crush This goes to a long time favourite of mine, Tamsin Greig. I've loved her since she played Fran in the comedy series Black Books and try to see her whenever she's on stage. She gets the girl crush nod for her stint in iHo at Hampstead Theatre which has now finished its run but she'll next be seen playing Malvolia in Twelfth Night at the National Theatre (already love her look in the promo shot).

Here she is in rehearsals for iHo (and more cast rehearsal pics here):

Tamsin Greig during iHo rehearsals. Photo Ellie Kurttz

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