Pick of the Week: by Tom Birchenough
The West End is coming back to life, so fingers crossed for Nimax as it reopens the Apollo Theatre for former NHS doctor Adam Kay with his much-loved show, This Is Going to Hurt – offering balm, we must hope, for a year that certainly has. Further east, the Bridge Theatre closes its series of monologues on a darker note, with Zodwa Nyoni’s Nine Lives reflecting the plight of refugees and asylum seekers.
Sky Atlantic’s The Undoing offers trauma of a different kind, with Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman as a New York couple whose perfect life goes off the rails. This side of the pond, Russell Tovey stars in The Sister, its psychological thrills coming to us nightly next week on ITV.
Seek out the big screen if you can for The Secret Garden, a new adaptation of the children’s classic tended by Colin Firth and Julie Walters. Meanwhile, François Ozon takes us back in time with Summer of 85, moving the action of Aidan Chambers’ 1982 YA novel Dance on My Grave to his side of the Channel.
To close, what could be better than new albums from two enduring heroes, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello? As the days shorten, perhaps only Gigantic Cinema: A Weather Anthology, musings in poetry and prose on the nation’s favourite subject.