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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mark Shenton: When regular theatregoers feel unwelcome, is West End audience behaviour getting out of hand? by Mark Shenton

Jukebox musicals have become one of the most familiar and popular forms of musical theatre. Producers love them, because they have a

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Monday, February 4, 2019

The ever-present dangers of social media by Mark Shenton

As another artistic director falls prey to the Twitter mob, I review my own relationship with the medium.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Mark Shenton: Awards are at their best when they celebrate unsung heroes and promote diversity by Mark Shenton

We are in the middle, once again, of the theatre awards season: last Friday this publication held its own annual The Stage

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Mark Shenton: Controversy can bring in punters, but it can also derail a show by Mark Shenton

Theatre all too often generates headlines only when it acts controversially, or badly. The daily business of theatrical excellence tends to be

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Layton Williams: ‘I came to slay. I’ve got what you want or I wouldn’t be here’ by Mark Shenton

Layton Williams had two West End roles under his belt by the age of 14 in Thriller Live and Billy Elliot. Now

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Monday, January 28, 2019

9 to 5 the Musical choreographer Lisa Stevens: ‘I’ve had a few knock-downs, but I love what I do’ by Mark Shenton

Making her solo West End debut with the stage version of 9 to 5 the Musical, the award-winning choreographer’s star continues to

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Mark Shenton: Cast and crew suffer when tours like To Kill a Mockingbird are axed by Mark Shenton

Sometimes shows collapse. This can happen before performances even begin (as with the planned arena tour production of Heaven on Earth in

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mark Shenton: God, guano and ghosts – the odd, salutary tales of backing a theatre show by Mark Shenton

Last year, the London production of Les Miserables distributed a further 280% return of profit, giving investors a total return of over

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Notre Dame de Paris: How a spectacular French show chimed with global audiences by Mark Shenton

As the epic musical adaptation of Notre Dame de Paris returns to London for the first time in nearly two decades, actors

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Mark Shenton: Is it wrong to stage a (nearly) all-male play? by Mark Shenton

We go to the theatre partly to see ourselves: to see our own lives and experiences reflected back to us. But we

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Mark Shenton: ‘Theatre shouldn’t be preserved in aspic – even Les Miserables’ by Mark Shenton

The oldest surviving Greek play, Aschylus’ The Persians, was first performed in 472 BC. Though it continues to be performed to this

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Monday, January 14, 2019

What’s in store for Broadway (and beyond) in 2019? by Mark Shenton

From a host of London transfers including The Ferryman and Ink to musicals Moulin Rouge! and Beetlejuice, our New York critic Mark

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Mark Shenton: It’s crucial for critics to get out of London and explore the riches of British theatre by Mark Shenton

It is a critical duty – but also a rich personal pleasure – to get out of London. Living in the heart

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mark Shenton: New leaders will usher in an era of change in 2019 by Mark Shenton

The publication of The Stage 100 last week provided an opportunity to consider the changing nature of artistic influence in British theatre.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Mark Shenton: Bricks and mortar still dominate British theatre and The Stage 100 by Mark Shenton

For all that both National Theatre of Scotland and National Theatre Wales both eschew the idea of being tied to a single

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

What I’m looking forward to in 2019: London, fringe, regional and Broadway (on and off) by Mark Shenton

Shows to look forward to in 2019, from the West End and Broadway to regional theatre in the UK and fringe.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Year in Brief: 2018 in review(s) by Mark Shenton

Some of the shows I missed in 2018 -- and some of the shows I loved.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

The Rocky Horror Show review at Theatre Royal, Brighton – ‘fast, fresh and funny’ by Mark Shenton

Forty five years on from its premiere at the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs, The Rocky Horror Show isn’t the radical beast it

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Mark Shenton: Presenting the Shentons, my personal picks of 2018 by Mark Shenton

It’s that time of year when critics trawl through their memory banks and choose their best (and sometimes worst) of the year.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mark Shenton: Mary Poppins shows film and theatre’s symbiotic relationship by Mark Shenton

The commercial theatre in London and New York seems to have become increasingly dependent on bringing Hollywood to the stage, both in

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Christmas Carol review at Lyceum Theatre, London – ‘ravishingly played and luxuriously cast’ by Mark Shenton

This musical version of Charles Dickens’ festive fable premiered at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1994, where it ran every Christmas

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Mark Shenton: My new discoveries and neglected old haunts for 2018 by Mark Shenton

Around this time of year, when critics start compiling their best of the year lists and then thinking about their resolutions for

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mark Shenton: The truth is, there is no formula to manufacture event theatre by Mark Shenton

It would be great if theatre could be a habit, but for most people it is actually an occasion. That’s partly a

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Mark Shenton: My pantomime wish list by Mark Shenton

With Clive Rowe back at Hackney, Julian Clary in his third consecutive year at the Palladium and Berwick Kaler in his 40th

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Network review at Belasco Theatre, New York – ‘Thrillingly inventive and chillingly prescient’ by Mark Shenton

The transfer of Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of the 1976 film Network, first seen at London’s National Theatre last year, should fit

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mark Shenton: With West End ticket prices rising, are cinema screenings the answer to improve access? by Mark Shenton

Accessibility is theatre’s greatest challenge. Since it happens at a specific time and place, it usually requires its audience to be there,

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Monday, December 3, 2018

How to transfer a hit UK show to New York, America’s theatre capital by Mark Shenton

From two-handers spawned above London pubs and subsidised productions to West End commercial hits, there are many different routes a show can

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Mark Shenton: Who are our biggest theatre stars today? by Mark Shenton

Star casting, especially in the West End, is standard practice: putting a ‘name’ above the title is perceived to be good for

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mark Shenton: To pee or not to pee – it’s a relief to see some venues adding more loos by Mark Shenton

“The ladies are about to storm the men’s loos. They can’t manage to have a drink and a waz at half time,”

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Exclusive interview with Julian Clary: ‘I don’t like Christmas – panto’s the perfect excuse to avoid parties’ by Mark Shenton

For more than 30 years, the comedian has entertained stage and TV audiences with innuendo-stuffed repartee and outrageously camp jibes. As he

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