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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

David Benedict: Awards should bring in experts to illuminate the judges’ decisions by David Benedict

Anyone lucky enough to have seen Ian Rickson’s magnetic recent production of Duncan Macmillan’s version of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm at the Duke of

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

David Benedict: Hal Prince was a theatre visionary when a producer really produced by David Benedict

Long before the current row about the Society of London Theatre possibly limiting the number of producers eligible for Olivier award statuettes,

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

David Benedict: Star wars – why ratings should be banned from theatre reviews by David Benedict

At the risk of appearing pernickety (or, intriguingly, for American readers, persnickety) there are theatreland words and phrases I truly loathe. Jostling

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

David Benedict: Tabby or not tabby – Cats trailer shows film lacks theatrical touch by David Benedict

“Everybody’s pickin’ up on that feline beat.” That was Floyd Huddleston and Al Rinker’s thinking in 1970 when they wrote the line

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

David Benedict: Les Mis is not the only classic show to beat the vicissitudes of time by David Benedict

Regrets, as Frank Sinatra was given to singing, I’ve had a few, but then again is missing the musical Time among them?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

David Benedict: It’s not just shows, theatres thrive on imaginative reworkings too by David Benedict

While some musical theatre aficionados, myself included, know more than our fair share about queens, we know rather less about the Queen’s.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

West End musician Mike Davis: ‘In a theatre pit, virtually every player is a soloist’ by David Benedict

Multi-instrumentalist Mike Davis has played for shows from Follies and Gypsy to Grease and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. He tells David Benedict

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

David Benedict: Is gender-fluid casting finally going mainstream? by David Benedict

“Never does one understand so well the failure of women in art as when one sees them deliberately impersonating men upon the

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

David Benedict: When it comes to musicals, the place is the thing by David Benedict

Over an eye-widening 32 seasons, Kirstie and Phil have consistently reminded us of the importance of location, location, location. What they have

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

David Benedict: What’s in name? The key to a box office hit… by David Benedict

It was songwriter Irving Berlin who, in 1946 for his Annie Get Your Gun, taught the world that: “There’s no business like

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

David Benedict: Going back in time is a complicated business by David Benedict

When someone buys me a theatrical time machine, the first place I shall travel to will be the opening of Harold Pinter’s

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

David Benedict: Downton Abbey effect shows the highs and lows of star casting by David Benedict

Theatre, in days gone by, made its own stars. Neon lights shone with the names of actors whose careers had been made

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

David Benedict: Theatre loves nothing more than a discovery – unless it’s a rediscovery by David Benedict

“Ladies, this is your final call.” Emilia, the rumbustious, fiercely feminist biographical drama of Shakespeare’s ‘dark lady of the sonnets’, closes on

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

David Benedict: What makes a good musical? The book, the book, the book by David Benedict

Musical theatre quiz: hands up who knows the names and jobs of Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Hint: their work has been

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

David Benedict: Did Arthur Miller’s Jewish identity inform many of his plays? by David Benedict

“I do not at any point, in any way whatsoever, think of myself as a Jewish writer, except that I happen to

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

David Benedict: Musicals need great singers far more than they need stars by David Benedict

I’m guessing that not many of you know the name Ervin Drake, but he wrote Frank Sinatra’s regretful hit It Was a

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

David Benedict: Did Three Sisters suffer from the critical hangover effect? by David Benedict

I’ve always considered it a shame that although one can emerge from the theatre disappointed, in the opposite circumstance one cannot say:

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

David Benedict: Theatre should tune into BBC Proms for ways to boost accessibility by David Benedict

I was 11 years old, terrified in a strange building and I blame Antony Hopkins. No, not the one who played Hannibal

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

David Benedict: Form matters as much as content by David Benedict

Nominated for the 1991 Booker prize, Reading Turgenev by the late, great Irish novelist William Trevor lost out to Ben Okri’s The

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

David Benedict: Why is the Oliviers judging process so opaque? by David Benedict

“Who are the judges?” At least three high-profile nominees at Sunday’s Olivier awards asked me that question. They weren’t asking it out

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Top Girls review at National Theatre, London – ‘underpowered revival of Caryl Churchill’s masterpiece’ by David Benedict

“I think the Eighties are going to be stupendous.” That’s the moment when the capital P political dimension of Caryl Churchill’s most

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

David Benedict – ‘I’m with Sondheim – Why can’t they do the last night first?’ by David Benedict

Having caught the Lucinda Coxon adaptation of Harriet Lane’s novel Alys, Always during its final week at London’s Bridge Theatre – reader,

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

David Benedict: Great musicals like Mamma Mia! confound the haters by David Benedict

“I hate musicals, I hate ’em.” So said Richard Hawley in an interview quoted last week on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Caryl Churchill at 80 – celebrating UK theatre’s ‘ultimate playwright’ by David Benedict

Leading theatremakers including Vicky Featherstone, Rufus Norris, Dominic Cooke and Maxine Peake tell David Benedict about the writer’s influence on their work

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

My Name is Lucy Barton, Bridge Theatre, review - Laura Linney is luminous in a flawless production by David Benedict

Stage adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's novel is a one-woman tour de forceIn Harold Pinter’s memory play Old Times, one of the women declares, “There are some things one remembers ev…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Consent, Harold Pinter Theatre review - exhilarating by David Benedict

The stakes are high in the West End transfer of Nina Raine's play about marriage, rape and the law Question: is Consent, transferred from the National to the West End, a sharp-tongued c…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Inheritance, Young Vic review - a long day’s journey into light by David Benedict

One part Angels in America to six parts Howards EndAbout a decade ago, theatre-makers started routinely describing themselves as being in the business of storytelling.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

'Why we understand each other': Peter Gill on The York Realist by David Benedict

The playwright-director reflects on his 1999 play, revived at the Donmar and Sheffield CrucibleFingers on buzzers… Question: What’s the connection between Days of Wine and Roses, Small C…

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'Why we understand each other': Peter Gill on The York Realist by David Benedict

'WHY WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER': Peter Gill on 'The York Realist'The playwright-director reflects on his 2001 play, revived at the Donmar and Sheffield CrucibleFingers on buzzers… Question:…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lady Windermere's Fan, Vaudeville Theatre, review - Wilde abandoned by David Benedict

Jennifer Saunders gets laughs, but Kathy Burke's lamentable production misses the pointImagine, if you will, discovering a ninth-rate old melodrama about upper-class nonsense, hiring a …

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Pinocchio, National Theatre review - boy puppet lifts off, eventually by David Benedict

Look no strings: long-nosed cartoon character is humanised by a magical stagingFrom Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett’s wonderfully nostalgic version of The Wind in the Willows through Cora…

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