All stories by Mark Shenton on BroadwayStars

Monday, February 18, 2019

Come from Away writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein: ‘Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it’s better’ by Mark Shenton

The events of September 11, 2001 shook the world, but had a particular effect on husband and wife Irene Sankoff and David

Linked From The Stage Registration at 07:30AM
Friday, February 15, 2019

Sea Wall/ A Life review at Public Theater, New York – ‘two transfixing performances by Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal’ by Mark Shenton

This double bill allows audiences with the opportunity to see two great actors starring in intimate solo shows by playwrights with which

Linked From The Stage Registration at 06:14AM

Mark Shenton: Theatre should be a phone-free experience and technology can provide the answer by Mark Shenton

These days it is virtually impossible to separate people from their phones. And despite strenuous efforts by theatres that make repeated announcements

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Follies’ Joanna Riding: ‘Imelda Staunton has left big shoes to fill, even if they contained little feet’ by Mark Shenton

As Follies returns to the National Theatre, the Olivier-winning Joanna Riding is taking on the role Imelda Staunton played in the hit

Linked From The Stage Registration at 03:00AM

Mark Shenton: Theatre needs to be inclusive – not exclude certain people from creating or playing certain roles by Mark Shenton

There’s a lot of muddle in the debates around identity politics in theatre, whether of gender, sexuality, race or disability. This can

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Freestyle Love Supreme review at Greenwich House Theatre, New York – ‘an improvised rap show’ by Mark Shenton

Long before In the Heights and Hamilton brought him to international prominence, Lin-Manuel Miranda was a member of the improvisational comedy hip-hop

Linked From The Stage Registration at 09:00PM
Friday, February 8, 2019

Mark Shenton: Female playwrights are finally taking their rightful place in the West End by Mark Shenton

The longest-running play in West End history is written by a woman. The Mousetrap’s late writer Agatha Christie also has a second

Linked From The Stage Registration at 06:08AM

The joys (and some of the pitfalls) of blogging by Mark Shenton

Why I'm going to blog about theatre more.

Linked From shentonstage.com at 05:52AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 06:06AM
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.

Linked From shentonstage.com at 07:25AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 03:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 12:00PM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 07:45AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 12:15PM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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.

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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.

Linked From shentonstage.com at 06:19AM
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.

Linked From shentonstage.com at 01:08PM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 06:47AM

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.

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 06:06AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM
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

Linked From The Stage Registration at 02:00AM

All that Chat

2018-2019 BROADWAY SEASON