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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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Friday, November 16, 2018

The Prom review at Longacre Theatre, New York – ‘joyous and affectionate’ by Mark Shenton

Casey Nicholaw is currently Broadway’s most prolific director/choreographer. He adds a fourth title to his portfolio with this joyously affectionate musical. Like

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Mark Shenton: How far should producers be allowed to twist reviews in publicity material? by Mark Shenton

We critics have long accepted our role in the forever-hungry theatre publicity machine. In return for the access we are (mostly) freely

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mark Shenton: Ian McKellen’s tour is a statement of intent for regional theatre by Mark Shenton

Ian McKellen, who has recently completed a West End run in the titanic role of King Lear and is approaching his 80th

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hadestown star Patrick Page: ‘I learned how to speak verse by listening to Olivier and Gielgud’ by Mark Shenton

One of Broadway’s leading men, with a CV ranging from Shakespeare to The Lion King, Patrick Page is making his UK stage

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Monday, November 12, 2018

The week in brief (w/e November 11) by Mark Shenton

News and reviews from London and Broadway, plus interviews and tweets of the week.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Mark Shenton: Sheridan Smith’s honesty reflects how theatre is addressing mental health issues by Mark Shenton

In two recent interviews, musical theatre star Sheridan Smith has been very frank and revealing about her own mental health issues –

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Mark Shenton: Theatre has been at the forefront of bringing gay culture into the mainstream by Mark Shenton

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall – the famous Greenwich Village pub riot in New York that sparked the birth

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Mark Shenton rounds up news, reviews, interviews & controversies from London, New York & beyond by Mark Shenton

Mark Shenton offers reviews, news, interviews and tweets of the week from the West End, Broadway and beyond.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

American Son starring Kerry Washington review at Booth Theatre, New York – ‘gripping and impassioned’ by Mark Shenton

The timing could not be more apt for a Broadway theatre to offer a play that puts race at its centre. This

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Torch Song review at Helen Hayes Theatre, New York – ‘a stirring revival’ by Mark Shenton

Thirty-six years since its Broadway debut, Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song returns to its original home, now owned and operated by Second Stage

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Mark Shenton: Critical disagreement can be a very very very healthy thing by Mark Shenton

Critics have their opinions, but ultimately, it’s always the reader who decides whether or not to act on them. That decision may

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mark Shenton: Classic plays have long been reinvented, now it’s musicals’ turn by Mark Shenton

New work is the lifeblood of theatre, pushing our perceptions of the world in new directions and telling us fresh stories. But

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Mark Shenton takes a looks at the thumbs up & down reviews in the West End, plus news from Broadway & beyond by Mark Shenton

Mark Shenton’s news, reviews, quotes, tweets and farewells of the week, from the West End, Broadway and beyond.

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Mark Shenton: What do my top 50 musical songs tell us about the art form (and me)? by Mark Shenton

In Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Ko-Ko sings: “I’ve got a little list/Of society offenders/Who might well be underground/And never would be

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Meet Eddie Perfect, the man from Melbourne making monster musicals in America by Mark Shenton

Despite his high profile at home, the composer has been largely unknown outside his native Australia – until now. He talks to

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Mark Shenton’s top 50 musical theatre songs: 10 to 1 by Mark Shenton

Here it is: the top 10. Broadway critic and resident musical theatre expert Mark Shenton selects his favourite songs in the history

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Waverly Gallery review at Golden Theatre, New York – ‘poignant and deeply human’ by Mark Shenton

Comedy and writing legend Elaine May, now 85, returns to Broadway for the first time in well over half a century to

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Mark Shenton: For once, the play’s the thing on Broadway by Mark Shenton

In the usual run of things, Broadway specialises in musicals and London in plays. The typical transatlantic traffic between these two world

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mark Shenton views the week of news in the West End & Broadway including a trio of much-anticipated London openings by Mark Shenton

A big week in London theatre, with three of the most anticipated openings of the autumn: Marianne Elliott’s new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1970 musical Company, Ma…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Ferryman review at Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York – ‘tender and ferocious’ by Mark Shenton

Over 20 plays have already been announced to open on Broadway this season, but there’s unlikely to be a family drama teeming

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Mark Shenton’s top 50 musical theatre songs: 20 to 11 by Mark Shenton

Things are starting to get serious as our associate editor, Broadway critic and resident musical theatre expert Mark Shenton counts down his

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