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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Richard Jordan: Is the art of subtlety being lost in British musicals? by Richard Jordan

When the curtain came down on Saturday night’s performance of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, it marked the end of an era. London was the

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Richard Jordan: Why three of my greatest nights at the theatre were tribute shows by Richard Jordan

I’ve been to three one-night West End concerts that I will never forget, with each bringing together artists and audiences to celebrate

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Richard Jordan: Theatres should be beacons within their communities by Richard Jordan

In Plymouth, the Theatre Royal has just undergone an impressive refurbishment, culminating in the installation of a 23ft-high statue in front of

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Richard Jordan: Why are audiences fine with classical actors ‘giving it a go’ in musicals? by Richard Jordan

Many classical actors have a long-running fascination with starring in a musical. Producers, theatres and directors also find this idea appealing: the concept

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Richard Jordan: Broadway, predictable? It’s taking more risks than the West End by Richard Jordan

Is Broadway currently more buoyant than the West End? It’s a question posed every year in the post-Tony Awards analysis. Though some

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Richard Jordan: To confound the critics, Mamet’s Bitter Wheat must be exceptional and necessary by Richard Jordan

David Mamet’s controversial new play Bitter Wheat began previews last Friday at the Garrick Theatre. When it was announced, this work described as

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Richard Jordan: With Oklahoma!, ‘director’s theatre’ has come to musicals – should we be worried? by Richard Jordan

There are only two shows nominated for the Tony award for best musical revival this Sunday: Kiss Me, Kate and Oklahoma!. It

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Richard Jordan: How do so many bad musicals get produced? by Richard Jordan

Over dinner last week, a friend asked: “How do so many bad musicals get produced?”. We had been talking about the UK’s

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Richard Jordan: Are ‘influencers’ infiltrating theatre to its detriment? by Richard Jordan

Downloading a press release from a UK theatre PR company’s website recently, I noticed the list of people who could access the publicity material. It

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Richard Jordan: Is it time to reassess one of the most notorious musical failures of all time? by Richard Jordan

Yesterday marked the 31st anniversary of one of the most infamous moments in musical theatre history. On May 15, 1988, the big-budget Broadway

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Richard Jordan: Tony nominations intensify the addictive highs and depressing lows of producing by Richard Jordan

“There’s a moment you know you’re fucked,” runs the lyric in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s 2006 Tony-winning best musical Spring Awakening.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Richard Jordan: London theatre must connect with the rest of the country by Richard Jordan

In the run-up to 29 March – the original date scheduled for the UK to leave Europe – I wrote about being

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Richard Jordan: RSC’s embracing of understudy performances shows it has come a long way by Richard Jordan

One of the greatest pleasures of theatregoing is stumbling upon something unexpected that can blindside you on an idle Friday afternoon. A

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Richard Jordan: I’m gutted the new Evita isn’t a Brit – she could have been the new Elaine Paige by Richard Jordan

After keenly awaiting news of who would play Eva Peron in the forthcoming Regent’s Park Open Air production of Evita, American musical actor Samantha

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Richard Jordan: Oliviers 2019 failed to honour two major performances, it’s time to add a new award by Richard Jordan

Two notable performances were missing from Sunday’s Olivier Awards. The first was that of André De Shields who, for my money, gave

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Richard Jordan: Six’s Olivier nominations are great but will it face a backlash if it wins big? by Richard Jordan

Six is the past year’s UK musical success story. On Sunday night at the Olivier Awards, it is represented with five nominations including the

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Richard Jordan: Theatre has missed a trick on Brexit day but has a vital role to play in the aftermath by Richard Jordan

For more than two years, we have known that March 29, 2019 was the date set for the UK’s departure from Europe. I have watched with

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Richard Jordan: Producers shouldn’t worry about distances and always look to expand their horizons by Richard Jordan

I have been thinking a lot about distances since recently visiting the Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (Pannz) conference and the

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Richard Jordan: The biggest arts events often start with one person with an idea, persistence and skill by Richard Jordan

With the long list of names backing a successful festival, venue or production – whether on the creative teams or providing funding

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Richard Jordan: Producing is the art of putting shows on in the right place at the right time by Richard Jordan

Build a Rocket by Christopher York was my favourite play of 2018. It’s the heartfelt story of teenage, single mum who manages to change

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Richard Jordan: Adelaide offers cities a thrilling model for cultural regeneration by Richard Jordan

People from Adelaide will proudly tell you how they would not let Starbucks get a foothold in their city and, as a

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Richard Jordan: After critical disappointment, where next for the two most hyped shows of 2019? by Richard Jordan

All About Eve and When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other were two of London’s most anticipated plays of 2019, but when it comes

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Richard Jordan: Theatre shouldn’t lose sight of good behaviour in the search for new audiences by Richard Jordan

Two experienced actors currently playing in the West End have responded very differently to breaches of audience etiquette during their shows. Writing

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Richard Jordan: Could Michael Ball be the last household name created on stage? by Richard Jordan

Recently, Stephen Sondheim told an interviewer: “There is not enough time any longer to build stars on Broadway.” He was referring to famous

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Richard Jordan: The West End and Broadway are not crucial to musicals’ success by Richard Jordan

Notre Dame de Paris returned to London this month, and it was interesting to read references in some reviews to the Richard

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Richard Jordan: Has theatre, and its audiences, become oversensitive? by Richard Jordan

A series of separate incidents at the theatre in recent months has left me with the troubling question: is the need to

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Richard Jordan: Les Miserables revolutionised musical theatre – I’ll miss the original version by Richard Jordan

Last week producer Cameron Mackintosh ran adverts for The Phantom of the Opera in the London Evening Standard with an image of the iconic mask

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Richard Jordan: As prices soar, is this generation destroying commercial theatre? by Richard Jordan

At the turn of the century, when Madonna opened in the play Up for Grabs at the Wyndham’s Theatre, a front stalls ticket cost £37.50 – a

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Richard Jordan: The new year is a good time to remember why we work in theatre by Richard Jordan

There are just four more performances of 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. These remaining shows also offer the last chance to visit this

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Richard Jordan: 2018 marked the British Broadway blockbuster while US writers went bold and gritty by Richard Jordan

At the start of the year I was sceptical whether UK theatre could match the excellent new work that emerged in 2017,

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Young people need to be told the real story about careers in the arts by Richard Jordan

Last Sunday, Dalton Harris became the 14th winner of the X-Factor, a victory watched by 5.3 million viewers. This came at the

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