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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Richard Jordan: It’s time theatres started showing singletons love again by Richard Jordan

“To Frank and Alex… at last, people are holding hands in the theatre again! All my love, David Merrick.” This was the

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Richard Jordan: What does coronavirus mean for the theatre industry? by Richard Jordan

The past week has been dramatic as the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global health emergency. In London, anxiety around it

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Richard Jordan: Audiences decide which shows are events, not their marketing campaigns by Richard Jordan

In January, it’s difficult not to be overwhelmed by the sheer weight of adverts – whether on posters, in newspapers, or bursting

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Richard Jordan: Cynthia Erivo’s success shows that in theatre you never know what’s around the corner by Richard Jordan

Six years ago, British actor Cynthia Erivo was starring in I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium. The comedy musical based on

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Richard Jordan: To keep great memories of theatre alive stay off your phones by Richard Jordan

David Byrne made an announcement to the audience before his Broadway show, American Utopia. He told them that he believed they would

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Richard Jordan: The Cats movie may have bombed but it was an ambitious attempt to film the musical by Richard Jordan

It is less than a month since the movie adaptation of Cats opened in the UK. Getting the original West End stage musical on in 1981

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Richard Jordan: Why 2019 was the year of the ensemble by Richard Jordan

It may not go down as a vintage year in British theatre, but it would be wrong to simply write-off 2019. When there aren’t productions

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Richard Jordan: Broadway has found an edge with back-catalogue musicals, but where’s the new work? by Richard Jordan

“Because we can, can, can…” master of ceremonies Zidler sings to his audience in the hit musical Moulin Rouge. It could be

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Richard Jordan: Canada drive – how the country’s embracing of the arts has led to success by Richard Jordan

For enthusiasts of world theatre, the work funded by one country’s arts council will have repeatedly caught the eye in recent years.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Richard Jordan: 10 theatrical things to give thanks for in 2019 by Richard Jordan

Today across the US, friends and families will be gathering around the table to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a time of coming together,

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Richard Jordan: Evita is the greatest musical the UK has ever created by Richard Jordan

Ever felt as if theatre shows are like London buses? You wait around for ages and then three come along at once.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Richard Jordan: Opening a new musical in the West End has never been more risky by Richard Jordan

Just over a week ago, & Juliet began previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Once a major new West End musical would have

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Richard Jordan: The surprise closure of The Man in the White Suit could spell tough times ahead for the West End by Richard Jordan

‘Last money in, first money out’ is a phrase often heard in commercial theatre when producers are struggling to reach the necessary

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Richard Jordan: How dare the tabloids shame an actor for taking a job to make ends meet? by Richard Jordan

A life in the theatre teaches the art of survival. In a career often driven by highs and lows, where fortunes can

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Richard Jordan: This time next year… How to turn a TV sitcom into a theatre goldmine by Richard Jordan

Already one of the hottest West End tickets for next spring is the stage adaptation of the popular BBC2 comedy Upstart Crow.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Richard Jordan: Just like comedy, theatre is all about getting the timing right by Richard Jordan

The past decade has seen the arrival, and extraordinary rise, of a British theatre phenomenon in the form of Mischief Theatre from

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Richard Jordan: Alexander Zeldin is the most exciting director that many haven’t heard of by Richard Jordan

When it comes to theatre’s awards season and best-of-the-year round-ups, I’ll be looking closely to see if Faith, Hope and Charity is included

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Richard Jordan: In defence of ‘The Musical’ – title branding matters by Richard Jordan

Last week, my colleague David Benedict questioned the use of the words ‘the Musical’ as a necessary addition to any musical title

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Richard Jordan: Cats was derided before its stage premiere, will the movie also confound the critics? by Richard Jordan

“No way, this is a total bomb.” “RIP to the dignity of real cats everywhere.” Those two remarks could have been taken from the

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Richard Jordan: Can the arts reunite the country? Maybe panto has the answer by Richard Jordan

During his time as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, Sam Mendes led a number of programming initiatives. The one I felt offered

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Richard Jordan: I dreamed a dream of fantasy-casting my favourite musicals by Richard Jordan

The marketing of Les Misérables the staged concert, which opened last month at London’s Gielgud theatre, describes it as the “dream cast”,

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Richard Jordan: The US respects its rich musical theatre past – Britain should learn from that by Richard Jordan

It’s been a big summer for revivals of classic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musicals in London. Regent Park Open Air

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Richard Jordan: Edinburgh 2019 felt like a damp squib – the fringe needs to remain essential by Richard Jordan

On the first day of the Edinburgh Fringe, I was stopped in the street by Maddie the Fortune Teller Flyerer. She definitely gets

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Richard Jordan: Why the fringe has become a Mecca for reality stars and former celebrities by Richard Jordan

“Nice to see you to see you…nice,” Frank Skinner says as he opens his comedy set at the Edinburgh Fringe. “Well, it’s

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Richard Jordan: Why calling work a ‘great fringe show’ might stunt its progress by Richard Jordan

There’s a line you often hear spoken around Edinburgh at festival time: “It’s a great fringe show.” But while the intention may have been to

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Richard Jordan: Amid all the gloom, #Cheerupcharlie shows the best of theatre by Richard Jordan

It’s not been the brightest few months for the theatre, with stories of aggressive behaviour towards ushers, arguments over rights and two

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Richard Jordan: Capping producers’ Olivier statuettes could drive away theatre investors by Richard Jordan

A few decades ago, investors – or ‘angels’ as they are also known – may have been happy to stay in the shadows. Today, those

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Richard Jordan: Ushers with body cameras? That’s a sorry indictment of today’s society by Richard Jordan

There is a famous theatre story from the time when Blood Brothers was playing in the West End at the Phoenix Theatre.

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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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