Monday, October 5, 2020
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Monday, August 24, 2020

Can we start again, please? by Mark Shenton

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Every day a little death….. by Mark Shenton

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Are West End ticket prices getting too high? by Mark Shenton

Are West End ticket prices out of control?

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Monday, April 1, 2019

The joys (and blues) of last nights by Mark Shenton

How last nights are more celebratory and democratic than first nights in the theatre.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Seeing red on The Color Purple by Mark Shenton

How religious freedoms and freedom of speech are clashing over the casting of the lead in a new regional production of The Color Purple.

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Lost in transatlantic translation? by Mark Shenton

How reviews for Joshua Harmon's Admissions are strikingly different to its press reception in New York.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The triple opening night (and how I managed to get to all three of them) by Mark Shenton

How three shows all opened on Tuesday March 12 -- but I managed to review all three of them.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019
Friday, March 8, 2019

Celebrating women in theatre on International Women’s Day by Mark Shenton

The representation of women in stories told on stage , and/or by women, which I've watched WITH women, are a great way to celebrate International Women's Day.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tartuffe in duplicate… and a critical to-and-fro by Mark Shenton

What happens when a critic not only writes his own version of a Moliere classic -- but then reviews a rival version.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A new beginning and a Twitterversary by Mark Shenton

I step away from my close association with The Stage -- and I celebrate my 10th anniversary on Twitter

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Friday, February 8, 2019

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

Why I'm going to blog about theatre more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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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Sunday, April 12, 2015

By: Billy S by Billy S

I went to see it four times, each time was more enchanting than the last, each show with different nuances. I found it difficult to choose my favourite song: the rousing Everybody Out? The a…

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Friday, April 10, 2015

By: Jacob Bush by Jacob Bush

I really do hope that this show goes on tour. It really should!

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By: Charlotte by Charlotte

I'm glad I'm seeing this before it closes. Though it never really stood out to me early on, I definitely agree we need to support British writing as much as possible.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review: Di and Viv and Rose by Mark Shenton

The three stars beautifully convey their characters' quirks, individuality and hurts with an open-hearted generosity and rapport that makes it entirely captivating.

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Review: The Ruling Class by Mark Shenton

There’s no doubting the boldness of this bonkers play about a special kind of madness, and its alternately outrageous and courageous view of a titled - and heavily entitled - family’s fe…

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Review: The Hard Problem by Mark Shenton

Stoppard, now 77, is still spinning the plates of philosophical enquiry and discourse in the world premiere of his latest play, but it presents hard dramatic, as well as intellectual, proble…

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Review: Taken at Midnight by Mark Shenton

Jonathan Church's production, which originated at Chichester's Minerva Theatre late last year, is a handsome, thoughtful addition to the West End roster. It may sometimes be gruelling to wat…

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

London First Nights by Mark Shenton

Theatre Preview Date Opening Date Show Summary Buy Tickets Arts 17/07/2015 22/07/2015 American Idiot Buy Ticket Shakespeare's Globe 11/07/2015 22/07/2015 Richard II Buy Ticket Almeida…

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: The Railway Children by Mark Shenton

This is no circus, but a massive barn-like structure big enough to accommodate a real-life train engine and a carriage.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Review: Wicked by Mark Shenton

An autumn rich in musicals in the West End may yet bring better ones, but it’ll be difficult to find a more eye-poppingly lavish show anywhere than Wicked. And a musical about the castings…

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