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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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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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