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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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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Richard Jordan: Company revival shows how respectfully updating the classics can bring great rewards by Richard Jordan

One of the most remarkable moments watching the current West End revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company is how,

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Richard Jordan: Theatres mustn’t give the cold shoulder to fans at the stage door by Richard Jordan

Over the past month I’ve seen fans waiting at theatre stage doors with very different results. The first was at the Duke

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Richard Jordan: After collapse of Ambassadors deal, Cameron Mackintosh should return to the scene of his first flop by Richard Jordan

Cameron Mackintosh’s greatest legacy may not, ultimately, be the many composers he has championed but instead perhaps the West End theatres he

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Producer Richard Jordan: How you close a show is as important as how you open it by Richard Jordan

After writing about two new musicals that have become theatrical success stories – Six and Be More Chill – I wanted to

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Richard Jordan: Shows like Six and Be More Chill prove good old-fashioned producing is alive in the digital age by Richard Jordan

This year, there have been two slow-burn musical success stories on either side of the Atlantic. In the UK, Toby Marlow and Lucy

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Richard Jordan: The Norfolk Arts Awards show the importance of celebrating regional talent by Richard Jordan

Two weeks ago, I was at Norwich Cathedral for the seventh annual Norfolk Arts Awards. Norfolk is where I grew up and attending performances

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Richard Jordan: Broadway’s season of homegrown new musicals is uninspiring, but are things worse in the West End? by Richard Jordan

If you are a canny independent producer with a new commercial musical up your sleeve, maybe this is the year to put it

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Richard Jordan: When it comes to powerful theatre it’s good to talk face-to-face by Richard Jordan

“For show freaks, this has been a night unlike any other,” starts a particularly memorable paragraph in Ken Mandelbaum’s terrific book Not Since

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Richard Jordan: 10 questions Ticketmaster must answer about its ‘buy now, pay later’ Broadway scheme by Richard Jordan

Last week, global ticketing agency Ticketmaster launched its new FlexPay plan in the US. It will allow customers to buy tickets to

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Richard Jordan: Little Shop of Horrors offers an important lesson for producing musical revivals by Richard Jordan

There is much pleasure to be had in rediscovering a show, an experience I recently had at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s revival

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Richard Jordan: We need to judge musicals on their own terms not against the classics by Richard Jordan

For whatever reason, some musical theatre shows are virtually written off before they have even opened. It can’t be because the premise

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Richard Jordan: TV should think twice about its thirst for real-life panto villains by Richard Jordan

During recent weeks, it has seemed that the drama broadcast by television networks has often had little to do with new writing but

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Richard Jordan: Epic stagings mean big challenges for a producer by Richard Jordan

It was the late, great theatre maverick, mischief-maker and showman Ken Campbell who used to say that a play should be either less

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Richard Jordan: Does being ‘on theme’ at a fringe festival help or hinder a new work? by Richard Jordan

Next month it will be a year since The New York Times broke the news story about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. It exposed a toxic

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Richard Jordan: Stepping in to save the day at the NT shows Rufus Norris is a company man at heart by Richard Jordan

What happens when the leading man in a play at your theatre, which has no understudies, has to go to the hospital

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Richard Jordan: Don’t lose heart – Edinburgh can be just the start of a show’s journey by Richard Jordan

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe ended on Monday and, as it all packs up for another year, a question has been nagging me.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Richard Jordan: Why does it feel as if nobody has lit the fringe fuse in Edinburgh this year? by Richard Jordan

We’re entering the final days of the Edinburgh Fringe, but where’s the buzz? This fringe has seen no shortage of quality – especially in new writing. Neither has there been

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Richard Jordan: Forget Dannii Minogue as Lady Macbeth, the fringe offers established stars a platform for reinvention by Richard Jordan

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe may once have been considered a rite of passage, where many of today’s leading performers cut their teeth and before

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Richard Jordan: More previews would better support new work at Edinburgh Fringe by Richard Jordan

The Edinburgh Fringe officially began last Friday. I love the last few days before the opening each year – there is a

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Richard Jordan: Reality TV tests the entertainment industry’s commitment to mental health by Richard Jordan

The entertainment industry has been raising awareness of the issue of mental health among its workforce of late. Does it not also

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Richard Jordan: Hail to the understudy who didn’t make the headlines but painted the role red by Richard Jordan

When John Logan’s play Red ends its West End revival this Saturday, audiences will remember Alfreds Molina and Enoch for their star turns in the

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Richard Jordan: Are classics becoming unstageable because of changing values? by Richard Jordan

Have we got to the point where some theatre classics are unstageable, or at least only stageable with significant editing? A few

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