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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

David Benedict: What makes a good musical? The book, the book, the book by David Benedict

Musical theatre quiz: hands up who knows the names and jobs of Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Hint: their work has been

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

David Benedict: Did Arthur Miller’s Jewish identity inform many of his plays? by David Benedict

“I do not at any point, in any way whatsoever, think of myself as a Jewish writer, except that I happen to

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

David Benedict: Musicals need great singers far more than they need stars by David Benedict

I’m guessing that not many of you know the name Ervin Drake, but he wrote Frank Sinatra’s regretful hit It Was a

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

David Benedict: Did Three Sisters suffer from the critical hangover effect? by David Benedict

I’ve always considered it a shame that although one can emerge from the theatre disappointed, in the opposite circumstance one cannot say:

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

David Benedict: Theatre should tune into BBC Proms for ways to boost accessibility by David Benedict

I was 11 years old, terrified in a strange building and I blame Antony Hopkins. No, not the one who played Hannibal

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

David Benedict: Form matters as much as content by David Benedict

Nominated for the 1991 Booker prize, Reading Turgenev by the late, great Irish novelist William Trevor lost out to Ben Okri’s The

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

David Benedict: Why is the Oliviers judging process so opaque? by David Benedict

“Who are the judges?” At least three high-profile nominees at Sunday’s Olivier awards asked me that question. They weren’t asking it out

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Top Girls review at National Theatre, London – ‘underpowered revival of Caryl Churchill’s masterpiece’ by David Benedict

“I think the Eighties are going to be stupendous.” That’s the moment when the capital P political dimension of Caryl Churchill’s most

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

David Benedict – ‘I’m with Sondheim – Why can’t they do the last night first?’ by David Benedict

Having caught the Lucinda Coxon adaptation of Harriet Lane’s novel Alys, Always during its final week at London’s Bridge Theatre – reader,

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

David Benedict: Great musicals like Mamma Mia! confound the haters by David Benedict

“I hate musicals, I hate ’em.” So said Richard Hawley in an interview quoted last week on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Caryl Churchill at 80 – celebrating UK theatre’s ‘ultimate playwright’ by David Benedict

Leading theatremakers including Vicky Featherstone, Rufus Norris, Dominic Cooke and Maxine Peake tell David Benedict about the writer’s influence on their work

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

My Name is Lucy Barton, Bridge Theatre, review - Laura Linney is luminous in a flawless production by David Benedict

Stage adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's novel is a one-woman tour de forceIn Harold Pinter’s memory play Old Times, one of the women declares, “There are some things one remembers ev…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Consent, Harold Pinter Theatre review - exhilarating by David Benedict

The stakes are high in the West End transfer of Nina Raine's play about marriage, rape and the law Question: is Consent, transferred from the National to the West End, a sharp-tongued c…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Inheritance, Young Vic review - a long day’s journey into light by David Benedict

One part Angels in America to six parts Howards EndAbout a decade ago, theatre-makers started routinely describing themselves as being in the business of storytelling.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

'Why we understand each other': Peter Gill on The York Realist by David Benedict

The playwright-director reflects on his 1999 play, revived at the Donmar and Sheffield CrucibleFingers on buzzers… Question: What’s the connection between Days of Wine and Roses, Small C…

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'Why we understand each other': Peter Gill on The York Realist by David Benedict

'WHY WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER': Peter Gill on 'The York Realist'The playwright-director reflects on his 2001 play, revived at the Donmar and Sheffield CrucibleFingers on buzzers… Question:…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lady Windermere's Fan, Vaudeville Theatre, review - Wilde abandoned by David Benedict

Jennifer Saunders gets laughs, but Kathy Burke's lamentable production misses the pointImagine, if you will, discovering a ninth-rate old melodrama about upper-class nonsense, hiring a …

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Pinocchio, National Theatre review - boy puppet lifts off, eventually by David Benedict

Look no strings: long-nosed cartoon character is humanised by a magical stagingFrom Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett’s wonderfully nostalgic version of The Wind in the Willows through Cora…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

10 Questions for actress Tracy-Ann Oberman: 'it's made me pretty fearless' by David Benedict

The TV and theatre star charts her route from 'EastEnders' and 'Toast of London' to 'Fiddler on the Roof'What do you call a woman who murdered Dirty Den, is the…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Wind in the Willows, London Palladium review - an effortful slog by David Benedict

Kenneth Grahame-inspired musical starring Rufus Hound is at once overly perky and dramatically weightlessAn enormous amount rides on a musical's opening number. Without explicitly expressing…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

On the Town review - triple threat Danny Mac and co are unmissable by David Benedict

Glorious reimagining of Broadway rarity at Regent's Park Open Air TheatreOn 8 April 1952, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green were chatting to Charlie Chaplin at a party when he…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Carousel, London Coliseum review - 'Katherine Jenkins is game, Boe out-acted by wig' by David Benedict

Star power isn't the reason to catch ENO's Rodgers and Hammerstein pricey co-production “Then I’ll kiss her so she’ll know.” At the sound of his ringing voice, the girls pa…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Maria Friedman: side by side with Sondheim by David Benedict

She made a huge hit of Stephen Sondheim's most-famous flop – not bad for a girl who dropped out of school when she was 15 and was rejected as a theme-pub singer. Maria Friedman talks …

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Finishing the Hat: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim by Stephen Sondheim - review by David Benedict

In this treasure chest of lyrics and essays, Stephen Sondheim appraises his own work with eye‑widening honesty

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Friday, July 18, 2014

'Gimme a vodka and a floorplan': Elaine Stritch remembered by David Benedict

My (very) small haul of autographs collected as a schoolboy ran the gamut from Peter Pears to Linda McCartney but even back then I knew the classiest signature I bagged was that of Elaine St…

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Putting It Together, St James Theatre by David Benedict

“God,” wrote Stephen Sondheim, “is in the details.” Of course, he didn’t actually coin the phrase but throughout his published collections of lyrics he cites it as one of his three…

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Candide, Menier Chocolate Factory by David Benedict

How do you solve a problem, not Maria, Candide? Musicals are loved for their scores – and Leonard Bernstein’s one for this really is a cracker – but they’re held together b…

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ghosts, Almeida Theatre by David Benedict

In a moment of scalding intensity at the climax of of Ghosts, terrified Oswald sees the sun. Throughout the rest of Ibsen’s celebrated drama about the sins of the past, light is fairly abs…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Children of the Sun, National Theatre by David Benedict

They’re back, and this time it’s more

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Once, Phoenix Theatre by David Benedict

People sneer at musicals for endless reasons: they hate Broadway brashness, non-naturalistic lurches in and out of song, the sentimentality. One of the least acknowledged reasons, however, i…

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Before the Party, Almeida Theatre by David Benedict

Faced with an unfamiliar play, it’s usually hard to spot exactly where the writer stopped and the director started. Not here. This is one of those occasions where a director’s voice is c…

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