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Friday, January 19, 2018

Mark Shenton: Shakespeare? New Writing? It’s all theatre by Mark Shenton

We are truly blessed in Britain to live in a theatrical culture that offers us regular access to the great classics of

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mark Shenton: TV critics have it easy – at least theatre reviewers leave the house by Mark Shenton

Last weekend, Camilla Long swapped her patch from reviewing films to television for the Sunday Times. “I’ve officially left my wife for

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lia Williams: ‘Acting is so fragile – you’re always close to falling off a cliff’ by Mark Shenton

Lia Williams may not be as well known as some of her big-name co-stars, she may not even have got into drama

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Mark Skenton: Josie Rourke’s regime at the Donmar hasn’t quite hit the heights by Mark Shenton

Another shifting of the tectonic plates of London’s premier league theatres took place last week with the announcement of the planned 2019

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Six review at Arts Theatre, London – ‘raw talent and powerful voices’ by Mark Shenton

This punchy revue-like musical about the six wives of Henry VIII originated as a Cambridge University student production, where its authors, musical

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Mark Shenton’s week: As one publicist turns playwright, another turns censor by Mark Shenton

Theatre PRs are at the front line of a theatre’s relationships with the critics, columnists and reporters who cover theatre; and it’s

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Mark Shenton: Don’t dismiss musical theatre just because it’s popular by Mark Shenton

I was only writing yesterday about the pervasiveness of snobbery in the theatre by some cultural critics and commentators. As if on

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mark Shenton: Is snobbery killing theatre? by Mark Shenton

Popular success often equates with critical disdain, and vice versa: it was long fashionable in critical circles to frown on Andrew Lloyd

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mark Shenton: Are standing ovations getting out of hand? by Mark Shenton

I go to a lot of first nights as part of my job. And inevitably, whatever the show and regardless of how

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Mark Shenton’s week: Goodbye to Follies, hello to Michelle Terry by Mark Shenton

Follies, Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s glorious tribute to a vanquished era of variety spectaculars, is set during a final reunion for

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Mark Shenton: The joy of curating your own theatre seasons by Mark Shenton

Who doesn’t fantasise about being able to craft a theatre season just for yourself? As a critic, the order and sequence of

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mark Shenton: The Stage 100 reflects a changing theatrical landscape by Mark Shenton

The volatility of theatrical politics and its impact on larger public conversations came to the fore in 2017 as never before. This

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mark Shenton: My theatrical new year’s resolutions for 2018 by Mark Shenton

It’s that time of year when we try to begin again with a blank slate and set out our intentions for the

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

2017: Best musicals of the year by Mark Shenton

While this year’s most hotly anticipated musical was a Broadway import, homegrown shows have enjoyed a remarkable renaissance. Mark Shenton celebrates the

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Mark Shenton: Found spaces are great, but traditional theatres remain the backbone of our industry by Mark Shenton

Theatre can be made anywhere and everywhere – as Peter Brook famously put it: “I can take any empty space and call

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Mark Shenton: My highs and lows of 2017 by Mark Shenton

It’s the time of year when critics are busy compiling their 2017 end-of-year reports, offering their round-ups of the best (and sometimes

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Wizard of Oz review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘strange, beguiling and magical’ by Mark Shenton

The maddeningly memorable, nursery rhyme-like refrain of We’re Off to See the Wizard is built on a lie. The Wizard of Oz

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Mark Shenton: It’s time to tackle noisy food and mobile phones in theatres by Mark Shenton

It’s difficult to complain if someone is munching on popcorn during the quiet bits of a play like The Glass Menagerie when

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Thirty Christmases review at New Diorama, London – ‘funny and heartbreaking’ by Mark Shenton

“Don’t be a prick at Christmas” is the jauntily sung take-home message of Thirty Christmases, Jonny Donahoe’s intimate, funny and heartbreaking confessional

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Mark Shenton: Celebrating diverse casts in musical theatre by Mark Shenton

We now gladly embrace colour-blind casting in theatre, which means that anyone can play any role – it’s all acting, after all.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mark Shenton: Musical theatre innovation isn’t only happening on Broadway by Mark Shenton

Yes, this year has brought the West End the stage version of Bat Out of Hell and 2018 already promises us Tina:

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Guys and Dolls review at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘fine performances but flawed direction’ by Mark Shenton

Black British-based actors like Clarke Peters, Clive Rowe and Sharon D Clarke have previously starred in the National Theatre’s 1996 revival of

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Mark Shenton: How should critics write about an actor’s physical appearance? by Mark Shenton

Theatre exists in its physicality: the actors might be playing roles, but at some level we are also watching them personally, with

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Monday, December 4, 2017

SpongeBob SquarePants review at Palace Theatre, New York – ‘deliberately chaotic’ by Mark Shenton

The commodification of Broadway continues apace with the arrival of SpongeBob SquarePants. Here we have another popular TV and film title being

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Mark Shenton’s week: Bette Midler, Amy Schumer and Uma Thurman show that stars still shine on Broadway by Mark Shenton

Broadway has always been a place where the name on the marquee is a prime seller. It’s what is propelling Bette Midler’s

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Once on This Island review at Circle in the Square, New York – ‘a thrillingly immersive revival’ by Mark Shenton

This utterly delightful burst of Caribbean sunshine could not be more welcome as winter darkness descends on Broadway. A folk tale set

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Charles Dickens on stage – Mark Shenton’s top 5 by Mark Shenton

What the Dickens and Bah Humbug! It’s that time of year that is as synonymous with the stage version of A Christmas

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Parisian Woman review at Hudson Theatre, New York – ‘classy, but shallow’ by Mark Shenton

This new play by Beau Willimon, creator of TV series House of Cards, explores the complex marital arrangements of a Washington DC

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Mark Shenton: There’s no need to mourn the demise of the theatrical interval by Mark Shenton

Before the first preview of Follies at the National Theatre back in August, one of the show’s performers, Philip Quast, texted me

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Meteor Shower review at Booth Theatre, New York – ‘Amy Schumer’s appealing Broadway debut’ by Mark Shenton

If nothing else, the world premiere of Steve Martin’s latest Broadway play Meteor Shower is testament to the power of celebrity: not

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Mark Shenton: Old Vic report into Kevin Spacey underlines the toxicity of fame by Mark Shenton

In the swirl of sexual abuse and harassment allegations doing the rounds, the suffering of the victims is paramount – there is

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