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Monday, February 27, 2017

Stephen Unwin to Direct His Debut Play Set in Nazi Germany by Mark Shenton

All Our Children will premiere at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre in April.

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50th Anniversary Production of Hair to Transfer to London’s Vaults by Mark Shenton

The South Bank venue will be transformed into an immersive venue.

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Sheridan Smith triumphs in Funny Girl – review at Palace Theatre, Manchester by Mark Shenton

Michael Mayer’s first major revival of the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl, premiered at the 150-seater Menier Chocolate Factory in London in

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Mark Shenton’s week: Who’s telling the truth about Half a Sixpence casting? by Mark Shenton

I’ve previously addressed the ongoing debate on the all-white casting of Half a Sixpence, in which I cited the show’s book writer

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Lizzie review at Greenwich Theatre, London – ‘loud, messy and incoherent’ by Mark Shenton

More a live rock concert for four spiky, spicy “rock chicks” than a fully-fledged musical, Lizzie is a raucous, noisy scream of

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Mark Rylance to Appear at Westminster Abbey in London by Mark Shenton

All Places That the Eye of Heaven Visits will be presented in April.

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Full Cast Announced for Martin Crimp’s The Treatment at London’s Almeida by Mark Shenton

The play, first seen at the Royal Court in 1993, will open in April.

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Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell to Star in West End Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Mark Shenton

Benedict Andrews will direct the Young Vic production that will open at the Apollo Theatre in July.

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Mark Shenton’s top 10 jukebox musicals by Mark Shenton

Jukebox musicals – shows created out of the existing back catalogue of pop groups and performers – have been with us for

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Shrek the Musical to Launch Second U.K. Tour by Mark Shenton

Nigel Harman, the original Lord Farquaad in the West End, will reprise his directorial duties for the new tour.

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Donna McKechnie: ‘Dancers are so critical’ by Mark Shenton

When I first interviewed Donna McKechnie nearly 30 years ago, she was starring in a London revival of Cole Porter’s 1950s Broadway

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Simon Callow to Direct West End Production of Christopher Hampton’s Philanthropist by Mark Shenton

The cast will feature a set of young TV comedy actors.

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Mark Shenton: Why is the Samuel French bookshop closing? by Mark Shenton

Last week the news that Samuel French is shutting down its public retail shop hit the front page of The Stage. When

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mark Shenton: Do theatre shows need ‘trigger warnings’? by Mark Shenton

Theatre is a place of comfort and pleasure, but sometimes it is also a place where we go to be taken out

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Sorrows of Satan review at Tristan Bates Theatre, London – ‘fun new chamber musical’ by Mark Shenton

It is often said that the devil gets all the best tunes. In Luke Bateman and Michael Conley’s modest but accomplished new

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Gary Barlow’s The Girls review at Phoenix Theatre, London – ‘sheer joy’ by Mark Shenton

“Find the rules you knew and break them, / Find the roads you knew, don’t take them,” goes a line in Dare,

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U.K. Premiere of Lizzie, Starring Eden Espinosa, Begins London Performances Feb. 22 by Mark Shenton

The new rock musical that comes to London via Denmark kicks off its run in Greenwich.

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Olivier-Winning Musical Honk! to Receive 20th Anniversary London Revival by Mark Shenton

New actor-musician version will feature puppetry, illusions, and water guns.

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All-Female Version of Posh to Star Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray by Mark Shenton

Originally seen at the Royal Court in 2010 and subsequently filmed as The Riot Club, Laura Wade’s play returns in a new production.

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The Crucible review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘timely and timeless’ by Mark Shenton

Famously written as an allegory for the McCarthy era witch hunts against perceived Communists in America, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible now stands

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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Wild Party review at the Other Palace, London – ‘sizzling and sensational’ by Mark Shenton

The Other Palace, formerly London’s St James Theatre, is holding a wild, wild party to mark its relaunch. Under the ownership of

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Casting Announced for New U.K. Tour of Jane Eyre by Mark Shenton

The co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic Theatre will star Nadia Clifford and Tim Delap.

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Mark Shenton’s week: Not all shows get the West End transfers they deserve by Mark Shenton

Much is made these days of our isolated social bubbles. So I wasn’t surprised to be contacted, independently, by two prominent London

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

What’s Hot in London: Feb. 18–24 by Mark Shenton

New management at Chichester, farewell to a landmark London theatre bookshop, and the latest casting news.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre to Feature Alan Ayckbourn World Premiere by Mark Shenton

Ayckbourn’s 1979 play Taking Steps will also be revived.

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First London Performance for Andrew Scott's Hamlet Is Canceled by Mark Shenton

Performances will now begin at the Almeida Theatre February 18

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London's 187-Year-Old Samuel French Bookshop to Shutter by Mark Shenton

But theatre readers can still purchase books and plays online.

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Mark Shenton’s top 10 orchestrators and musical directors by Mark Shenton

When you watch a musical, a big part of the aural experience is the work done on the sound of it. That’s not

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Edward Fox to Bring Solo Play About John Betjeman to West End by Mark Shenton

Hugh Whitemore's play will run at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket May 30–June 3

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West End Stars to Headline The Sound of Musicals U.K. Concert by Mark Shenton

The line-up of vocalists feature Samantha Barks, Tim Howar, Oliver Tompsett, and Hannah Waddingham

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Tim Firth: ‘Musicals are the best and worst of what theatre can be’ by Mark Shenton

The people we meet early on in our lives often remain close to us, both personally and professionally. It says a lot

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