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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mark Shenton views the week of news in the West End & Broadway including a trio of much-anticipated London openings by Mark Shenton

A big week in London theatre, with three of the most anticipated openings of the autumn: Marianne Elliott’s new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1970 musical Company, Ma…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Ferryman review at Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York – ‘tender and ferocious’ by Mark Shenton

Over 20 plays have already been announced to open on Broadway this season, but there’s unlikely to be a family drama teeming

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Mark Shenton’s top 50 musical theatre songs: 20 to 11 by Mark Shenton

Things are starting to get serious as our associate editor, Broadway critic and resident musical theatre expert Mark Shenton counts down his

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Company producer Chris Harper: ‘Audiences are having the time of their lives – that’s why we do it’ by Mark Shenton

Having started out in Birmingham Rep’s press office, Chris Harper moved from the National to set up a production company with director

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Mark Shenton: Commercial theatre is embracing risk and venturing into new areas by Mark Shenton

Commercial theatre occupies a strange world where art and business co-exist. Sometimes it’s a clash of cultures, as with Thriller Live, a

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Mark Shenton views the week of news, openings & radical overhauls of Shakespeare in the West End, Broadway & beyond by Mark Shenton

Mark Shenton offers the week’s news, reviews, quotes and tweets in theatre from both sides of the Atlantic, including an interview with Sonia Friedman, reviews of Shakespeare in three diff…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Mark Shenton’s top 50 musical theatre songs: 30 to 21 by Mark Shenton

Our associate editor, Broadway critic and resident musical theatre expert Mark Shenton is counting down his favourite 50 songs in the history

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Playwright David Edgar: ‘Becoming an actor has given me an insight into my own failings’ by Mark Shenton

Over more than four decades, the playwright has become the Royal Shakespeare Company’s most produced living writer, penning original plays and adaptations

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Mark Shenton: First Broadway producers turned touts, now they’re offering loans by Mark Shenton

In the market-driven economy of the commercial theatre, it’s not so much about getting what you pay for, as charging what people

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Kinky Boots review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘a joyful homecoming’ by Mark Shenton

It seems apt to launch the UK national tour of Kinky Boots in Northampton, the town in which it is set. As

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Mark Shenton views the week of news, openings & upcoming awards… in the West End, Broadway & beyond by Mark Shenton

Mark Shenton views the week of news, openings & upcoming awards… in the West End, Broadway & beyond.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Mark Shenton’s top 50 musical theatre songs: 40 to 31 by Mark Shenton

Our associate editor, Broadway critic and resident musical theatre expert Mark Shenton is counting down his favourite 50 songs in the history

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fame review at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – ‘a thrilling and talented young cast’ by Mark Shenton

This stage version of Alan Parker’s 1980 film has been kicking around for 30 years now. It bears only a passing resemblance

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Mark Shenton: In theatre, true accessibility is about far more than cheap tickets by Mark Shenton

One of theatre’s biggest preoccupations is accessibility; and it concerns both who gets to put shows on and who comes to see

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Mark Shenton views the week of openings, interviews & latest lists… in the West End & on Broadway by Mark Shenton

News, reviews, interviews and farewells of the week in London, New York and the regions, including social media influencers, Pinter in the West End and more.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Mark Shenton’s top 50 musical theatre songs: 50 to 41 by Mark Shenton

Our associate editor, Broadway critic and resident musical theatre expert Mark Shenton is counting down his favourite 50 songs in the history

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mark Shenton: There’s nothing more exciting than witnessing the start of a theatre career by Mark Shenton

Critics have a triple responsibility: we have to simultaneously record theatre history in the moment of its making, and honour its past,

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Mark Shenton views the latest week of news, openings, non-openings & ‘absolutely remarkable” awards by Mark Shenton

News, reviews, interviews, commentary and farewells from London, New York and beyond, including The Stage Debut Awards, Sylvia at the Old Vic and regional openings in Chichester and Bristol.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Mark Shenton: Revivals can ruin or reinvigorate a work of art by Mark Shenton

The essence of theatre is its liveness – that it is a mutable art form, and that plays or musicals will change

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mark Shenton: Musicals follow fashion, but are some trends better than others? by Mark Shenton

Hit shows are not created in a vacuum, but sometimes they fill one. Success breeds imitation and more success – and some

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Mark Shenton views the latest week of news & openings in the West End, across the UK & in New York by Mark Shenton

News, reviews, controversies and commentary from the West End and Broadway, including the first West End job share and the re-opening of the Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle).

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Mark Shenton: Another critic gets the chop – you’ll miss us when we’re gone by Mark Shenton

It all started, with what now seems like grim inevitability, when the Independent on Sunday laid off all of its critics in

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mark Shenton: When fans matter more than favourable reviews by Mark Shenton

“Do you hear the people sing?” goes the call to arms in Les Miserables, a musical that is now the longest-running in

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Monday, September 10, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018

Mark Shenton: Artistic director merry-go-round provides a chance for positive change by Mark Shenton

In the constantly shifting tectonic plates of theatre land, we are seeing the biggest upheaval in some time. Not one or two,

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‘A place where truly anything goes’: Mark chooses his dozen (or so) best shows in P-town & beyond this summer by Mark Shenton

Summer theatre highlights in Provincetown, Cape Cod and Boston, including appearances by Audra McDonald, Marilyn Maye, Randy Rainbow, drag bingo and music at Herring Cove beach -- plus Mouli…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Mark Shenton: Will influx of Broadway musicals prove too much of a good thing? by Mark Shenton

Donald Trump hasn’t (yet) slapped a punitive tariff on theatrical shows crossing the Atlantic, even though Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Post-Edinburgh Mark Shenton offers his round-up of the week ahead in London & New York by Mark Shenton

Mark Shenton rounds up the latest news, reviews, podcasts and more from London and Broadway, including Prince Harry at Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda at Southwark Playhouse.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Diary of a Theatre Addict: Mark recalls more summer pleasures, on and offstage, in Provincetown by Mark Shenton

If I have found some relief from my habit of compulsive theatregoing that I typically adopt in London and New York whenever I’m there, the temptation is never too far away. So I’m partic…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Will Broadway musicals dominate the West End in 2019?: Mark Shenton offers his round-up of the week ahead in London & New York by Mark Shenton

Mark Shenton offers a wrap-up of news from the West End, Broadway and Edinburgh, including the West End transfer of Waitress, Edward Hall saying farewell to Hampstead Theatre and Laura Benan…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Diary of a Theatre Addict: Mark’s summer in Provincetown by Mark Shenton

Provincetown, of course, is not an entirely theatre-free zone — there’s plenty live entertainment, from a lot of drag cabarets to male strip shows and piano bars, to enjoy.

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