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Monday, September 25, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: Dynamic ticket pricing risks leaving angry patrons out of pocket by Mark Shenton

It has long been the case when travelling by aeroplane, that you could be sitting beside someone who has paid half the

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 6 London theatres in need of a refurb by Mark Shenton

As much as I love going to the theatre, there are some theatres I definitely don’t enjoy visiting. And in the middle

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jeremy Herrin: ‘Directors are badly paid and have to take on more work than is comfortable’ by Mark Shenton

Headlong artistic director Jeremy Herrin has been one of the hardest-working directors in recent years. He tells Mark Shenton about his love

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Mark Shenton: It’s lazy of Giles Coren and co to sneer at theatre by Mark Shenton

It is so easy to sneer at the theatre: “When I go I just worry about the poor bastards forgetting their lines. Particularly

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Our Town review at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘a spellbinding production’ by Mark Shenton

“Do human beings ever realise life while they live it – every, every minute?”, asks a character speaking from the land of

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Mark Shenton: Identifying and supporting new talent is vital to our industry by Mark Shenton

Earlier this year, Susannah Clapp reflected on her first two decades as theatre critic for The Observer and wrote: “Almost nothing for

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Mark Shenton’s week: Is playwright gender imbalance worse in London theatres? by Mark Shenton

Blogger Victoria Sadler recently ignited a hornet’s nest with a survey of where women playwrights stand in the hierarchy of what she

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Disney’s Frozen review at Denver Center for the Performing Arts – ‘truly magical’ by Mark Shenton

Receiving its world stage premiere in Denver prior to a transfer to Broadway next February, Disney’s 2013 smash hit fairytale Frozen has

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Mark Shenton’s top 7 Broadway stars who have voiced animated movie musicals by Mark Shenton

The modern Hollywood age of animated feature musicals has seen them regularly make the trip back to the stage – just last

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mark Shenton: How theatre is grappling with depression by Mark Shenton

Last month, Lyn Gardner asked, in advance of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, for people to look out for each other. She wrote:

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mark Shenton: Peter Hall is the model for today’s theatre leaders by Mark Shenton

Peter Hall’s accomplishments as a director, across a career spanning more than 60 years, are legendary. We owe both the modern Royal

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: Are critics pre-programmed to like some shows and not others? by Mark Shenton

There’s an idea that critics should be a blank page (but hopefully not an empty mind) – ready and receptive to what

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Cilla the Musical review at the Liverpool Empire – ‘crowd-pleasing’ by Mark Shenton

It is just over two years since Cilla Black – the beloved 1960s pop star turned iconic television presenter and personality –

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 10 Sondheim songs by Mark Shenton

I recently offered my top six Stephen Sondheim shows, but in the wake of the opening this week of Follies at the

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mark Shenton: There are secret ways to avoid nightmare interval toilet queues by Mark Shenton

It’s a perennial problem, especially at older theatres: trying to get to the loo during an interval is so often an ordeal.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Philip Quast: ‘Everyone in Follies is terrified. We know we have to make it work’ by Mark Shenton

The only man to win the best actor in a musical Olivier three times, Philip Quast still felt it was necessary to fly from

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Mark Shenton: To review Hamlet, or not to review Hamlet – that was the question by Mark Shenton

Last Friday, the Guardian asked me what I thought of the fact that critics had not been invited to review Tom Hiddleston’s

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Brief History of Women review at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough – ‘tender and elegiac’ by Mark Shenton

At 78, Alan Ayckbourn is having another prolific year. This is his second world premiere to be presented in as many months.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: Catching up with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bob Dylan by Mark Shenton

The post-Edinburgh lull (before the storm of September openings) gave me an opportunity to catch my breath, theatre-wise, and finally see a

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 6 critic-proof shows by Mark Shenton

Tom Hiddleston has just begun performances as Hamlet at RADA’s tiny (160-seat) Vanbrugh Theatre – a show that, as Matt Trueman has

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mark Shenton: Classic revivals provide a yardstick for greatness and progress by Mark Shenton

The ‘classics’ are just that: immortal works of art that repay endless re-examination by different artists for different generations. Or, sometimes, by

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Pippin review at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘profound and moving’ by Mark Shenton

“Journey through our anecdotic revue,” implores a narrator-character called Leading Player in this 1972 Broadway musical hit, scored by Stephen Schwartz. That

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: Are Trump’s follies becoming Shakespearean tragedy? by Mark Shenton

It’s not my place to stray into politics here – I’m only a theatre critic, not a parliamentary correspondent and reviewer like

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 6 Stephen Sondheim musicals by Mark Shenton

We all have our personal favourite musicals, and my list is typically saturated with shows written by Stephen Sondheim. No one has

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Prince of Broadway review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York – ‘generous and good-hearted’ by Mark Shenton

Broadway producer turned legendary director Hal Prince was born, he reminds us in this lovingly assembled revue tribute, the year after the

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Top Hat review at Kilworth House Theatre – ‘sheer theatrical pleasure’ by Mark Shenton

The country house musical theatre wonder that is Kilworth House Theatre comes up trumps again with a tip-top (and tap-heavy) revival of

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Mark Shenton: Bad theatre can really get under your skin by Mark Shenton

There’s nothing quite as debilitating as watching a bad play with no easy means of escape. Of course you could just get

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mark Shenton: Are critics crucial to the creative process, or talking out their arses? by Mark Shenton

There are, as anyone looking at a poster for an Edinburgh show this year will know, more critics than ever. In the

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Salad Days review at the Union Theatre, London – ‘vibrant fringe revival’ by Mark Shenton

There’s a giddy, quirky eccentricity to Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds’s 1954 throwback British musical, in which a magic piano drives people

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Mark Shenton’s week: No Edinburgh Groundhog Day for me by Mark Shenton

I was supposed to be in Edinburgh last week, but instead, as I’ve already described here, I had to get myself checked

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Mark Shenton: 6 legendary Broadway premieres I wish I’d seen by Mark Shenton

There are times when I really wish I could have access to a Tardis, and have it take me back to an

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