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Friday, November 17, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 5 new musicals in 2017 by Mark Shenton

I’m always in search of great new musicals. Nothing quite equals the buzz and excitement of discovering a new musical that fires

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tiger Bay the Musical review at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – ‘a relentless tide of cliche’ by Mark Shenton

Ever since the Royal Shakespeare Company premiered the original (and still running) English-language version of Les Miserables in 1985, theatres have chased

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Mark Shenton: How should we deal with the fallout of sexual harassment allegations? by Mark Shenton

We have reached a crossroads in the ongoing harassment scandal. When discussing abuse allegations, it’s important to reiterate that Harvey Weinstein and

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mark Shenton: Can screen actors make the transition to theatre work? by Mark Shenton

Some performers are stage actors and others are film or television actors: better suited either for the larger gestures of filling a

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie star John McCrea: ‘It’s fun to play a character so wildly different from you’ by Mark Shenton

After generating a buzz in Sheffield, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is transferring to London. The show’s star tells Mark Shenton how his

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Mark Shenton’s week: Is body shaming ever appropriate in reviews? by Mark Shenton

Actors are, believe it or not, like the rest of us: they have to live in their bodies 24/7, not just when

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

James Graham’s Quiz review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘smart and compelling’ by Mark Shenton

James Graham, who already has two plays running side by side on St Martin’s Lane with Ink and Labour of Love, may

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 6 favourite Greater Manchester theatres by Mark Shenton

When I previously wrote a top 10 of Britain’s theatrical cities, Manchester was second only to London. It’s still my favourite city

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Uncle Vanya review at Home, Manchester – ‘spellbindingly acted’ by Mark Shenton

Few plays capture the devastating nihilism of depression quite as acutely as Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Andrew Upton’s intense new version – originally

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Mark Shenton: Where are the Cabarets and Follies of today? by Mark Shenton

In the course of four days recently I saw two productions of Kander and Ebb’s 1966 Broadway musical Cabaret – first the

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Oskar Eustis: ‘Hamilton reminds people that the US can be a force for good’ by Mark Shenton

The man at the helm of New York’s Public Theater is one of the most admired artistic directors in the US, with

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Mark Shenton: The two Nicks, be warned – commercial theatre isn’t so easy by Mark Shenton

“This is a commercial venture, but one with a mission,” write Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr in the programme for Young Marx,

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: What make critics disagree… or dance? by Mark Shenton

One of the great mysteries of a life in theatre is how critics sometimes diverge completely in their opinions on the same

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cabaret starring Will Young and Louise Redknapp – review at Milton Keynes Theatre by Mark Shenton

Putting the Will into the bracing opening number Wilkommen, Will Young returns to the role of Cabaret’s MC. Having previously played it

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 6 London fringe theatres by Mark Shenton

In London’s ever-changing theatrical landscape – augmented last week by the official arrival of the new 900-seat Bridge Theatre beside Tower Bridge

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Nativity! The Musical review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – ‘warm and likeable’ by Mark Shenton

Christmas has arrived even earlier than usual this year than usual with this likeable stage version of the 2009 British festive favourite.

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Mark Shenton: Will Kevin Spacey allegations lead to UK theatre’s Harvey Weinstein moment? by Mark Shenton

In the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, accusing the Hollywood producer of a long campaign of targeting young actresses and

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mark Shenton: My name is Mark and I’m an addict by Mark Shenton

I’ve long admitted that I’m an addict and my first drug of choice is theatre. I’ve turned it into my career as

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: Musical flops and the sometimes troubling stories behind them by Mark Shenton

Outright flop musicals are often more fun than hit shows. Not for their investors, of course, but for those lucky enough to

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Mark Shenton’s 6 favourite New York theatres beyond Broadway by Mark Shenton

A theatre visit to New York shouldn’t begin and end on Broadway. Although it is still the shining beacon of commercial achievement

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

M Butterfly review at the Cort Theatre, New York – ‘a lavish, but passionless revival’ by Mark Shenton

Having won a Tony for its original 1988 Broadway production, M Butterfly subsequently spread its wings and flew to the West End.

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Mark Shenton: Is Broadway becoming too reliant on megahits? by Mark Shenton

Unlike in the West End, where weekly box office grosses are a well-guarded secret, Broadway has a transparency where every show reports

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mark Shenton: How should we address theatre’s sexual harassment problem? by Mark Shenton

In the immediate wake of the first round of revelations about Harvey Weinstein, I wrote a column in which I quoted Katherine

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: There’s movement on the West End Monopoly board by Mark Shenton

Previews began last week for Young Marx, the inaugural production at the new Bridge Theatre beside Tower Bridge, ahead of its official

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 6 long-running West End shows by Mark Shenton

The news this week that Stomp is finally to stop banging its drum (and other random objects) after a 15-year West End

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mark Shenton: Where have all the classics gone? by Mark Shenton

‘In with the new, out with the old’ seems to be the current theatrical mantra. All but one title in the rep

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mark Shenton: For theatre’s sake, critics mustn’t be strangers to a train journey by Mark Shenton

Last Sunday, Lyn Gardner, my fellow associate editor at The Stage, said: “If you want to see theatre’s future, get on a

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: Is the National Theatre falling apart? by Mark Shenton

The National Theatre seems to have suffered a series of mishaps recently. Last week’s press night for Saint George and the Dragon

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 6 funniest musicals by Mark Shenton

Humour is, inevitably, a personal thing and we certainly don’t all find the same things funny. As comedy is policed like everything

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mark Shenton: Broadway’s premium ticket prices are punishing loyal theatre fans by Mark Shenton

It’s a fact of life, like death and taxes, that theatre ticket prices are rising inexorably. And now they’ve breached the $1,000

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dominic Dromgoole: ‘New plays are terrific, but let’s not lose touch with tradition’ by Mark Shenton

Nobody could accuse Dominic Dromgoole of being predictable, whether in his career decisions or talking to journalists, and this interview is no

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