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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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Annie to Return to the West End, Starring Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan by Mark Shenton

The production arrives in the 40th anniversary year of the show’s original Broadway premiere.

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2017 Chichester Festival Theatre Season Includes Marcia Gay Harden and Ian McKellen by Mark Shenton

Inaugural season of new artistic director Daniel Evans will also include new plays by James Graham and Deborah Bruce.

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Denzel Washington: ‘Before Hollywood, I was a theatre snob’ by Mark Shenton

Denzel Washington cuts a serious figure as he sits opposite me, as we meet as part of a packed London press junket to

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Mark Shenton: From famine to feast in London’s theatre calendar by Mark Shenton

After the excesses of the Christmas season, hearty drinkers sometimes declare the following month to be ‘dry January’, where they self-impose temporary

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Wedding Singer review at Curve, Leicester – ‘appealingly retro’ by Mark Shenton

Even the title promises songs: adapting the 1997 film The Wedding Singer was a natural fit for a Broadway musical. And so

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Mark Shenton: How to be the New York Times’ next theatre critic by Mark Shenton

Last week, the New York Times laid off its second-string full-time theatre critic, Charles Isherwood, who, since 2004, has covered the theatrical

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Samantha Barks and Arthur Darvill to Star in Honeymoon in Vegas U.K. Concert Premiere by Mark Shenton

The March 12 performance at the London Palladium will be conducted by composer Jason Robert Brown.

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London Hamlet, Starring Andrew Scott, to Offer Five Free Performances to Those Under 25 by Mark Shenton

Hamlet for Free festival will also include a discussion with Game of Thrones actor Jacob Anderson.

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Film review: Disney’s Newsies – The Broadway Musical – ‘refuses to slow down’ by Mark Shenton

The live action Disney movie musical Newsies famously flopped on its initial release in 1992, though later it acquired a cult following

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review at Sheffield Crucible – ‘power and poignancy’ by Mark Shenton

Everybody should soon be talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. This new British musical is by turns courageous and outrageous. Inspired by

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Bill Rosenfield's 46 Beacon to Transfer to London’s Trafalgar Studios 2 by Mark Shenton

The London-based playwright also writes the annual Drama Desk Awards and was formerly a producer of Broadway cast albums.

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Full Casting Announced for West End Transfer of RSC’s Queen Anne by Mark Shenton

Helen Edmundson’s play stars Romola Garai and Emma Cunniffe.

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Eve Best Will Star in Trevor Nunn-Directed Revival of Love in Idleness by Mark Shenton

The Menier Chocolate Factory revival will also feature Anthony Head and Helen George.

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Mark Shenton’s week: Lloyd Webber joins the ranks of Rodgers and Hammerstein by Mark Shenton

From 1944 with their first collaboration on Oklahoma! to The Sound of Music in 1959, Rodgers and Hammerstein dominated Broadway. It was

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Viola Davis Adds BAFTA Award to Tony for Fences; La La Land Also Scores Major Wins by Mark Shenton

The BAFTA Awards presented February 12 are the U.K. equivalent to the Oscars

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

What’s Hot in London: Feb. 11–17 by Mark Shenton

Sunset Boulevard will tour the U.K.; and The Ferryman and Young Frankenstein are both West End bound.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Pirates of Penzance review at Coliseum, London – ‘delights the ear’ by Mark Shenton

When this English National Opera production premiered in 2015, critical opinions were far from unanimous, with the Evening Standard’s Barry Millington, for

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Mark Shenton’s top 10 musical theatre couples by Mark Shenton

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air (“… everywhere I look around,” as the John Paul Young song has it);

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein Announces West End Dates and Venue by Mark Shenton

Show will transfer to the Garrick Theatre after an out-of-town tryout in Newcastle.

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Mark Shenton: Classics in distress? Not from where I’m standing by Mark Shenton

The role, relevance and respect for the classics in British theatre has been thrown into the spotlight twice in the past few

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