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Friday, May 26, 2017

Sasha Regan: ‘Even on a national tour, we beg, steal and borrow like the fringe’ by Mark Shenton

After founding the Union Theatre 20 years ago, the director juggles work on the London fringe with commercial tours. She tells Mark Shenton

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Bring on the Bollywood review at the Rose Theatre, Kingston – ‘lacklustre and messy’ by Mark Shenton

As a London-based Asian female doctor boards a British Airways flight to India to attend a family wedding, she tells us how

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Mark Shenton’s top 10 summer festivals 2017 by Mark Shenton

In summer, the arts take on a different complexion. Instead of a way of life, they become a destination, with cities and

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mark Shenton: Female playwrights are getting the recognition they deserve, and not before time by Mark Shenton

Half of this year’s Tony nominees for best play are by female playwrights – Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel, for their plays

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Twelfth Night review at Shakespeare’s Globe – ‘Emma Rice bids farewell’ by Mark Shenton

In her brief tenure at Shakespeare’s Globe, Emma Rice has lit a fuse under the theatre’s original mission to devote itself to

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Mark Shenton: Theatre diversity is blossoming, even if there are a few bad apples by Mark Shenton

Theatre is a way of showing us lives far beyond our own experience; but it lets us into those stories by reflecting

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Julius Caesar review at Sheffield Crucible – ‘thrilling’ by Mark Shenton

The first and most important thing to say about Robert Hastie’s inaugural production as artistic director at Sheffield Theatres is that the

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Color Purple review at Cadogan Hall – ‘immense vocal and dramatic strength’ by Mark Shenton

Each time The Color Purple gets smaller, it seems to grow larger in impact. It started life as a big Broadway musical

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Mark Shenton: The rise and rise of the stage baby by Mark Shenton

“Never work with animals or children,” WC Fields famously declared. The cast of Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, now at the Royal Court

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 10 musicals yet to be seen in London by Mark Shenton

The last few months have seen a slew of UK premieres of previously unseen American musicals, from the massive Dreamgirls, which took

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lettice and Lovage starring Felicity Kendal and Maureen Lipman – review at Menier Chocolate Factory, London by Mark Shenton

Lettice and Lovage, a light, slight Peter Shaffer comedy from 1987,  was originally a star vehicle for two veteran actors: Maggie Smith

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The Gabriels playwright Richard Nelson: ‘I was still writing at 4.30pm on opening night’ by Mark Shenton

In an active playwrighting career spanning more than 40 years and 40 original plays or adaptations (most notably of Chekhov), Richard Nelson

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mark Shenton: The ‘experience economy’ is a boon for theatres by Mark Shenton

West End attendances have continued to show a year-on-year increase in revenues, taking some £644 million last year, with some 14.3 million

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ballroom review at Waterloo East Theatre, London – ‘negligible direction’ by Mark Shenton

Receiving its British premiere nearly 40 years after its Broadway debut in 1978, Ballroom is a fascinating curiosity of a musical. However

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour review at Duke of York’s Theatre, London – ‘riotous and raucous’ by Mark Shenton

Lee Hall’s riotous, abrasive theatrical adaptation of Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos was a big hit when it premiered at the 2015

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Monday, May 15, 2017

110 in the Shade review at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London – ‘a welcome rediscovery’ by Mark Shenton

Walthamstow’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown continues its tradition of uncovering rarely-seen musical gems with this quietly revelatory production of show that’s

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Mark Shenton’s week: Bill Kenwright – live at the BBC by Mark Shenton

On May 11, producer Bill Kenwright returned to the London Palladium. More than 50 years ago, he got his first London job

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 6 theatre drag shows by Mark Shenton

Drag needn’t be a drag – but it all too often is. It can be a lazy shorthand for highlighting difference, not

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Star Wars’ John Boyega: ‘There was no work in London so I went to America’ by Mark Shenton

Just eight years ago, John Boyega was a budding young British stage actor, playing a small role in Roy Williams’ Category B

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Mark Shenton: It’s all fair game for the West End’s profit merchants by Mark Shenton

I’ve previously written about Theatreland’s determined drive to maximise returns. Customers passing through a theatre’s doors are hit by extra charges from

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Miss Meena and the Masala Queens review at Watford Palace Theatre – ‘an ambitious misfire’ by Mark Shenton

Harvey Virdi’s new show takes a provocative look at the refuge that a drag nightclub plays for young Asian gay men in

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Mark Shenton: Let’s celebrate theatre’s other long runners by Mark Shenton

In 42nd Street, when Julian Marsh urges understudy Peggy Sawyer to save the show after the leading lady is injured, he says,

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tick, Tick…Boom! review at Park Theatre, London – ‘bittersweet and intimate’ by Mark Shenton

Jonathan Larson’s Rent is one of the defining musicals of the 1990s. The composer famously died on the eve of its Off-Broadway

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Monday, May 8, 2017

When Harry Met Barry review at Above the Stag, London – ‘disarming and sweet’ by Mark Shenton

Though the title is the cleverest thing about When Harry Met Barry, there’s something charming and disarming about this affectionate story of

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Mark Shenton’s week: Those one-star reviews just keep on coming by Mark Shenton

I recently wrote about the chorus of one-star reviews for The Philanthropist at Trafalgar Studios and The Braille Legacy at Charing Cross

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 10 UK-based theatre set designers by Mark Shenton

Set design used to be simply referred to as decor. It was not much more than the framework and dressing that the

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Angels in America review at the Lyttelton, National Theatre, London – ‘super-sized’ by Mark Shenton

Everything about the National’s most eagerly anticipated show of the year is super-sized. Even the programme is a glossy, A4 special edition.

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Mark Shenton: Here are 35 theatre shows to look forward to in 2017 by Mark Shenton

It may be stating the obvious, but we have a lot of great theatre happening at the moment. Yes, the last few

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Angels in America Opens at London's National Theatre May 4 by Mark Shenton

The return of Tony Kushner's epic play stars Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Gary Trainor to Take Over as Dewey Finn in London’s School of Rock by Mark Shenton

Stephen Leask will become the alternate Dewey.

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Maria Friedman review at Live at Zedel, London – ‘illuminating and intimate’ by Mark Shenton

A four-time Olivier winner, Maria Friedman knows how to fill large stages. But the rewards of cabaret are sometimes even greater. Launching

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