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Friday, February 23, 2018

Mark Shenton: How do audiences and critics react when a show is designed to provoke them? by Mark Shenton

At the start of the second act of Jubilee, the stage version of Derek Jarman’s 1978 film that has transferred from Manchester’s

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mark Shenton: There’s life beyond London transfers by Mark Shenton

Theatre actors like to appear in London (or at least those that live there do). It means being able to stay at

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mark Shenton: We need to accentuate the positive while agreeing to disagree by Mark Shenton

The great Broadway lyricist Johnny Mercer once came up with a sentiment that is still a great thing to live by, for

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Mark Shenton’s week: Rays of hope for the new British musical? by Mark Shenton

“You already know you’re going to love it!”, declare the ads for Mamma Mia!. Now I’ve noticed that Eugenius!, a new musical

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Mark Shenton: Is stunt casting like Tanya Burr really the way of the future? by Mark Shenton

In a feature for WhatsOnStage this week, Matt Trueman welcomed the imminent appearance of youtube blogger Tanya Burr in a revival of Judy

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mark Shenton: What’s the point of theatre programmes in a digital world? by Mark Shenton

Michael Crick, political correspondent for Channel 4 News, waded into a dangerous political territory the other day when he tweeted a photograph

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Mark Shenton: Now audiences are Facetiming theatre shows – what next? by Mark Shenton

We increasingly live in a sharing, if not necessarily caring, world. We put our lives on public display via Facebook and Twitter,

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Producer Mark Goucher on taking over Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre: ‘I’d heard a lot of this job was about unblocking toilets’ by Mark Shenton

West End producer Mark Goucher brought his best pair of Marigolds with him when he changed scene to take on the role of

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Mark Shenton’s week: It’s Groundhog Day on Broadway as British imports pile up by Mark Shenton

I don’t need an excuse to visit New York, but last weekend I had a special reason for scheduling a four-night stay:

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Mark Shenton: Can expectations change how much you enjoy a theatre show? by Mark Shenton

Theatregoing means making choices: about what to see, of course (and what to see again), but also, by extension, what to miss.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mark Shenton: Cast changes can reinvigorate a long-running theatre show by Mark Shenton

Films – with the exception of Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World – don’t tend to be recast after they’re

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mark Shenton: Theatres are secular cathedrals that absorb the spirit of their plays by Mark Shenton

A theatre is more than just a building you visit to see a show. Cinemas, on the other hand, especially in the

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

West End production manager Lee Batty: ‘You need thick skin, broad shoulders and patience’ by Mark Shenton

Being a production manager for tours and West End hits wasn’t enough for Lee Batty, so he began associate-producing the Olivier Awards.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Fire and Air review at Classic Stage Company, New York – ‘unilluminating’ by Mark Shenton

The flames of artistic passion only flicker intermittently in Terrence McNally’s new, surprisingly inert and dreary depiction of the muse that the

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Shenton’s Week: The awards that allows critics and theatremakers to bury the hatchet by Mark Shenton

I’m on various awards judging panels, including The Stage Awards, the UK Theatre Awards, the Offies and the recently discontinued Empty Space

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Which three plays & musicals does Mark Shenton recommend this week? by Mark Shenton

Looking for theatregoing inspiration? MyTheatreMates co-founder Mark Shenton chooses his top three plays and top three musicals to book now.

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Mark Shenton: Will Liam Tamne be the West End’s latest ambassador in Eurovision? by Mark Shenton

We are about to hurtle out of the EU into an uncertain future, meaning that British cities are no longer eligible to

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mark Shenton: After a brief resurgence, are movie musicals on a downer again? by Mark Shenton

Following the successes of the Broadway-to-film transfers of Chicago and Dreamgirls, and then the original film musical La La Land, hope briefly

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mark Shenton: Why is Hope Mill taking more risks on musicals than Leicester Curve? by Mark Shenton

Critics always need to get out more – specifically, out of London more. Here at The Stage we pride ourselves on doing

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Mark Shenton’s week: Finding differences with Donald Trump and common ground with Ann Treneman by Mark Shenton

The other day, the White House tried to demonstrate that Donald Trump was actually working rather than playing golf. It did so

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Mark Shenton: Is The Grinning Man part of a new golden age for West End musicals? by Mark Shenton

Last year saw the premiere of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Sheffield’s Crucible (now moved to the Apollo), the Old Vic gave

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mark Shenton: Oscars show their debt to British theatre by Mark Shenton

This week’s announcement of the Oscar nominees makes interesting reading, as ever, not least for the ongoing debt the cinema has to

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mark Shenton: The West End is booming, but will it price out future patrons? by Mark Shenton

Deloitte, the UK live entertainment business generated £17 billion in revenues in 2017. That figure includes attendance at cinemas and sports events,

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Madama Butterfly review at Grand Theatre, Leeds – ‘new resonance’ by Mark Shenton

Puccini’s meltingly beautiful and bracing score for Madama Butterfly has acquired a new bitterness after the last few months of #MeToo revelations.

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Mark Shenton’s week: From email trouble to seeing double (and plays that make you uncomfortable) by Mark Shenton

I’m constantly amazed by the strength and variety of what the theatre offers us and how uncomfortable plays also test us, deeply.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Mark Shenton: Shakespeare? New Writing? It’s all theatre by Mark Shenton

We are truly blessed in Britain to live in a theatrical culture that offers us regular access to the great classics of

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mark Shenton: TV critics have it easy – at least theatre reviewers leave the house by Mark Shenton

Last weekend, Camilla Long swapped her patch from reviewing films to television for the Sunday Times. “I’ve officially left my wife for

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lia Williams: ‘Acting is so fragile – you’re always close to falling off a cliff’ by Mark Shenton

Lia Williams may not be as well known as some of her big-name co-stars, she may not even have got into drama

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Mark Skenton: Josie Rourke’s regime at the Donmar hasn’t quite hit the heights by Mark Shenton

Another shifting of the tectonic plates of London’s premier league theatres took place last week with the announcement of the planned 2019

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Six review at Arts Theatre, London – ‘raw talent and powerful voices’ by Mark Shenton

This punchy revue-like musical about the six wives of Henry VIII originated as a Cambridge University student production, where its authors, musical

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Mark Shenton’s week: As one publicist turns playwright, another turns censor by Mark Shenton

Theatre PRs are at the front line of a theatre’s relationships with the critics, columnists and reporters who cover theatre; and it’s

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