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Monday, April 24, 2017

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory review at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York – ‘remade for Broadway’ by Mark Shenton

This stage musical version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory should have provided producers with a golden ticket when it

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Mark Shenton’s week: Emma Rice comes clean, but what next for the Globe? by Mark Shenton

The reasons behind the shock announcement last year that Emma Rice was to step down from running Shakespeare’s Globe, made on the

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Annie Baker’s The Antipodes review at Signature Center, New York – ‘playfully compelling’ by Mark Shenton

All theatre is storytelling, but Annie Baker is a playwright who takes this essential truth and strips her plays to the bare

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

What’s Hot in London April 22–28 by Mark Shenton

Emma Rice explains reasons for departure from Shakespeare’s Globe, and Harry Potter will release a new batch of tickets.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

New London Theatre The Bridge to Open in October with Young Marx, Starring Rory Kinnear by Mark Shenton

Future plans for the theatre include Julius Caesar with Ben Whishaw.

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Casting Announced for U.K. Premiere of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein by Mark Shenton

Comedian Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, and Hadley Fraser will star.

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Mark Shenton’s top 10 Broadway theatres by Mark Shenton

We all have theatres we love to visit again and again: venues that put a spring in our step before we even

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler – review at Shubert Theatre, New York – ‘sumptuous’ by Mark Shenton

Nearly 50 years since Bette Midler performed in the original Broadway run of Fiddler on the Roof, she is back on Broadway

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The Toxic Avenger to Transfer to London’s Arts Theatre by Mark Shenton

The production originally seen in Southwark Playhouse in 2016 will also play a season at the Edinburgh Festival in August.

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U.K. Tour of New Production of Death of a Salesman Continues Despite Death of Tim Pigott-Smith by Mark Shenton

Nicholas Woodeson will take over as Willy Loman, with performances now set to begin in Cambridge May 4.

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Dick Whittington at London Palladium to Feature Three Stars of 2016's Cinderella by Mark Shenton

Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, and Nigel Havers will star again in this year’s Cinderella pantomime.

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Brexit be damned: How Cameron Mackintosh plans to make inroads to Europe by Mark Shenton

As musical theatre has become an increasingly global business, interest in the genre now stretches far beyond its traditional originating homes of

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Mark Shenton: No subject is off-limits in Broadway’s musical cauldron by Mark Shenton

It is simply impossible to make any generalisations about what will make a musical not only sing, but also fly: hits in

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Little Foxes starring Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney – review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York by Mark Shenton

Written in 1939, The Little Foxes is a classic Broadway drama and an American theatre warhorse. Manhattan Theatre Club’s bracing new production

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Additional Tickets for London's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to be Released in April by Mark Shenton

The new booking period will cover tickets for performances from May to July 2018.

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London Cast Announced for Staged Reading of All the President's Men? by Mark Shenton

The play is based on transcripts from the U.S. Senate’s confirmation hearings for Trump’s Cabinet.

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Mark Shenton: Brawls, babies and singalongs – welcome to the theatre in 2017 by Mark Shenton

Going to the theatre isn’t quite as civilised as it once was, and for some, at least, that’s no bad thing. Those

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Whisper House review at the Other Palace, London – ‘intense and thrilling chamber musical’ by Mark Shenton

The Other Palace is quickly establishing itself as a home for the development and promotion of challenging new musical theatre. Now it

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Casting Announced for Ink, New London Play About Rupert Murdoch by Mark Shenton

Bertie Carvel will play Rupert Murdoch, and Richard Coyle will play Larry Lamb.

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Groundhog Day review at August Wilson Theatre, New York – ‘hilarious and bracing’ by Mark Shenton

In a crowded New York season for new musicals – there are 12 titles new to Broadway – Groundhog Day is one

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Monday, April 17, 2017

As War Paint Plays Broadway, Another Show About Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden Heads to London by Mark Shenton

Miriam Margolyes and Frances Barber will star in Madame Rubinstein.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

What’s Hot in London April 15–22 by Mark Shenton

Audra Mcdonald speaks our for advocacy, and an audience brawl disrupts Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Original London Cast Recording of Dreamgirls Sets May Release Date by Mark Shenton

The new song “Listen,” written for the 2006 film, will be released as a single April 28.

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Sophie Okonedo: ‘Performing eight times a week is frightening’ by Mark Shenton

Sophie Okonedo has come a long way from a now demolished council estate in Wembley, north London where she grew up. She

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Audra McDonald in concert review at Leicester Square Theatre, London – ‘eclectic, unmissable’ by Mark Shenton

The winner of the six Tony Awards (the most by a single performer in Broadway history), Audra McDonald wears her accomplishments lightly.

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Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik: ‘I wanted to write a score you would have on your iPod’ by Mark Shenton

As the recording industry has changed beyond recognition over the last decade or so, pop performers have had to go on the

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Audra McDonald Begins Intimate London Concert Engagement April 12 by Mark Shenton

Will Swenson will also make a guest appearance, with Seth Rudetsky as host.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Carousel starring Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe – review at the London Coliseum by Mark Shenton

English National Opera’s ongoing flirtation with popular musicals began with a version of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in 2015. This was followed last

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Matilda Will Launch a U.K. Tour In Leicester in 2018 by Mark Shenton

The production will also visit Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, and Cardiff.

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Exclusive: Matthew Morrison to perform at London Hippodrome by Mark Shenton

Glee star Matthew Morrison is to perform for a limited run of concerts in London next month. Club 11 London, which has

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Oliviers 2017: Mark Shenton – Do the Olivier Awards need a rethink? by Mark Shenton

So it was virtually a clean sweep for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Olivier Awards. It had already set

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