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Friday, May 18, 2018

Mark Shenton: Can critics and artists be friends? by Mark Shenton

The theatre world is quite a small one and I spend a lot of time immersed in it, both as a critic

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mark Shenton: Exciting new musicals are starting to blossom in regional theatres by Mark Shenton

At the beginning of March, Theatre Royal Stratford East held a two-day showcase called Beam 2018, featuring more than 50 new musicals

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Monday, May 14, 2018

A Little Night Music review at Storyhouse, Chester – ‘a scintillating revival’ by Mark Shenton

“Perpetual anticipation is good for the soul but it’s bad for the heart,” goes a refrain in A Little Night Music. The

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Mark Shenton: The Guardian’s loss can be Lyn Gardner’s gain by Mark Shenton

I have written so often about the disappearing landscape of contemporary theatre criticism, both in the UK and New York, that I

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mark Shenton: ENO’s food and drink ban is about profit margins by Mark Shenton

I’ve heard some arbitrary reasons for policing audience behaviour before, but few as genuinely outrageous as English National Opera’s ban on externally

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Mark Shenton: Brits fared well in the Tony nominations, but there were some surprises by Mark Shenton

In an admittedly sparser-than-usual year for Tony eligible shows – just 33 new shows opened on Broadway in the 2017/18 season, and

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Alexandra Burke: ‘I’ve turned down so much work because of a lack of confidence’ by Mark Shenton

Now appearing in Chess at the London Coliseum, the performer and pop star tells Mark Shenton how the loss of her mother

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Mark Shenton: Should theatre critics be able to distinguish between a beagle and a lapdog? by Mark Shenton

Critics aren’t employed to agree with each other, let alone with the readers they write for or the artists they are writing

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Pieces of String review at Mercury Theatre. Colchester – ‘an impressive original British musical’ by Mark Shenton

After a recent spate of jukebox musicals, it’s a thrill to welcome an entirely original British musical to the stage. Gus Gowland’s

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Mark Shenton: The culture wars are leaving their mark on theatre by Mark Shenton

We are living in culturally complicated times and are constantly having to re-calibrate some of the apparent certainties we’ve lived with uncritically

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mark Shenton: The joy of discovering a new theatre – in Cirencester by Mark Shenton

The historic market town of Cirencester in the Cotswolds is famous for its agricultural college and its polo club. But until now

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Moonfleet review at Salisbury Theatre – ‘a clunky new musical’ by Mark Shenton

This new musical based on J Meade Falkner’s melodramatic Victorian 1898 novel, Moonfleet is a lumpen, deadly earnest affair. The story swirls

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical review at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York – ‘ruthlessly efficient’ by Mark Shenton

“I want the next couple of hours to be a show everyone remembers forever!”, declares one of the three actresses who portrays

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review at Lyric Theatre, New York – ‘a marvel’ by Mark Shenton

Even before its official opening, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been breaking all previous Broadway sales records, by a wide

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Mark Shenton: Our love of jukebox shows mustn’t be allowed to drown out original scores by Mark Shenton

“You already know you’re going to love it!” proclaims the advertising slogan for Mamma Mia!, now heading for its 20th anniversary in

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

My Fair Lady review at Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York – ‘positively glows with class’ by Mark Shenton

Lerner and Loewe’s 1956 version of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion has long provided the gold standard for musical adaptations. It both honours

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Titanic – the Musical review at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – ‘a modern musical theatre masterpiece’ by Mark Shenton

“Sail on, sail on, good ship Titanic!”, goes a thrilling choral refrain in this Broadway-originated musical, and so does Thom Southerland’s boldly

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Mark Shenton: Broadway basks in British plays, blockbusters and The Band’s Visit by Mark Shenton

It’s that time of year when Broadway’s critics are at their busiest (and, some might say, their most cranky). On consecutive nights,

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Mark Shenton: Can renaming an award resolve a sorry state of affairs? by Mark Shenton

In the wake of last Sunday’s failure by the Oliviers to include Peter Hall in its In Memoriam sequence, not only have

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Carousel review at Imperial Theatre, New York – ‘a classy revival’ by Mark Shenton

It’s no longer just the elephant in the room but a blazing three-alarm signal: how today do we to read the apparent

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Children of a Lesser God review at Studio 54, New York – ‘an absorbing revival’ by Mark Shenton

Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God premiered on Broadway 38 years ago. It still holds up very well. The play is

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Mark Shenton: Hamilton dominates the Olivier Awards 2018, in an evening of few surprises by Mark Shenton

In the end, there were no major upsets at the 2018 Olivier Awards, presented on April 8 at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Mean Girls review at August Wilson Theatre, New York – ‘slick, but soulless’ by Mark Shenton

The American high school system has spawned any number of hit musicals, from Grease and Hairspray to High School Musical and last

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Mark Shenton: Should theatre critics reference audience behaviour? by Mark Shenton

Going to the theatre is primarily about the show you see in front of you; but it’s far from the entirety of

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Social media can be theatre’s best friend – or its worst enemy by Mark Shenton

Theatre, to paraphrase Hamilton, is first and foremost about being in the room where it happens. If for Hamlet the readiness is

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Mark Shenton: Student theatre magazine offers a refreshing antidote to the online playground by Mark Shenton

As Trump continues to band the term “fake news” at every media outlet except Fox News, we are more in need of

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Three Tall Woman review at Golden Theatre, New York – ‘spellbinding performances’ by Mark Shenton

Edward Albee won his third Pulitzer prize for this 1991 play. Belatedly it now makes its Broadway debut a year and a

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mark Shenton: Anti-harassment policing runs risk of obliteration without trial by Mark Shenton

In what now feels like the far-off days of David Cameron being prime minister, he once channelled Michael Winner during a House

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Lobby Hero starring Michael Cera and Chris Evans – review at Second Stage Theatre, New York by Mark Shenton

Second Stage has just become the latest Off-Broadway company to establish a full-time Broadway home, while still maintaining two other addresses. It

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Angels in America review at Neil Simon Theatre, New York – ‘a perfect fit for Broadway’ by Mark Shenton

After a sell-out run at the National Theatre in London, where it became the fastest selling show in the venue’s history, Marianne

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Grand Hotel review at City Center, New York – ‘intimate and dazzling’ by Mark Shenton

The Encores! series of concert performances that bring neglected Broadway shows back into the spotlight for just seven shows each is celebrating

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