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Monday, September 9, 2019

Opinion: The best of the West End on Broadway this season by Mark Shenton

Never mind a land-based wall that Donald Trump may or may not erect with Mexico, or American trade tariffs being imposed on China; forget, too, the soon-to-cease free trading between Britain…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Singer Renée Fleming: ‘Music is a form of social cohesion – a way of holding us together’ by Mark Shenton

Throughout her stellar opera career, Renée Fleming has frequently branched out into musical theatre and jazz. As The Light in the Piazza

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Are West End ticket prices getting too high? by Mark Shenton

Are West End ticket prices out of control?

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Monday, April 1, 2019

The joys (and blues) of last nights by Mark Shenton

How last nights are more celebratory and democratic than first nights in the theatre.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Long Read: As Brexit chaos reigns, what does it really mean for theatre? by Mark Shenton

Performing arts exports to Europe – alongside music and visual arts – are worth £360 million to the UK, but that and

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Seeing red on The Color Purple by Mark Shenton

How religious freedoms and freedom of speech are clashing over the casting of the lead in a new regional production of The Color Purple.

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Lost in transatlantic translation? by Mark Shenton

How reviews for Joshua Harmon's Admissions are strikingly different to its press reception in New York.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The triple opening night (and how I managed to get to all three of them) by Mark Shenton

How three shows all opened on Tuesday March 12 -- but I managed to review all three of them.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019
Friday, March 8, 2019

Celebrating women in theatre on International Women’s Day by Mark Shenton

The representation of women in stories told on stage , and/or by women, which I've watched WITH women, are a great way to celebrate International Women's Day.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tartuffe in duplicate… and a critical to-and-fro by Mark Shenton

What happens when a critic not only writes his own version of a Moliere classic -- but then reviews a rival version.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A new beginning and a Twitterversary by Mark Shenton

I step away from my close association with The Stage -- and I celebrate my 10th anniversary on Twitter

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Mark Shenton: I bid you so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye by Mark Shenton

A friend recently remarked how amazing it must be to be the last of a profession. We were talking about the rapidly

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Waitress director Diane Paulus: ‘Doing a new musical is not brain surgery, but it feels close to it’ by Mark Shenton

Diane Paulus, only the third female director to win a Tony, is bringing smash Broadway musical Waitress to the West End. She

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Mark Shenton: Artistic directors can take their audiences on a journey of discovery by Mark Shenton

Telling stories around a fire is probably the oldest form of theatremaking. It’s no accident that American playwright Anne Washburn has set

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Mark Shenton: Reviews of Steven Berkoff’s Harvey demonstrate a critical lack of respect by Mark Shenton

The theatre industry and the critics and journalists who cover it are co-dependent. Without the theatre, we wouldn’t have anything to write

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Come from Away writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein: ‘Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it’s better’ by Mark Shenton

The events of September 11, 2001 shook the world, but had a particular effect on husband and wife Irene Sankoff and David

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Sea Wall/ A Life review at Public Theater, New York – ‘two transfixing performances by Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal’ by Mark Shenton

This double bill allows audiences with the opportunity to see two great actors starring in intimate solo shows by playwrights with which

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Mark Shenton: Theatre should be a phone-free experience and technology can provide the answer by Mark Shenton

These days it is virtually impossible to separate people from their phones. And despite strenuous efforts by theatres that make repeated announcements

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Follies’ Joanna Riding: ‘Imelda Staunton has left big shoes to fill, even if they contained little feet’ by Mark Shenton

As Follies returns to the National Theatre, the Olivier-winning Joanna Riding is taking on the role Imelda Staunton played in the hit

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Mark Shenton: Theatre needs to be inclusive – not exclude certain people from creating or playing certain roles by Mark Shenton

There’s a lot of muddle in the debates around identity politics in theatre, whether of gender, sexuality, race or disability. This can

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Freestyle Love Supreme review at Greenwich House Theatre, New York – ‘an improvised rap show’ by Mark Shenton

Long before In the Heights and Hamilton brought him to international prominence, Lin-Manuel Miranda was a member of the improvisational comedy hip-hop

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Mark Shenton: Female playwrights are finally taking their rightful place in the West End by Mark Shenton

The longest-running play in West End history is written by a woman. The Mousetrap’s late writer Agatha Christie also has a second

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The joys (and some of the pitfalls) of blogging by Mark Shenton

Why I'm going to blog about theatre more.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mark Shenton: When regular theatregoers feel unwelcome, is West End audience behaviour getting out of hand? by Mark Shenton

Jukebox musicals have become one of the most familiar and popular forms of musical theatre. Producers love them, because they have a

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Monday, February 4, 2019

The ever-present dangers of social media by Mark Shenton

As another artistic director falls prey to the Twitter mob, I review my own relationship with the medium.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Mark Shenton: Awards are at their best when they celebrate unsung heroes and promote diversity by Mark Shenton

We are in the middle, once again, of the theatre awards season: last Friday this publication held its own annual The Stage

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Mark Shenton: Controversy can bring in punters, but it can also derail a show by Mark Shenton

Theatre all too often generates headlines only when it acts controversially, or badly. The daily business of theatrical excellence tends to be

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Layton Williams: ‘I came to slay. I’ve got what you want or I wouldn’t be here’ by Mark Shenton

Layton Williams had two West End roles under his belt by the age of 14 in Thriller Live and Billy Elliot. Now

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