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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mark Shenton: Doctor Who casting furore echoes idiotic controversy over Harry Potter play by Mark Shenton

The Doctor is, at last, going to be played by a woman. More than 50 years after the BBC launched the franchise

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: Could Stephen Daldry be in the running for the Young Vic? by Mark Shenton

After the announcement that David Lan is to step down from the artistic directorship of the Young Vic, I suggested six possible

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 6 theatrical holiday jaunts by Mark Shenton

It’s summer and therefore time for holidays. Here’s how I like best to spend my summer. 1. Provincetown, Massachusetts Provincetown on Cape

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

F Murray Abraham: ‘There are tricks to getting a job that I don’t like or understand’ by Mark Shenton

No matter that big screen success failed to follow an Oscar win, the Homeland star has worked steadily on the stage and

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Mark Shenton: Let’s take pride in the rise of queer theatre by Mark Shenton

Last Saturday the annual London LGBT Pride Festival Parade took place. It used to be called a march, but nowadays it is

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mark Shenton: Should playwrights have total control of their work? by Mark Shenton

Playwrights are entitled to a large degree of control over their work. They’ve created it, after all. But how far does that

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Romola Garai: ‘Theatres should not be asking parents to work six-day weeks’ by Mark Shenton

As she returns to the West End in RSC’s Queen Anne, the actor tells Mark Shenton about her big break on television

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He Shoots! He Scores!
 review at Above the Stag, London – ‘cheeky and ballsy’ by Mark Shenton

The title is deliberately cheeky – and so are a lot of the jokes – in He Shoots! He Scores!, a modest

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Mark Shenton’s week: How do you see 12 shows a week and hold down a day job? by Mark Shenton

“My name’s Mark and I’m a theatre addict.” I’ve previously confessed that I’m an addict in many areas of my life; if

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Mark Shenton: These are the six biggest challenges facing musicals right now by Mark Shenton

As The Stage celebrates musicals this week, it’s worth remembering that there are significant challenges facing the genre that dominates the West

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Laurence Connor: ‘Les Mis at the O2 was the hardest, most stressful thing I’ve ever done’ by Mark Shenton

The actor turned director has reworked the biggest musicals in the world, from Miss Saigon to Jesus Christ Superstar. He tells Mark

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Jamie Hendry: ‘I did think the old boys’ club might evolve, but it hasn’t one bit’ by Mark Shenton

He’s in his early 30s, but Jamie Hendry has been producing in the West End for 10 years and now his personal

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Mark Shenton: Where are the women writing musicals? by Mark Shenton

Changes don’t happen overnight, but some things are slower to change than others. It wasn’t until 2008 that the first new play

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mark Shenton: Are UK critics giving British musicals a fair hearing? by Mark Shenton

In the past couple of weeks, two major new musicals have opened in London: Bat Out of Hell, the stage incarnation of

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

King Kong (A Comedy)
 review at the Vaults, London – ‘resourcefully staged’ by Mark Shenton

There has long been a tradition of trying to tell massive stories with crazily diminished resources. It was once a staple of

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: No wonder so many critics prefer to stay close to home by Mark Shenton

There is a duty for London-based critics to get out of London as much as we can. Great theatre is happening all

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Mark Shenton’s wishlist: 10 Broadway theatre stars I’d like to see in the West End by Mark Shenton

We’ve finally seen the West End debut of Audra McDonald, some 23 years after she won her first Tony Award. McDonald reprised

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Racing Demon review at Theatre Royal, Bath – ‘a powerful revival’ by Mark Shenton

After an abortive side-trip to Sydney last year, Jonathan Church has returned to Britain and swapped the annual summer season he programmed

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Mark Shenton: Unpaid theatre criticism will lead to a narrow pool of voices by Mark Shenton

He who pays the piper calls the tune. So goes the saying. And that maxim was going to be put to the

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mark Shenton: Finally, someone wants to put customers before profits in a West End theatre by Mark Shenton

Producers Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, founders and former joint chief executives of Ambassador Theatre Group, recently announced plans for Trafalgar Studios,

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Blondel 
review at Union Theatre, London – ‘bouncy, buoyant and unbelievably silly’ by Mark Shenton

London’s Union Theatre continues its mission to revive neglected British musicals that emerged during the 1980s and 1990s mega-show bonanza years. Having

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Mark Shenton’s week: The rise of Kenny Wax, the West End’s new president by Mark Shenton

The appointment of Kenny Wax this week to the top position of president of the Society of London Theatre caps a rise

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top six Alan Ayckbourn shows by Mark Shenton

For more than 60 years now and continuing, Alan Ayckbourn has been among our most pre-eminent and prolific playwrights. With at least

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gay theatre in London: how the capital’s venues are flying the rainbow flag by Mark Shenton

With a whole host of LGBT+ events planned to celebrate Pride in London, Mark Shenton talks to some of the programmers, directors

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Mark Shenton: Picking through the Julius Caesar/Donald Trump controversy by Mark Shenton

It’s good to know that the theatre can still provoke headlines and controversies, not least when it’s a 400-year-old play. As I

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice review at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough – ‘uncomfortable in its skin’ by Mark Shenton

Alan Ayckbourn looms large in Scarborough. The former artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre is still its resident playwright whose latest

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Mark Shenton: Real-life lessons for journalism on stage and off by Mark Shenton

For the first time in ages, I’m no longer turning to the arts pages first. Although I usually make sense of life

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mark Shenton’s week: The joy and sadness of getting up close and personal with stars by Mark Shenton

It’s always a treat to see stars who are used to appearing in large arenas or theatres bring their shows down to

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Mark Shenton’s top 10 New York theatre shows for summer 2017 by Mark Shenton

I just got back from one of my regular New York stints to round off the season that culminated with the presentation

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Why Broadway is Booming by Mark Shenton

Broadway is mirroring West End trends with record sales, defying the past decade’s economic pressures and rising ticket prices. Mark Shenton meets

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Death of a Salesman review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘monumental performances’ by Mark Shenton

“I’m tired to the death”, says Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s searing family drama. It has an even more chilling resonance for

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