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HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING – Wilton’s Music Hall

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Sadly, their current revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – the first major one in this country since its 1963 premiere – falls on the side of the fatally old-fashioned. Director Benji Sperring’s sure touch has seen him work wonders with shows like The Toxic Avenger but here, an inconsistency of tone and performance level means that it sits awkwardly on this august stage.

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Diary of a theatre addict: Is it all work and no play(s) in South Africa?

In Broadway, Interviews, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

“You can take the girl out of the chorus but you can’t take the chorus out of the girl,” Broadway legend Chita Rivera told me when I interviewed her recently. And the same is true of me: you can take the boy away from the theatre, but you can’t take the theatre away from the boy. I’ve been in South Africa (my country of birth) since Tuesday after flying overnight Monday.






Diary of a theatre addict: Is it all work and no play(s) in South Africa?

In Broadway, Interviews, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

“You can take the girl out of the chorus but you can’t take the chorus out of the girl,” Broadway legend Chita Rivera told me when I interviewed her recently. And the same is true of me: you can take the boy away from the theatre, but you can’t take the theatre away from the boy. I’ve been in South Africa (my country of birth) since Tuesday after flying overnight Monday.






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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Royal Festival Hall

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★★★★
Royal Festival Hall, London – 19 May 2015

There must be something in the Thames as it flows around the bend of Waterloo Bridge that enchants the work of Frank Loesser. Back in the 1980s the National Theatre gave the capital a groundbreaking Guys and Dolls and this week, for one night only, Jonathan Butterell directed a sensational production of Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (almost) next door at the Royal Festival Hall.