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Mates blogger: Mark Shenton
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I finally saw sense — or admitted defeat, depending on how you look at it. After what feels like a lifetime of chasing my tail as I tried to see everything – or at least everything that was hotly tipped and/or well-reviewed — I simply gave up the battle.
In beginning conversations about theatrical diversity, theatres and critics alike need to recognise that we need each other. Looking for solutions together rather than attacking might be a more constructive route.
Mark Shenton rounds up news, reviews & tweets of the week from London, New York & beyond including a life-size first birthday cake of John McCrea at Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and the opening of King Kong on Broadway.
Mark Shenton offers reviews, news, interviews and tweets of the week from the West End, Broadway and beyond.
Mark Shenton’s news, reviews, quotes, tweets and farewells of the week, from the West End, Broadway and beyond.
A big week in London theatre, with three of the most anticipated openings of the autumn: Marianne Elliott’s new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1970 musical Company, Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance at the Noel Coward and the launch of Emma Rice’s new post-Globe company Wise Children with a show also called Wild Children, at the Old Vic.
Mark Shenton offers the week’s news, reviews, quotes and tweets in theatre from both sides of the Atlantic, including an interview with Sonia Friedman, reviews of Shakespeare in three different abbreviated versions, and a YouTube star appearing on Broadway.
Mark Shenton views the week of news, openings & upcoming awards… in the West End, Broadway & beyond.
News, reviews, interviews and farewells of the week in London, New York and the regions, including social media influencers, Pinter in the West End and more.
News, reviews, interviews, commentary and farewells from London, New York and beyond, including The Stage Debut Awards, Sylvia at the Old Vic and regional openings in Chichester and Bristol.
News, reviews, controversies and commentary from the West End and Broadway, including the first West End job share and the re-opening of the Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle).
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Summer theatre highlights in Provincetown, Cape Cod and Boston, including appearances by Audra McDonald, Marilyn Maye, Randy Rainbow, drag bingo and music at Herring Cove beach — plus Moulin Rouge in Boston.
Mark Shenton rounds up the latest news, reviews, podcasts and more from London and Broadway, including Prince Harry at Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda at Southwark Playhouse.
If I have found some relief from my habit of compulsive theatregoing that I typically adopt in London and New York whenever I’m there, the temptation is never too far away. So I’m particularly proud of myself that despite contemplating a quick jaunt to New York this coming weekend, I’ve resisted it (so far).
Mark Shenton offers a wrap-up of news from the West End, Broadway and Edinburgh, including the West End transfer of Waitress, Edward Hall saying farewell to Hampstead Theatre and Laura Benanti joining My Fair Lady on Broadway.
Provincetown, of course, is not an entirely theatre-free zone — there’s plenty live entertainment, from a lot of drag cabarets to male strip shows and piano bars, to enjoy.
News, reviews, controversies and interviews of the week from London to Broadway, by way of Edinburgh, including the ‘banning’ of Mazz Murray from singing a song from Dreamgirls, Edinburgh venue pay rates, and a 70-year-old Broadway understudy getting the lead.
Mark Shenton rounds up news of singalong performances of Bat Out of Hell, reviews of Aristocrats, Bring It On and Little Shop of Horrors and an extract from an interview with Kathleen Turner.