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‘Didn’t I want to see it unfiltered by the opinions of others?’: Mark Shenton explores critical opinion and its influence on perception

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One of the pleasures — but also the risks — of being a theatre critic is that you come first to a new production, ready to form your own opinions on what you’ve seen, before you’ve already encountered or digested the opinions of others.

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‘Thunderously exciting’: & JULIET — West End ★★★★★(★!)

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A musical that riffs on Shakespeare while plundering the back catalogue of one of the most successful and prolific songwriters in pop history (Max Martin, who is only not a household name because he prefers the spotlight to be on the interpreters of his work: Backstreet Boys, Britney, Celine, Katy Perry, even Pink and Bon Jovi….you’ll have heard of them) was always destined to be either a car crash or a triumph.

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‘A must-see showstopper’: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT — Mayflower, Southhampton ★★★★★

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Upon the curtains opening you are immediately whisked away to the land of down under and the start of a truly wonderful tale. Immediately the show starts with a wonderful tune, you are immediately in the zone having a boogie, then you are transported to an Australian drag bar where you are welcomed to the show by none other than the queen Miss Understanding played by Kevin Yates.