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Mark Shenton bemoans the lack of British songwriters in Radio 2’s forthcoming musicals celebration

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Radio 2’s Greatest Show could — and should — have been a platform to celebrate more British musicals, especially here, especially now, with the industry floundering so badly. A show of support for our own creators of new musicals would not have gone amiss.

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Has theatre changed since the 1960s? Creating, producing and “shipping it out”

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Rather a busy theatre going week last week with The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist at Bussey Building in Peckham,  as part of Townsend Productions two play residency + a post show inspirational session from the author Stephen Lowe; First Lady Suite by Michael John LaChuisa given a stylish new production by Matt Ryan, Lee Newby and […]

OLIVER! – Newbury

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It is a rare treat to visit Newbury’s charmingly situated Watermill Theatre and Luke Sheppard’s Oliver! more than makes the journey worthwhile. On arrival and in one of the most innovative mise-en-scenes, as the audience mingle on the lawn outside sipping Pimms and G&Ts, the cast’s ragamuffin kids dart about, not picking pockets but offering to shine shoes for a sixpence. It’s a charming touch.

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Review: Fings Ain’t What They Used T’Be (Union Theatre, London)

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I confess it, I have previous with this show: in the mid-eighties I was in a fringe production which was selling so badly that one wet Wednesday we’d just decided to give the seven people in the audience their money back when we got a phone call to say that Lionel Bart was on his […]

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