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Will an older generation of creatives be altruistic enough to make room for young talent?

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Quotes by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

A constantly recurring theme as we hopefully start emerging from this pandemic — and even long before it actually happened — was about creating space for new voices and talents, and preferably younger and more diverse voices, whether as writers, directors, producers, designers, actors or even theatre critics.

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What next for the theatre industry post-pandemic & how will it have to change?

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In a feature for The Stage earlier in the week, Jessica Korvavos, president of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group, was asked to sum up the last year: “A year when singing and dancing in public have been against the law? It’s been like a horrible dystopian cross between Footloose and Groundhog Day.”

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Star casting in & out of lockdown – the debate continues

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Theatre may have migrated online for now (though here’s hoping that we’ll be back in the stalls and not just our armchairs or desks soon). Even though online theatre has created a much more level playing field in terms of opportunities for people and productions to be seen, with the smallest theatres like the Barn competing with the biggest like the National for audiences, star casting is STILL a thing.

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‘It’s very hard once you’ve got a line like that in your head’: Assessing the aftermath of a bad review

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

In a free-for-all age of journalism, the currency of individual theatre reviews matter a lot less than they used to; all a theatre PR wants is a spread of five-star reviews, and they’re easier to summon than ever if you don’t look too closely which publications they come from. The general public won’t notice the difference, so its a bluff that often works.

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The Mates are big fans of Lyn Gardner. Any ideas what #LynsNextStep might be?

In Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Native, News, Quotes, Sticky by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Last week I received a mysterious invite. “Please join us on 24 October 2018 for drinks to celebrate the launch of a radical new platform for theatre criticism,” it read. That’s intriguing, but not nearly so exciting as the next bit: “…and to find out about Lyn Gardner’s next step.”

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Will Broadway musicals dominate the West End in 2019?: Mark Shenton offers his round-up of the week ahead in London & New York

In Broadway, Concerts, Edinburgh Festival, Features, Festivals, International, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Scotland by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

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.

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THE STING – Wilton’s Music Hall

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A staging of 1973 Robert Redford/Paul Newman caper The Sting with its complicated and long-forgotten plot would need the smart and snappy treatment of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to bring it to life, not this clunky, acoustically unbearable rendition which feels like an amateur production of Guys and Dolls without music or dance. At the interval, […]

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