View Post

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

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

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.

View Post

‘Gloriously re-imagined’: BEAUTY & THE BEAST / WICKED — Liverpool Empire / Apollo Victoria

In Children's theatre, Features, Films, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Regional theatre, Reviews by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

Mark Shenton: First of all, apologies that I was missing-in-action yesterday. I was in London — and at a hotel without desk space in the rooms, so unable to write. (And the dog ate my homework, too). So no, that’s not the entirety of my excuse. But sometimes I need to take a break, too. There may be days when the newsletter fails to materialize!

View Post

‘A feelgood triumph?’: Mark Shenton finds out what critics thought of Back To The Future, a West End premiere not without drama

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Reviews by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

Although this newsletter officially remains on hiatus and will resume publication on Monday 20 September, I’m interrupting my time on the beach for a second time to deliver this bulletin with the reviews of Back To The Future that opened officially at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre on Monday.

View Post

‘Must be the most sumptuous-looking touring show of the year’: Mark Shenton gives an update on theatre openings including the Bedknobs & Broomsticks tour

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

A new touring stage version of the 1971 Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks held a national press night last Friday at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre, after previewing beforehand at Newcastle Theatre Royal. The tour is currently booking to May 2022.

View Post

As more West End shows have to cancel shows, industry figures respond to ‘inadequate’ Government insurance scheme

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Regional theatre by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

Though theatres are now operating at full capacity (if they choose to) — and audiences are wearing masks only if they choose to, as well — there is a great deal of uncertainty, as performances are being routinely suspended at the very last minute if a cast member proves positive or has come into contact with someone who has.

View Post

‘Making a splash’: Anything Goes – Barbican / Singin’ in the Rain – Sadler’s Wells

In Edinburgh Festival, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Reviews by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

Two classic revivals — both coincidentally first launched in the spring and summer of 2011, one on Broadway (Anything Goes, in a production directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall), the other at Chichester, before transferring to the West End’s Palace Theatre (Singin’ in the Rain, directed by Jonathan Church with choreography by Andrew Wright) — have returned in triumph on consecutive nights this week.

View Post

‘Utterly joyous & joyful’: SOUTH PACIFIC – Chichester Festival Theatre

In Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

While it is sadly premature to say that the theatre is fully back from its enforced hibernation of the last 15 months that put paid entirely to last summer’s Chichester Festival Theatre season, it was a (socially distanced) delight to welcome back of my favourite regional theatres with the opening, at last, of its production of South Pacific originally planned for last year.