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’It’s a decent enough Christmas show’: FROZEN THE MUSICAL – Theatre Royal Drury Lane ★★★★

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Phew. The Broadway-rooted, Disneylicious, long-awaited red-carpet premiere night of Frozen featured (of course) an ice-blue carpet. And the throng bursting out to meet the paps afterwards was met by actual snow-blowers, so that our soggy heatwave outfits blended nicely into the evening’s actual rain as we skittered out of range.

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Can honest critics have theatre professionals as friends?

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I’m unashamedly a friend and champion of the theatre; but I can never been a simple cheerleader for it, regardless of the circumstances or my connections with people in a show I’m seeing. As honest critics find out all too often, we’re loved when we love something we see; but that can quickly pivot to becoming the enemy when we don’t.

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Mark Shenton’s weekly chart of forthcoming theatrical comings & goings has some new entries

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This weekly column keeps track of the shows that are coming back, or are newly being announced, as theatres prepare to re-open from next month onwards. It will be updated weekly until such time as it becomes a reality, and from then on will provide a weekly update to that week’s openings and future ones.

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Returning & new productions heading for the West End & beyond post-lockdown: Are you up to date?

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Meanwhile, I want to start keeping track of the shows that are coming back, or are newly being announced, in a new feature here that will be updated weekly until such time as it becomes a reality, and from then on will provide a weekly update to that week’s openings and future ones.

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

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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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‘No production need die anymore when the final curtain comes down’: How NT Live became a game changer on the road to digital streaming

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ll producers going forward will build digital preservation of their productions into their business models — and a future revenue stream will be available that means that no production need die anymore when the final curtain comes down, either.

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NEWS: Productions including Kinky Boots & 42nd Street are made available on new streaming platform Stage2View

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The first stage shows to be released on brand new streaming platform Stage2View will include the critically acclaimed, Tony and Olivier Award-winning productions of Kinky Boots and An American In Paris, as well as the recent Drury Lane production of 42nd Street.