Watch Terri Paddock's Sinatra: Raw post-show Q&A with writer and star (and foremost Frank Sinatra interpreter) Richard Shelton at Wilton's Music Hall

WATCH: What was Frank Sinatra thinking on the eve of retirement?

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Despite singing the songs of Sinatra since he was a teenager in Wolverhampton, Richard Shelton was turned down multiple times for a part in concert show The Rat Pack. So when he was invited to audition for the much darker play with music, Rat Pack Confidential, which ran at the West End’s Whitehall Theatre (now Trafalgar Studios) in 2003, he went in angry and impatient… and finally got his man.

Shelton is now firmly established as one of world’s foremost Frank Sinatra interpreters. Aged 50, Richard fulfilled a dream by moving to Los Angeles where he worked alongside Sinatra’s musicians and produced and starred in A Very Good Year, celebrating Sinatra’s centenary. They joined him again on recording his debut US album, Lost and Found at LA’s Capitol Studios. His one-man cabaret, Sinatra and Me, has played to packed houses across the world. And this new show, Sinatra: Raw, has successful Edinburgh Fringe runs and on tour, before this London run at Wilton’s Music Hall.

Sinatra: Raw is set in Palm Springs, California in 1971. Facing retirement, Sinatra performs one last intimate show. Sinatra’s blue eyes are bloodshot and his face craggy with booze, cigarettes and memories. This is the 2am Sinatra you dream of meeting. Dangerous. Unpredictable. Brilliant.

After a performance at Wilton’s, in front of an audience of many avid Sinatra fans, I quizzed Shelton and his onstage pianist and musical director Michael Roulston about show, Sinatra and his legacy.

Sinatra: Raw continues until 2 November 2019 at Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB. Click here to purchase!

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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