West End Features - April 2019

The Week Ahead: Small Island at the National, Man of La Mancha at the Coliseum plus Ibsen's Rosmersholm
I was in New York last week, catching most of the round of new shows that opened to get in under the wire for eligibility for this year's Tony Awards, the nominations for which will be announced... Read more
Friday Briefing
Friday Briefing: The new rhythms of (musical) life, turmoil at ENO, and how the Oliviers are evolving
Finding new rhythms of life... Cast member Shaq Taylor played the role of Daddy Brubeck during Sweet Charity previews Photo credit: Johan Persson.  According to the sizzling Dorothy Fields’ lyric to... Read more
Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn
Cast Mates: Fiddler on the Roof's Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn
From the Menier Chocolate Factory to its West End transfer at the Playhouse Theatre, Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn have starred as husband and wife Tevye and Golde in Trevor Nunn's exemplary production of... Read more
Rachel Tucker & Jenn Colella
5 Questions from Over the Pond: Rachel Tucker & Jenn Colella
It could be argued that no new West End musical has had a greater impact so far this year than Come From Away. Although the marketing budget in advance may have been dwarfed by such predecessors as ... Read more
Why the play's the thing for Broadway box offices this season
When you think of Broadway, you naturally think of musicals: the indigenous art form that the New York theatre developed out of European operetta but made into their own unique (and probably greatest... Read more
All My Sons
The Week Ahead: All My Sons opens in London and New York, plus top shows to see this week
The Bank Holiday weekend means a late start to this week's theatre, in London at least; but Broadway has a bumper week ahead with an opening every single night up to Thursday, which is the cut-off... Read more
All My Sons
How the latest influx of American classics is revitalising for the new theatre generation
As a theatre critic, you get used to seeing the same plays over and over again. It's not as bad as being a dance critic and being confronted with a diet of endless versions of Swan Lake or The... Read more
The Week Ahead, 15th April
The Week Ahead: Annie-Marie Duff and Patsy Ferran gear up to star in classic revivals
This week I'm headed to New York, where between tomorrow (16th April) and next Thursday (25th April) the final eight shows of the Broadway season are opening to beat the deadline for eligibility for... Read more
Social media and theatre
Friday Briefing: Is social media too toxic for theatre, why the Evita casting rumours were wrong
Is social media too toxic?  Daniel Evans, artistic director at Chichester Festival Theatre, recently wrote a column in The Stage in which he said: "I’ve lost count of the number of creative people... Read more
What's opening on Broadway, and why its such an important time of year for New York theatre
We've just had the Olivier Awards in London, honouring some of the best of the West End's theatrical offerings over the last 12 months; but for all that they are nice for the recipients to win (and... Read more
Olivier Awards
Olivier Awards 2019: Full list of winners
The 2019 Olivier Awards took place on 7th April 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall, with Come From Away and The Inheritance winning best new musical and best play respectively.  Company won four Olivier... Read more
the Week Ahead - 08/04/2019
The Week Ahead: Maggie Smith returns to the stage, and the Olivier winners you can still see
Last night saw the presentation of this year's Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall - an event whose prestige has incrementally increased over the years since it reached a nadir with a... Read more
Friday Briefing: is theatre coverage in mainstream papers dwindling, and what's the point of season announcements?
This week, Mark Shenton ponders whether the lack of coverage in national newspapers disconnects theatre with its more casual audience, the positives and negatives of theatre's holding season... Read more
Maggie May
Video: Why is British musical Maggie May being revived for the first time in 50 years?
It may not be known for staging musical revivals with double-figure casts – more so championing new writers such as James Graham – but at the Finborough Theatre, a special British musical is being... Read more
Olivier Awards Predictions
Who will win big?: Mark Shenton's predictions for the 2019 Olivier Awards
With award ceremonies, it's not really a question of the best man, woman or show winning. So many other factors come into play, and the Olivier Awards are no exception. But it's not just that the... Read more
Dear Evan Hansen
How to buy tickets for Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre in London
Broadway’s hottest transfer Dear Evan Hansen is on its way to London later this year as it opens at the Noel Coward Theatre in November. Running on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre since 2016, the... Read more
The Week Ahead, 1st April
The Week Ahead: Mark Shenton's week in theatre featuring Top Girls and Little Miss Sunshine
Starting today, you will find me here three days a week - on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - offering regular commentary on what's happening in theatre land - on both sides of the Atlantic and... Read more
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