ShentonSTAGE Daily for FRIDAY DECEMBER 23
Welcome to today’s edition of ShentonSTAGE Daily. I reported in my newsletter on Monday about cancellations and postponements affecting shows, ranging from the scheduled opening of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Almeida being pushed back to the middle of January, after star Lydia Wilson was replaced late in the day by Patsy Ferran to […]
May 12: Let the memory live again…
But should other shows be reappraised or even cancelled? There’s hardly a more insistent ear worm of a song in all of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ear-wormy repertoire than Memory, the breakout hit of his 1981 musical Cats, which last night celebrated the 40th anniversary of its premiere at the then-New London Theatre (now itself renamed […]
That was the week that was (April 25-May 1 2021)…..
This week I launched ShentonStage DAILY, a new daily newsletter that’s intended to land in people’s email boxes every morning on weekdays by 7.30am and on weekends by 9am. It alerts you to my daily column and other news headlines to keep you on top of what’s happening in the theatre world every day! To […]
May 1: Is it time for living theatrical dinosaurs to face extinction?
The dinosaurs that used to roam the earth were once the dominant life force on the planet, after first appearing between 243 and 233.23 million years ago (according to Wiki), before being mostly wiped out in an extinction event approximately 66 million years ago. We’re currently in the midst of a more localised theatrical event: […]
March 23: Is it time for the older generation to step aside for the younger one?
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. Of course a constant supply of new […]
March 21: Why hasn’t Phantom been played by a person of colour in the West End yet?
For anyone in denial about the systemic racism that is still rife in British theatre, here’s an astonishing thread by the wonderful leading man Cedric Neal (who appeared on my ShenTens West End leading men list last week) about his first audition in London, after arriving from America: It’s both surprising, and not, in the […]
February 12: ShenTens: My Top Ten Favourite West End Theatres
In a month and four days time — March 16 — we will reach the first anniversary of the sudden shut down of every West End theatre, followed the same or next night, by every other theatre in London and around the country, thanks to Boris Johnson’s announcement on what would become the first of […]
How haters hate and troll those that don’t share their opinion by saying the problem is their own
The laziest piece in theatre journalism — one designed to provoke a reaction — is the one regularly trotted out by someone or other that says something like this Telegraph headline that ran on Friday: Yes, I get it: it’s not for you. Here, Tristram Fane Saunders — whose specialities are comedy and poetry — […]
The week in brief (w/e September 30)
News, reviews, interviews and farewells of the week in London, New York and the regions, including social media influencers, Pinter in the West End and more.
The week in brief (w/e September 2)
Latest news, reviews, podcasts and more from London & Broadway, including Prince Harry at HAMILTON & Lin-Manuel Miranda at Southwark Playhouse.