Mark Shenton

Mark Shenton is a full-time freelance theatre journalist and critic. He regularly contributes to The Stage, including a daily online column, reviews and features. He is also London correspondent to, and a contributing editor for, for whom he hosts a monthly recorded critical round-up. He regularly hosts live public interviews, with guests that have included Tom Stoppard (at the British Museum), Stephen Sondheim and Peter Shaffer (at the National Theatre), Michael Ball, Arlene Phillips, Maria Friedman and Kerry Ellis (at the Shaw Theatre) and Nicholas Hytner, Michael Codron, Bill Kenwright, Howard Goodall, Sylvia Young, Rob Ashford, Craig Revel Horwood, Janie Dee, Stiles and Drewe, Simon Russell Beale and Jeremy Sams (for the Theatrical Guild at Jermyn Street Theatre and Soho Theatre). He is also currently chairman of the Drama section of the Critics' Circle
Helen Mirren as the Queen in The Audience. Photo: Johan Persson

Broadway and the West End are trading shows and talent with gusto Broadway and the West End are trading shows and talent with gusto

Once again, the transatlantic exchange of shows is buzzing in both directions. They’re sending us a bunch of musicals, either in identical recreations of the original productions there (including The Scottsboro’ Boys, Memphis and Here…

The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Photo: Noel Foster