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The Times

“Richard Shelton’s splendidly tough yet laid back performance as authentic a rat and a pack-leader.” -

Benedict Nightingale, The Times, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’

Jazz Weekly

'His selection of material is impeccable and his style is shark skin sharp'

George Harris, Jazz Weekly

Fest

“Perfection, with Sinatra's trademark weighted sibilants and legato phrasing”

Johnny Fox

West End Wilma

"The audience at Crazy Coqs were mesmerised and enthralled by Richard Shelton's  performance"

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BBC

“No one should take lightly standing onstage trying to BE Frank Sinatra, but Richard Shelton is quite simply phenomenal. He captures the essence of the man perfectly. His voice has exactly the right tone; he has that twinkle in his eye; he has the anger that sometimes flowed out of every Sinatra pore.”  

Mike Young, BBC, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’.

Playbill

“Richard Shelton is both mesmerizing and disturbing as Sinatra. He is smooth and
charming in demeanor as he croons, but in a second displays a more private, volatile side to his nature and a life littered with indiscretions.”

Remote Goat

"It is not only the voice that gives this show its particular essence, Richard Shelton seems to put the cloak of Mr Sinatra on his back and Sinatra's heart into his own being... a most enjoyable evening's entertainment"

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Broadway World

"Outstanding - from the opening notes of 'A Very Good Year' Richard Shelton is remarkable, completely transforming into the great man so you would believe he was back in the room with you!"

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The Telegraph

“Singing the hits with style, Sinatra is marvellously played by Richard Shelton with a smile that turns on and off like a light bulb and an edge of near psychotic violence who comes across as a 24-carat bastard.” 

Charles Spencer , The Daily Telegraph, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’.

Carns Theatre Passion

"Sheer brilliance, Richard Shelton channelled Frank Sinatra and Richard left the building. As for the songs, close your eyes and take in the sound, of Richard absolutely nailing Sinatra’s voice, as it washes over you. Open your eyes and the likeness is there for all to see."

Carn's Theatre Passion – Caroline Hanks Farmer - Read Review

Radio 2

“What a voice! The future belongs to vocalists and Richard Shelton is going to lead the way there!”.

Gillian Reynolds, BBC Radio 2

The Stage

'Seemingly effortless style, unforced and highly polished”

Mark Shenton - The Stage

The LA Examiner

'Shelton is the essence of cool. Deserving of audiences on both side of the Atlantic, Richard Shelton is the most evanescent of entertainers with pathos and longevity in his voice, and should be celebrated for his craftsmanship in his own right ”

Bonnie Priever, The LA Examiner – ‘Sinatra and Me’

The Guardian

“Sinatra emerges as the worst kind of playground bully and Richard Shelton captures perfectly his string-pulling menace.”

Michael Billington, The Guardian, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’. 

Sunday Mail

"Fans of Ol' Blue Eyes will enjoy ‘Sinatra: Raw’ as Richard Shelton delivers the story of his life, warts and all and takes us through the highs and lows of Sinatra's incredible career, and he has the voice and patter down pat."

Matt Byrne

Cabaret Scenes

‘As near to being Sinatra himself as dammit. With every song Shelton became Sinatra. The concept of the play is brilliant and the performance uncanny. Shelton skilfully recreated Sinatra's legacy. He portrayed the character with brilliant ease, and with his gift of replicating the stunning vocal ability of his hero he brought Sinatra right into the room.’

Helen Theophanus

Broadway Baby

“Superb…a sold-out command performance worthy of a concert stage” 

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Advertiser.com.au

‘Richard Shelton’s incredible show delves just as deeply into Sinatra, the man and the myth, as it does the music, as Ol’ Blue Eyes contemplates his retirement from music in 1971.’ 

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ActDrop

"Richard Shelton delivers pure gold with wonderful singing that captures every subtle nuance of Sinatra's style - so similar in fact that one could be listening to a recording except we're most definitely not"

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London Evening Standard

“A 5-strong cast especially Richard Shelton as an unnervingly authentic Sinatra”

Fiona Mountford

Weekender

"A play about a life lived as much as it is a tribute concert, ‘Sinatra: Raw’ is the up-close, late night show we all would have wanted to see: Frank, a glass of booze, a microphone and someone to play the piano. Highly recommended"

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The Sunday Telegraph

“Richard Shelton in particular conveys a fearsome impression of how vile Sinatra could be when he was crossed (and sometimes wasn’t).”

John Gross, The Sunday Telegraph, Rat Pack Confidential’

Broadway World

“Hitting all the right notes – Effortlessly smooth – a joy! The audience are unwilling to leave!”

Broadway World

Theatre Weekly

"Singing his way through that famous back catalogue Richard Shelton reminds us what made Sinatra such an undeniable star, as he croons, you can feel the world melt away"

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CNN Showbiz

“What can I say – Richard Shelton is a true star and gave the most brilliant performance as Frank Sinatra!”

Kate Courtney, CNN Showbiz

The Stage

“The hit songs, interwoven with teasing irony into the story get a rapturous response, especially thanks to Richard Shelton as an unnervingly authentic Sinatra.” 

The Stage, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’

Love London Love Culture

Sinatra Raw "A mesmerising and fascinating show that offers deep insight into the man behind the singer, beautifully performed by Richard Shelton...well pitched (in every sense) performance"

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LondonTheatre1.com

"A full-bodied and well-researched production, the delivery of the songs is spot on. One of those shows that’s over too quickly!"

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One 4 Review

"UNMISSABLE! As soon as @RichardShelton started to sing, it was like Frank was in the room with us and we were all in the palm of his hand"

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The Times

"Richard Shelton’s masterful take on Ol’ Blue Eyes is a must-see. Pitched somewhere between concert and confessional, this modest show has greatness in it."

"Shelton’s vocals are remarkable, manifesting not only Sinatra’s sliding rhythms and nuanced phrasing, but also the timbre of that famous instrument.

His voice wraps you up. It helps that the Sinatra songbook contains pure gold. But, again, the veracity of Shelton’s flinty performance adds a fillip to his interpretations of the music."

Donald Hutera 

PRESS SELECTIONS

The Daily Telegraph - ‘Sinatra without the sin’
– Charles Spencer

“Sinatra is marvellously played by Richard Shelton, with a smile that turns on and off like a lightbulb and an edge of near psychotic violence. He sings the hits with style, while also capturing Sinatra’s domineering and often downright ugly personality.

BBC – Mike Young

“No-one should take lightly standing onstage and trying to be Frank Sinatra. But Richard Shelton is quite simply phenomenal. He captures the essence of the man perfectly. His voice has exactly the right tone; he has that twinkle in his eye; he has the anger that sometimes flowed out of every Sinatra pore.”

Manchester Evening News - ‘Yes, they were rats’ – Alan Hulme

“They did it their way. They did drugs, booze and pimped for JFK. They did kinky sex too. They were the Rat Pack. The stand out performances come from Richard Shelton as a steely-eyed swaggering son of a bitch Sinatra.”

The Times – ‘Planet Hollywood Laid Bare’ - Benedict Nightingale

“This play shows the tawdry truth behind the macho myth. Never more so than when it’s dealing with Richard Shelton’s splendidly tough yet laid-back performance as authentic a rat as a pack-leader.”

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