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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 Spy In The Stalls

“Richard Shelton convincingly takes you back to a time of glamour, booze, and effortless cool that is truly intoxicating”

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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 Stage

'Seemingly effortless style, unforced and highly polished”

Mark Shenton - The Stage

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’.

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

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."

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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.”

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’. 

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 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’

Reviews Gate

"A model of its kind – not the usual tribute show hagiography but a warts and all portrait of Old Blue Eyes. Sophisticated and polished, Richard Shelton does Sinatra proud"

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Shawn Levy

“Richard Shelton is an actor who has discovered a way to convey the complexities of Sinatra’s character. He has an uncanny connection to the character  of Sinatra. He has got, to paraphrase Cole Porter, Sinatra under his skin.” 

Shawn Levy – author of Rat Pack Confidential

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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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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Jazz Weekly

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

George Harris, Jazz Weekly

Londontheatre1.com

"A glorious and compelling masterpiece" 

Chris Omaweng - London Theatre

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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Manchester Evening News

“A stand out performance from Richard Shelton as a swaggering steely-eyed son-of-a-bitch Sinatra.”

Alan Hulme, Manchester Evening News, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’

All About Jazz

“A superior singer who tips his hat to a legend with grace and elegance in an album that Sinatra himself would be proud of’”

Edward Blanco, All About Jazz

Broadway Baby

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

John Murray - Read Review

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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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’

Musical Theatre Review

'Simply astounding! It cannot be denied, the synchronicities with Sinatra are extraordinary. His voice, moves and mannerisms, and of, course his look, all create ‘Sinatra’. Incredible vocals, a real class act and fascinating to watch. And if you close your eyes ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ lives again in that moment. Truly remarkable.” 

Catherine Francoise, ‘Sinatra and Me’

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’

Los Angeles Times

Sinatra: RAW” stars Richard Shelton, one of the world’s finest Sinatra interpreters. Shelton performed as Frank Sinatra in “Rat Pack Confidential,” a stunning performance that saw him nominated Best Actor in a leading role.

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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Turner Classic Movies

“Richard Shelton IS Frank Sinatra – it is incredible.” 

Howard Mutte-Mewse, Turner Classic Movies – ‘Rat Pack Confidential

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’.

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 

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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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