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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’. 

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’

Londontheatre1.com

"A glorious and compelling masterpiece" 

Chris Omaweng - London Theatre

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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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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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’

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.”

Jazz Weekly

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

George Harris, Jazz Weekly

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

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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Turner Classic Movies

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

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

Fest

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

Johnny Fox

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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Broadway World

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

Broadway World

The American

“Shelton reproduces Sinatra’s dark, rich, warm, baritone with such effortless precision that you are totally transported. He even manages to connect with Sinatra’s vulnerability, which is of course what singled him out and made him an icon” 

Jarlath O’Connell, ‘Sinatra and Me’.

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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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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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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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

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’

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

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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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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London Evening Standard

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

Fiona Mountford

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.

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’

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

Entertainment Focus

"If you’re a fan of Sinatra this show, goose-bumps are guaranteed. Richard Shelton sure knows how to croon, and if you close your eyes his voice is a near perfect imitation of the real deal"

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Broadway Baby

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

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Pocket Size Theatre

"As in any great show he leaves you wanting more - more of the music and more of the man"

Nick Wayne – PocketSizeTheatre - Read Review

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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