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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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Jazz Weekly

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

George Harris, Jazz Weekly

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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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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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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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

West End Wilma

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

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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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Fest

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

Johnny Fox

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’

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

Turner Classic Movies

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

Howard Mutte-Mewse, Turner Classic Movies – ‘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

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’.

London Evening Standard

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

Fiona Mountford

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’

Broadway World

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

Broadway World

Londontheatre1.com

"A glorious and compelling masterpiece" 

Chris Omaweng - London Theatre

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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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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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’

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 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’.

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.”

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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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.

Daily Business Magazine

"Combining unapologetic dialogue with songs delivered in pitch perfect style, Richard Shelton effortlessly carries off the role of Sinatra, getting the showman and the person behind the image down to a tee"

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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

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

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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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