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Friday, August 9, 2019

Evita, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - a diva dictator for 2019 by Marianka Swain

Both literal and figurative fireworks in Jamie Lloyd's innovative musical revival Following a triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ Superstar, now playing at the Barbican, the Park works i…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Blues in the Night, Kiln Theatre review - hard times, hot tunes by Marianka Swain

Sharon D Clarke leads a steamy, soulful musical revue It’s too darn hot, BoJo is in Downing Street, and we’re all going to Brexit hell – so we might as well sing the blues. Or at least…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Bridges of Madison County, Menier Chocolate Factory review - Iowan romance fizzles by Marianka Swain

Trevor Nunn's busy production competes with Jason Robert Brown's exquisite score Robert James Waller’s bestselling, though critically panned, 1992 romance novel was reincarnated in the Cli…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Jesus Christ Superstar, Barbican review - Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical lives again by Marianka Swain

The Regent's Park revival is just as spectacular indoors Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1970 musical had a heavenly resurrection at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre three years ago, w…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

On Your Feet!, London Coliseum review - Gloria Estefan bio-musical hits familiar notes by Marianka Swain

The rhythm is gonna get you – even if the drama doesn’t This well-meaning biographical jukebox musical about icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan, which did two years on Broadway and a US tou…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Cash Cow, Hampstead Theatre review - timely look at pushy tennis parents by Marianka Swain

Are the family of a flamed-out prodigy at (double) fault? “How much does she owe us?” So ponder the now estranged parents of a former tennis pro, as they calculate the very literal inves…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

BWW Review: THE STARRY MESSENGER, Wyndham's Theatre by Marianka Swain

A decade after originating the lead role Off Broadway, Matthew Broderick returns to Kenneth Lonergan's play to make his West End debut. His devotion to the material is certainly understandab…

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BWW Review: RUTHERFORD AND SON, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Rain gushes down the front of the Lyttelton stage, a pitiless wall of water trapping and framing the Rutherfords - a clan very much defined by their environment. It's an arresting image to o…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

London's Top 10 Family-friendly Theatres by Marianka Swain

Continuing our London Theatre Guides series, we're celebrating half-term by highlighting some of the capital's most welcome and exciting venues for younger audiences.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

BWW Interview: Charles Busch Talks NATIVE NEW YORKER by Marianka Swain

Actor, playwright and cabaret entertainer Charles Busch's work includesDie Mommie Die,Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,Psycho Beach PartyandThe Tale of the Allergist's Wife.He's returning to London…

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

EUROPE Leads June's Top 10 New London Shows by Marianka Swain

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a drama about Europe to immersive Shakespeare and open-air opera, here are so…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

BWW Review: ANNA, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

The audience plays surveillance state in this pioneering collaboration between playwright Ella Hickson and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham. We experience the action through individual se…

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BWW Interview: Tim Howar Talks THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Marianka Swain

Canadian actor and singer Tim Howar's past work includesLes Miserables,The Who'sTommy,Chess, and the 10th Anniversary production of Rent. He's also in the bandMike The Mechanics. Currently, …

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Friday, May 10, 2019

BWW Review: DEATH OF A SALESMAN, Young Vic by Marianka Swain

Seventy years on from its Broadway opening, Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell present Arthur Miller's masterpiece afresh in an inspired, shattering revival. One key change - making the 1…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

BWW Review: ROSMERSHOLM, Duke of York's Theatre by Marianka Swain

As politicians and pundits dissect the local election results, Duncan Macmillan serves up a blistering new adaptation of an 1886 work that feels eerily like a 2019 commentary. Move over, Jam…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

BWW Review: SMALL ISLAND, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

The 2004 prize-winning novel by Andrea Levy, who sadly passed away earlier this year, has been beautifully translated to stage by adaptor Helen Edmundson and NT head honcho Rufus Norris, usi…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Man of La Mancha, London Coliseum review - an historical work better left in the past by Marianka Swain

Kelsey Grammer leads a muddled musical take on Don Quixote The ENO continues its run of semi-staged musicals, in commercial collaboration with Grade Linnit, with a revival of this vintage od…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

THE STARRY MESSENGER Leads May's Top 10 New London Shows by Marianka Swain

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From timely plays to the beginning of open-air theatre season, here are some of th…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ain't Misbehavin', Southwark Playhouse review - a jazz-hot musical revue by Marianka Swain

Dancing, singing and plenty of swinging in this joyful tribute to Fats Waller The joint is jumpin’ at Southwark Playhouse, now hosting an irresistible Fats Waller-inspired, Manhattan-set …

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BWW Review: ALL MY SONS, Old Vic by Marianka Swain

London's latest foray into Arthur Miller has serious transatlantic star power, with its leading quartet of Bill Pullman, two-time Oscar-winner Sally Field, Colin Morgan and Jenna Coleman. Ho…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sweet Charity, Donmar Warehouse review - Sixties style over substance by Marianka Swain

Design dominates in Josie Rourke's farewell production For her swansong, departing Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke goes Swinging Sixties in this stylish but flawed revival of the Cy C…

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BWW Review: THREE SISTERS, Almeida Theatre by Marianka Swain

Director Rebecca Frecknall and actress Patsy Ferran recently picked up deserved Olivier Awards for their revelatory revival of Summer and Smoke. Now, they're back at the Almeida, bringing th…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

BWW Review: TOP GIRLS, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Caryl Churchill's ground-breaking 1982 work comes to the National for the first time - and, also a first, with a full cast rather than actors doubling up, as the playwright had originally in…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

ALL MY SONS Leads April's Top 10 New London Shows by Marianka Swain

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From Arthur Miller and Caryl Churchill to Don Quixote and zombie gore, here are so…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

BWW Interview: Debbie Kurup Talks SWEET CHARITY at Donmar Warehouse by Marianka Swain

Debbie Kurup's extensive musical theatre experience ranges fromChicago,West Side Story and Sister Act to originating roles inGirl from the North CountryandThe Bodyguard.She's currently playi…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

BWW Review: EMILIA, Vaudeville Theatre by Marianka Swain

We are only as powerful as the stories we tell. So proclaims poet and activist Emilia Bassano, as she wrestles back her own story in Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's 2018 Globe hit its raw, feminist, …

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

BWW Review: DOWNSTATE, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Pulitzer-winner Bruce Norris once again challenges audiences with a play built around a difficult topic in this case, asking whether paedophiles are irredeemable, how they should be punished…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Betrayal, Harold Pinter Theatre review - Tom Hiddleston anchors a bold, brooding revival by Marianka Swain

Jamie Lloyd locates the radical soul of a classic work The grand finale to Jamie Lloyd’s remarkable Pinter at the Pinter season is this starry production of one of the writer’s greatest …

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

BWW Review: ADMISSIONS, Trafalgar Studios by Marianka Swain

News emerged today that Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among 50 wealthy people charged in a college cheating scam dumbed 'Varsity Blues', in which they allegedly…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

CD Review: FOLLIES, 2018 National Theatre Cast Recording by Marianka Swain

The meticulous care of the National Theatre's production is continued in the soundtrack recording, demonstrating the collaborative brilliance of orchestrations from Jonathan Tunick and Josh …

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

BWW Review: WAITRESS, Adelphi Theatre by Marianka Swain

Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson's 2015 musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's film, about a small-town waitress who processes her feelings via her skilful baking, brings its sugar and spic…

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