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Thursday, October 19, 2017

BWW Interview: Paula Garfield On 15 Years Of Deafinitely Theatre by Marianka Swain

Marking the 15th anniversary of pioneering company Deafinitely Theatre, Artistic Director Paula Garfield is directing a new production of Mike Bartlett's Contractions. It runs at New Diorama…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BWW Review: ALBION, Almeida Theatre by Marianka Swain

The urge to present state-of-the-nation plays following the Brexit vote is understandable, even vital, but has produced decidedly mixed results. Thankfully, Mike Bartlett's empathetic Chekho…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - pain and pleasure in a starry two-hander by Marianka Swain

It's Fifty Shades of Auditioning in this tricksy erotic comedy A hit on Broadway, David Ives’s steamy two-hander now boasts Natalie Dormer and David Oakes, well-known for their screen…

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BWW Review: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, Vaudeville Theatre by Marianka Swain

Dominic Dromgoole's new company Classic Spring kicks off its year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde with lesser-known 1893 work A Woman of No Importance. A starry cast, led by the incandescent…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

BWW Review: BEGINNING, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

It seems to be the week for notable romcom two-handers. Joining Simon Stephens' Heisenberg and David Ireland's The End of Hope is David Eldridge's meditation on the loneliness and halting lo…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

BWW Interview: Emma Fielding On A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE by Marianka Swain

Actress Emma Fielding's work ranges from Arcadia, Private Lives and The King's Speech to Terror and The School for Scandal. She's now playing Mrs Allonby in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Impor…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BWW Review: HEISENBERG: THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE, Wyndham's Theatre by Marianka Swain

For the premiere work of new company Elliott amp Harper Productions, director Marianne Elliott got the Curious Incident band back together, from playwright Simon Stephens to her acclaimed cr…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Lie, Menier Chocolate Factory review - fake news, real feeling by Marianka Swain

The war on facts takes marital form in Florian Zeller's comedyA year after premiering acclaimed French playwright Florian Zeller’s The Truth, London’s Menier Chocolate Factory now h…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

BWW Interview: Susan Stroman On Bringing YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN To London by Marianka Swain

Multi-award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman is helming the West End premiere of Young Frankenstein, the stage musical version of Mel Brooks's beloved movie. It's currently i…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

BWW Review: LABOUR OF LOVE, Noel Coward Theatre by Marianka Swain

With This House enjoying an acclaimed revival last year, and Almeida hit Ink now situated just metres away from new offering Labour of Love on St Martin's Lane, the West End currently belong…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

BWW Review: JANE EYRE, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Three years after its Bristol Old Vic debut, Sally Cookson's fervently theatrical reimagining of Charlotte Bront 's novel returns to the National Theatre as part of a UK tour with a new ca…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

LABOUR OF LOVE Leads October's Top 10 New London Shows by Marianka Swain

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether epic West End shows or bold fringe offerings. From political drama to immersive Agatha Christie and the unveiling of a new venue, here a…

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

BWW Interview: Director Sally Cookson Talks JANE EYRE by Marianka Swain

Sally Cookson's past work includes inventive adaptations of Peter Pan, Hetty Feather and La Strada. Her acclaimed version of Jane Eyre, which first appeared at Bristol Old Vic in 2014, compl…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BWW Review: WINGS, Young Vic by Marianka Swain

Emily Stilson Juliet Stevenson is suspended in a void. She analyses this strange situation with wry perspicacity and occasional breathless panic. She's a prisoner, a specimen. She's fallen, …

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Monday, September 18, 2017

BWW Review: OSLO, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

We need more waffles in diplomacy. Or rather more personal connections to bridge those vast divides. So believed the Norwegian couple who orchestrated secret peace talks in 1993 between Isra…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

BWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, Marble Arch Theatre by Marianka Swain

New Orleans comes to Marble Arch via this energetic revival of Clarke Peters' 1990 tribute to 'The King of the Jukebox', swing and blues bandleader Louis Jordan. Occupying a new pop-up, circ…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BWW Interview: Kristin Chenoweth On Performing At London Palladium by Marianka Swain

Kristin Chenoweth's work ranges from Wickedand On the Twentieth CenturytoThe West Wing,Pushing Daisies and Glee,plus numerous albums and concerts. British fans will have a chance to see her …

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Monday, September 11, 2017

BWW Interview: Ben Lewis Talks THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Marianka Swain

Ben Lewis's past work includesForbidden Broadway andCandideat Menier Chocolate Factory,Annie Get Your Gunat Sheffield Crucible, and playing The Phantom in the original Australian production …

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

BWW Review: FOLLIES, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Theatre has a long memory. Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical has been through myriad incarnations, donning and shedding numbers, an interval, an ill-conceived upbeat ending, …

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BWW Interview: Ria Jones Talks SUNSET BOULEVARD by Marianka Swain

Ria Jones has starred in numerous musicals, including Evita, Chess, Cats and Les Miserables. She's now reprising her acclaimed performance as Norma Desmond in the UK tour of Sunset Boulevard…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

FOLLIES Leads September's Top 10 New London Shows by Marianka Swain

London is never short of theatre temptations, whetherWest End epics or bold fringe offerings. From starry Sondheim to political plays and a new Florian Zeller, here are some of this month's …

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

BWW Interview: Carley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLES by Marianka Swain

Carley Stenson's work includes Hollyoaks, Shrek The Musical, Legally Blonde, Spamalot and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She's currently starring as Fantine in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatr…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

BWW Review: AGAINST, Almeida Theatre by Marianka Swain

The incident tent, the police tape a sickeningly familiar sight, made fresh yet again by the tragic events of this week. But that very familiarity, and the tendency of one event to be swiftl…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

BWW Interview: LET IT SHINE Winners Talk Take That Musical THE BAND by Marianka Swain

New Take That musicalThe Band, co-created with Tim Firth, begins its national tour at Manchester Opera House on 8 September. Cast members AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, …

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

BWW Review: APOLOGIA, Trafalgar Studios by Marianka Swain

Back in 2009, Alexi Kaye Campbell followed up his bold first play The Pride with Apologia, which follows the well-trodden path of a fraught family reunion where past grievances stalk the pre…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

APOLOGIA Leads August's Top 10 New London Shows by Marianka Swain

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a starry drama to musical revivals and family-friendly fun, here are …

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Monday, July 31, 2017

BWW Review: ROAD, Royal Court by Marianka Swain

Thirty years on from its birth at the Royal Court, Jim Cartwright's northern, working-class battle cry returns in a revival from John Tiffany which, though initially stodgy, has an accumulat…

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Thursday, July 27, 2017


Britain's most beloved diarist give or take a Bridget Jones comes to London in chamber musical form in a new adaptation created with the late Sue Townsend's blessing. Jake Brunger and Pippa …

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BWW Interview: Emma Hatton On Bringing EVITA To The West End by Marianka Swain

Actress and singer Emma Hatton's previous work includes We Will Rock You and Wicked. She's now starring inAndrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's iconic musicalEvita, which returns to the West En…

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BWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, Old Vic by Marianka Swain

Defiantly rejecting the standard jukebox model, Conor McPherson's much-anticipated new work mining the back catalogue of Bob Dylan is labelled 'a play with songs' - or perhaps that should be…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BWW Review: MOSQUITOES, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Olivia Williams and Olivia Colman are shattering as two warring sisters in Lucy Kirkwood's epic

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