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Friday, December 8, 2017

BWW Review: CELL MATES, Hampstead Theatre by Marianka Swain

Offstage drama infamously hijacked the 1995 premiere of Simon Gray's play, with star Stephen Fry walking out mid-run - hastening the production's early closing. Here, then, is a chance to pu…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

BWW Review: BARNUM, Menier Chocolate Factory by Marianka Swain

The Menier has a superb track record with breathing new life into classic musicals, but falls short with their latest revival Cy Coleman's 1980 portrait of P.T. Barnum, creator of The Great…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HAMILTON: The Ultimate Guide by Marianka Swain

Hamilton finally makes its UK debut at the Victoria Palace Theatre tomorrow night. Need a quick primer on the musical phenomenon Here's the lowdown

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

BWW Interview: Lucie Shorthouse On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE by Marianka Swain

Actress Lucie Shorthouse stars in new musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which transferred from Sheffield to the West End's Apollo Theatre - garnering rave reviews, including plenty of…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

HAMILTON Leads December'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 feverishly anticipated musical to sci-fi and Shakespeare, here are some of …

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

BWW Interview: Actress Lizzy Connolly Talks THE TWILIGHT ZONE by Marianka Swain

Lizzy Connolly's past work includes On the Town, The Wild Party, Once in a Lifetime and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She's now tackling Anne Washburn's adaptation of TV classic The Twilight Zone…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre review - inclusive and utterly joyful by Marianka Swain

It's a triumphant West End transfer for this big-hearted British musical Everybody’s been talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie since its Sheffield Crucible debut earlier th…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BWW Interview: Nicholas Hytner Discusses BALANCING ACTS by Marianka Swain

Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre in London, discusses his memoir BALANCING ACTS and new Bridge Theatre

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BWW Review: NETWORK, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

News as showbiz, entire networks and even a reality TV President fuelled by articulating popular rage, and gradual corporate dehumanisation we are now living Paddy Chayefsky's satirical dyst…

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BroadwayWorld's Top Christmas Picks For London Theatre by Marianka Swain

Christmas is upon us, and the capital, as usual, is serving up a veritable feast of festive offerings. Here are some of London's finest

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Monday, November 13, 2017

BWW Interview: Josie Walker On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE by Marianka Swain

Josie Walker's work ranges from Matilda the Musical to Husband amp Sons and War Horse. She's now starring in a new musical based on the real story of 16-year-old Jamie Campbell, who wanted t…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

BWW Review: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, Playhouse Theatre by Marianka Swain

David Mamet's Pulitzer-winning play, which premiered at the National in 1983, in back in London in a star-studded, pugilistic revival from Sam Yates. Though kept firmly in period, it's not h…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

BWW Review: BIG FISH, The Other Palace by Marianka Swain

Based on Daniel Wallace's novel and Tim Burton's 2003 film adaptation, this musical is quite the oddity. Screenwriter John August has tinkered with the book since its brief Broadway run in 2…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Leads November'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 new British musical to starry Mamet and cheeky burlesque, here are some of …

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

BWW Interview: David Oakes Talks VENUS IN FUR by Marianka Swain

David Oakes's past roles range from The Borgias and Victoria to Shakespeare in Love. He's currently playing opposite Natalie Dormer in dark comedy Venus in Fur at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BWW Review: THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE, Hampstead Theatre by Marianka Swain

We're back in the world of ration books, blackouts and spam fritters, as Nicholas Wright delves into the home front via his adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's 1947 novel. Though there's a cert…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

BWW Review: YOUNG MARX, Bridge Theatre by Marianka Swain

Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr's enterprise is certainly an historic one The Bridge is London's first new wholly commercial theatre in 80 years. If its opening play isn't the same landmark w…

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Friday, October 27, 2017

BWW Interview: Fenella Woolgar Talks THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE by Marianka Swain

Actress Fenella Woolgar's work ranges from Handbagged and Circle Mirror Transformation to Home Fires and Doctor Who. She's currently starring in the stage adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's Th…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

BWW Review: AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH, London Palladium by Marianka Swain

The words 'an intimate evening with' may seem at odds with the cavernous Palladium. But leave it to the pint-sized Broadway legend with the huge voice to work her magic on the space. Somehow…

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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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