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Friday, May 18, 2018

BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT/HAMLET, Shakespeare's Globe by Marianka Swain

Michelle Terry's first season as Artistic Director of the Globe will be carefully scrutinised. Emma Rice's contentious exit raised important questions about the venue's purpose, its balancin…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Central School Issues Statement In Response To Protests by Marianka Swain

Students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama recently organised a walkout 'for equity, diversity and inclusion', protesting the institution's inequalities and comments made by …

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Red, Wyndham's Theatre - Mark Rothko drama paints a vivid picture by Marianka Swain

Alfred Molina gives a towering performance as the self-absorbed artistThe band’s back together. Alfred Molina plays Rothko for the third time in Michael Grandage’s revisiting of John Log…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Central Students Organise Walk Out for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by Marianka Swain

Tomorrow, Friday 11 May, at 315pm, students fromThe Royal Central School of Speech and Drama have arranged a peaceful protest outside the institution.

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BWW Review: DESCRIBE THE NIGHT, Hampstead Theatre by Marianka Swain

American playwright Rajiv Joseph's latest certainly doesn't lack for ambition, spanning 90 years, three countries, and mixing history and fiction in its form to make a point about, well, mix…

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

BWW Review: AN IDEAL HUSBAND, Vaudeville Theatre by Marianka Swain

Classic Spring's third Oscar Wilde production gains extra piquancy from Amber Rudd's resignation - dealing, as it does, with political scandal and social hypocrisy. It's another facet for Jo…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review: MOOD MUSIC, Old Vic by Marianka Swain

Gendered power dynamics, the commodification of art, and abuse in the creative industries Joe Penhall's new play certainly feels of the moment, and there's a particular frisson in seeing suc…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

BWW Review: CHESS, London Coliseum by Marianka Swain

Chess, by Tim Rice and ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, hasn't had a major West End revival since its Eighties heyday, but it's back with a bang in a semi-staged production that fea…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

RED 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. Frommeaty revivals to the open-air theatres opening their doors, here are some of …

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Central School Principal Clarifies Comments On #MeToo And Student Diversity by Marianka Swain

Some students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Dramaraised concerns following remarks by its principalGavin Henderson during a QampA at a recent event,Dear White Central.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

BWW Review: ABSOLUTE HELL, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

The original version of Rodney Ackland's provocative work, The Pink Room, had a bruising reception back in 1952, losing thousands for investor Terence Rattigan amidst furious reviews. Since …

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BWW Review: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, Piccadilly Theatre by Marianka Swain

Love is in the air, and revolution too. Baz Luhrmann's beloved 1992 film originally a student play, now back on stage as a musical is even more adamantly anti-establishment in this latest in…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre review - the Meat Loaf musical returns, batty as ever by Marianka Swain

The booming behemoth is right at home in We Will Rock You’s old digsBack by feverishly popular demand, Jim Steinman’s mega-musical is no longer in danger of alarming unsuspecting operago…

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BWW Review: CHICAGO, Phoenix Theatre by Marianka Swain

Chicago's hit West End revival which featured a constant revolving door of big names closed in 2012 after almost 15 years. Now, it returns with the requisite stunt casting Cuba Gooding Jr,…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tina, Aldwych Theatre review - new Tina Turner bio-musical is simply OK by Marianka Swain

★★★ TINA, ALDWYCH THEATRE - new Tina Turner bio-musical is simply OKPowerhouse Adrienne Warren is the saving grace of a show that plays it safeIt is, perhaps, a tale that suffers from …

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Friday, March 30, 2018

BWW Interview: Emma Williams Talks AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN by Marianka Swain

Emma Williams's past work includesChitty Chitty Bang Bang, Half a Sixpence,Mrs Henderson PresentsandLove Story.She's currently starring in a new musical version of the iconic Richard Gere fi…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

TINA 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 a buzzy new musical to returning favourites, here are some of this month's mo…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

BWW Interview: Bunny Christie and Tony Grech-Smith On the JULIUS CAESAR NT Live Broadcast by Marianka Swain

On 22 March, the Bridge Theatre's production of Julius Caesar - directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey, David Calder and Michelle Fairley - will be broadcast v…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BWW Interview: Jonny Labey Talks STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL by Marianka Swain

Jonny Labey's past work ranges from EastEndersand winning TV showDance Dance DancetoWhite Christmasand In the Heightson stage. He's now starring as rebellious Scott inStrictly Ballroom The M…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

BWW Interview: Adrian Lester Talks TRAUMA by Marianka Swain

Adrian Lester stars opposite John Simm in new psychological thrillerTrauma, as - respectively - a top surgeon and the father of a boy who dies after an unsuccessful operation, and who holds …

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

BWW Review: CRAZY FOR YOU, New Wimbledon Theatre by Marianka Swain

The UK tour of Gershwin musicalCrazy for Youhas reached its London leg, and is still in fine, energetic form. Originally a Depression-era work, it joins retro pleasures like42nd Streetin pro…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Summer and Smoke, Almeida Theatre - exquisite renaissance of Tennessee Williams's neglected play by Marianka Swain

Patsy Ferran anchors a radiant coming-of-age taleThat this 1948 Tennessee Williams play is rarely performed seems nothing short of a travesty, thanks to the awe-inspiring case made for it by…

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Summer and Smoke, Almeida Theatre - exquisite renaissance of Tennessee Williams's neglected play by Marianka Swain

★★★★★ SUMMER AND SMOKE, ALMEIDA THEATRE Exquisite renaissance of Tennessee Williams's neglected playPatsy Ferran anchors a radiant coming-of-age taleThat this 1948 Tennessee Willia…

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BWW Review: MACBETH, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

We begin and end with a grisly decapitation. And that's rather the problem with this intermittently engaging Macbeth, which starts in the throes of some unspecified dystopian hellscape, and …

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The National Theatre's MACBETH Leads March'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 Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams to a new epic and a lush romance, here are…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BWW Review: FROZEN, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Marianka Swain

No, it's not that Frozen - although the immortal words 'Let it go' do appear in the second half. Otherwise this is a far cry from the Disney juggernaut. Bryony Lavery's 1998 play deals with …

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

BWW Review: GIRLS & BOYS, Royal Court by Marianka Swain

'It just seems to be a thing that we do, this incomprehensible violence thing.' So says the narrator of Dennis Kelly's new one-woman play, performed in a staggering tour-de-force by Carey Mu…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Leads February'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 O'Neill and flamencoto punk and Pippin, here are some of this month's most ey…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

BWW Review: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Wyndham's Theatre by Marianka Swain

Though a long journey indeed, Richard Eyre's is a vital revival, giving vigour to Eugene O'Neill's mighty, semi-autobiographical work and making all the more poignant this tormented but fast…

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Friday, February 2, 2018

BWW Review: DRY POWDER, Hampstead Theatre by Marianka Swain

Inequality is a hot topic for dramatists, but Sarah Burgess's deliciously dark comedy comes at it from a surprising perspective allowing those high-finance gorgons to have their say. Of cour…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

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

'Heads.' One word, and one coin toss, decides which roles Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams will play on the night the titular Mary, or her rival Elizabeth I. Last night Williams took the la…

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