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Thursday, October 18, 2018

BWW Review: STORIES, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Last year, Nina Raine had a National Theatre hit with Consent, which grilled deceit and empathy in both the legal system and relationships. Now, she turns her attention to a 39-year-old sing…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Company, Gielgud Theatre review - here's to a sensational musical rebirth by Marianka Swain

Marianne Elliott's gender-swapped Sondheim is a revelationThe most thrilling revivals interrogate a classic work, while revealing its fundamental soul anew. Marianne Elliott’s female…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

BWW Review: MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Donmar Warehouse by Marianka Swain

It's a MeToo-era Measure for Measure over at the Donmar, with Josie Rourke conducting a fascinating experiment abridging Shakespeare's problem play to just over an hour and running it twice,…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

BWW Interview: Miranda Larson Talks LITTLE BABY BUM LIVE by Marianka Swain

Miranda Larson is a writer and director for children's TV and theatre. Her current project is the stage version of the massively popular YouTube channel Little Baby Bum, which combines anima…

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BWW Review: I'M NOT RUNNING, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Britain's foremost political playwright David Hare returns with a new play examining the current state of the Labour Party. Or not exactly - this is a world with no Brexit, no Corbyn, nothin…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

BWW Review: THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM, Wyndham's Theatre by Marianka Swain

French playwright Florian Zeller returns, with another compelling puzzle box of a play - the only thing definite about it being the trademark definite article in the title. But anchoring the…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

BWW Interview: Daniel Rigby Talks A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by Marianka Swain

Daniel Rigby's work includesTwelfth Night,One Man, Two Guvnors, and his BAFTA-winning performance as Eric Morecambe. He's currently playing Bottom inA Midsummer Night's Dreamat Sheffield Cru…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

COMPANY Leads October'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 gender-flipped Sondheim to David Hare and Martin McDonagh, here are some of t…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

BWW Review: PINTER ONE and PINTER TWO, Harold Pinter Theatre by Marianka Swain

Jamie Lloyd is marking the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter's death in remarkable style with his Pinter at the Pinter season, staging all the great man's 20 short plays, plus some sketches …

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

BWW Interview: Lucas Rush Talks ROCK OF AGES by Marianka Swain

Lucas Rush's past work includesAmerican Idiot,We Will Rock You,GreaseandLes Miserables. He's currently playing Lonny in the UK tour of Eighties-tastic musicalRock of Ages, alongside a cast t…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Heathers The Musical, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - a sardonic take on teen angst by Marianka Swain

Death and all his frenemies descend on a vicious American high schoolThis London premiere of Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe’s 2010 musical (based on Daniel Waters’ oh-so-Eighties c…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

BWW Review: HOLY SH!T, Kiln Theatre by Marianka Swain

It's all change at the Kiln was Tricycle Theatre, with a 5.5 million redevelopment resulting in a bright, light, spacious and welcoming new building complete with a more obvious street pres…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Humans, Hampstead Theatre review - a riveting family portrait by Marianka Swain

Stephen Karam uses domestic drama to tell a contemporary American horror storyTransatlantic theatrical traffic is busier than ever, and now here at the Hampstead is not just Stephen Karam’…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

SYLVIA Hits Bumps in the West End, First Performance Turned Open Dress Cancelled by Marianka Swain

The buzz abounds for the new show hitting the West End, Sylvia, but the production is already facing trouble.

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BWW Review: DANCE NATION, Almeida Theatre by Marianka Swain

Wild, raw, hilarious and tender, Clare Barron's electrifying play - first seen in New York earlier this year - is a candid portrait of prepubescent girls, rare compared with the myriad male …

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

SYLVIA Leads September'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 hip-hop history lesson to Pinter and Shakespeare, here are some of this…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Little Shop of Horrors, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - monstrously entertaining by Marianka Swain

A blooming marvellous revival of a classic musicalThe resplendent partnership of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman – which produced Disney hits Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Me…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

BWW Review: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, Southwark Playhouse by Marianka Swain

There's an explosion of spirit and - yes - 'cheer face' at Southwark Playhouse, hosting the long-awaited UK premiere of this 2011 musical last year's national tour was sadly postponed. But E…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Vaudeville Theatre by Marianka Swain

Classic Spring's year-long season ends with Wilde gone wild a free love riot that yanks the homosexual subtext into text, with everyone from masters and servants to, er, the long-lost brothe…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

BWW Interview: Jeremy Swift Talks THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Marianka Swain

Jeremy Swift is well known to TV audiences as Septimus Spratt on Downton Abbey. On the big screen, he's appeared in Polanski's Oliver Twist and Altman's Gosford Park, and will shortly be see…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

BWW Review: HOME, I'M DARLING, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

The first thing we see is Anna Fleischle's Fifties-tastic giant doll's-house set each period-perfect room bathed in a different twinkling hue, flowers painted onto the brick wall, and jaunty…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

OTHELLO Leads August'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 starry Shakespeare and a new musical to family entertainment, here are some o…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

BWW Review: SPAMILTON, Menier Chocolate Factory by Marianka Swain

Gerard Alessandrini is not throwing away his shot. The creator of satirical revue Forbidden Broadway realised that the unprecedented success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical warranted a stand…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

BWW Review: ALLELUJAH!, Bridge Theatre by Marianka Swain

This highly anticipated new play from 84-year-old Alan Bennett premieres at the Bridge, continuing his long-standing relationship with Nicholas Hytner. It's an exciting get, and there are wo…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

BWW Interview: Damian Humbley Talks SPAMILTON by Marianka Swain

Australian actor Damian Humbley's past work includes Merrily We Roll Along,The Woman in White andThe Last 5 Years.He's currently starring inSpamilton, an affectionate spoof of the all-conque…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

BWW Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Through one family and one company, Italian playwright Stefano Massini tackles big topics the development of Western capitalism, the immigrant experience, the American Dream. But this isn't …

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Leads July'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 theatrical epic to Shakespeare and musical spoof, here are some of this…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

BWW Interview: Director Emily Lim Talks PERICLES at the National Theatre by Marianka Swain

This August, a company of over 200 people from across London joins forces at the National Theatre to perform a new musical version of Shakespeare's Pericles.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The King and I, London Palladium review - the classic musical reborn with modern sensibilities by Marianka Swain

A golden production helmed by the incomparable Kelli O'HaraShall we dodge? (One, two, three) No, the brilliance of Bartlett Sher’s Tony-winning Lincoln Center revival – first seen o…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fun Home, Young Vic review - a simply sublime musical memoir by Marianka Swain

Alison Bechdel's graphic novel becomes achingly intimate theatreIt seems only too fitting that David Lan’s luminous reign at the Young Vic should draw to a close with this bold, creat…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

BWW: KISS ME, KATE, London Coliseum by Marianka Swain

Cole Porter's 1948 love letter to showbiCole Porter's 1948 love letter to showbiz is brilliantly served by Opera North's big, bold and bawdy production - both soaringly romantic and packed w…

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