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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BWW Interview: Director Michael Blakemore Talks Musical THE LIFE by Marianka Swain

Michael Blakemore's stellar directing career encompasses everything from landmark productions at the National, where he was associate director, to West End and Broadway hits. He was the firs…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Dominion Theatre by Marianka Swain

It's 1945, and Paris is shakily emerging from Nazi occupation - celebrating, yes, with soldiers returning and families reuniting, but also confronting collaborators in their midst and post-w…

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BWW Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS, Menier Chocolate Factory by Marianka Swain

In 1944, Terence Rattigan substantially revised Less Than Kind at the behest of star theatrical couple the Lunts the result was the less political, more overtly comic Love in Idleness. Now, …

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Monday, March 20, 2017

BWW Interview: Archie Madekwe On THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? by Marianka Swain

Archie Madekwe's screen credits includeFresh Meatand filmsLegacyandSecond Coming. He's now making his professional stage debut inThe Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, Edward Albee's darkly comic maste…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BWW Interview: Tom Lister Talks West End Revival of 42ND STREET by Marianka Swain

Actor Tom Lister is best known for playing Carl King onEmmerdale, but he's also amassed a number of stage credits, includingLegally Blonde,Calamity JaneandWater Babies. He's currently starri…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BWW Review: STEPPING OUT, Vaudeville Theatre by Marianka Swain

Never mind stepping out - the real wonder of this production is Anna-Jane Casey stepping in for the injured Tamzin Outhwaite at short notice. It's a plot twist worthy of the backstage shenan…

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BWW Interview: Artistic Director Madani Younis On The Bush Theatre's Reopening by Marianka Swain

This week, London's Bush Theatre reopens following a 4.3 million capital project. The building's revitalisation sees it become more sustainable and entirely accessible, with a new entrance, …

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Monday, March 13, 2017

BWW Interview: Hadley Fraser On His Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Show by Marianka Swain

Hadley Fraser's work ranges from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera to Coriolanus at the Donmar and The Winter's Tale at the Garrick. He's collaborated with pianist Will Butterworth on …

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

BWW Review: MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

How quickly should art respond to events The National's Great Britain opened right on the heels of the 2014 phone-hacking trial, and here again the theatre is speedy with this response to th…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Harold Pinter Theatre by Marianka Swain

Much has been written about the snack ban instigated by this Edward Albee revival at the behest of its star, Imelda Staunton. No problems on that score with performances of such scorching in…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

BWW Interview: Arthur Darvill Talks UK Premiere of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS by Marianka Swain

Arthur Darvill's work ranges from TV shows like Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Legends of Tomorrow to starring in Once in the West End and on Broadway, as well as composing music for projects l…

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Fifty years on, Tom Stoppard's absurdist tragicomedy is back in the theatre where it had its professional premiere, and still just as dazzlingly virtuosic. If some of its gags, musings and m…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

BWW Interview: Anthony Head Talks BUFFY and LOVE IN IDLENESS by Marianka Swain

Anthony Head's diverse work ranges from popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin, Little Britain and Doctor Who to theatre work like Ticking, Six Degrees of Separation and The Rock…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BWW Interview: Rachel Tucker On Her First Solo Tour by Marianka Swain

Actress and singer Rachel Tucker has impressed in leading musical theatre roles both in the West End and on Broadway, including Wicked, We Will Rock You and The Last Ship. She's also perform…

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BWW Interview: Laura Pitt-Pulford Talks NELL GWYNN by Marianka Swain

Jessica Swale's account of Nell Gwynn premiered at Shakespeare Globe's in 2013and then enjoyed a West End run, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gemma Arterton respectively playing Nell. Now it's the…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

20 At ?20: Find Ticket Offers For Major London Shows by Marianka Swain

This month, find great ticket offers on major London shows - we've got 20 productions with tickets at or under 20

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

BWW Review: UGLY LIES THE BONE, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Jess strolls through fresh powder. Behind her is a gleaming glass lake, ahead snow-capped mountains dotted with handsome fir trees. More snow twinkles in the inky heavens like jewelled stars…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Show of the Month: Over 35% Off Tickets For KINKY BOOTS by Marianka Swain

There are some great ticket deals for KINKY BOOTS at the Adelphi Theatre this month, with up to 37 off. Book here from just 20

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD Leads March'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. Fromstarry Stoppard and Marber revivals to toe-tapping musicals and Elena …

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Such Fun! Book Now To See Miranda Hart In ANNIE by Marianka Swain

Multi-award-winning comedy writer, actor and authorMiranda Hartwill make her West End Theatre debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie opening in the West End in May 2017. Previews at the Piccadilly …

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Monday, February 27, 2017

BWW Review: SPEECH & DEBATE, Trafalgar Studios by Marianka Swain

The misfits shall inherit the earth. This enjoyably offbeat play from Stephen Karam whose The Humanswon the Tony for Best Play last year opened Off-Broadway a decade ago, but the arrival of …

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Tickets Now For CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Marianka Swain

Tickets are now on sale for CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, starring Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell as Maggie and Brick. Benedict Andrews' Young Vic production will being previews in the West End a…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Suffused with grief and unrequited love, Twelfth Night is often played as an anti-comedy - more melancholy than mirthful. Not so in Simon Godwin's brash, gender-bending, utterly joyful rende…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BWW Review: THE GIRLS, Phoenix Theatre by Marianka Swain

Tim Firth can't keep away from the Calendar Girls. Following the 2003 film and 2008 play, he's back again adapting the real-life story of Yorkshire WI heroines stripping off for a charity ca…

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Book Presale Tickets Now For Michael Ball and Alfie Boe at Greenwich Music Time by Marianka Swain

Following the success of their platinum-selling album Together, which entered the UK charts at number 2 on its release last November, before going on to be the biggest selling album of 2016 …

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BWW Interview: Actress Kate Fleetwood Talks UGLY LIES THE BONE by Marianka Swain

Kate Fleetwood's varied career encompasses everything from musicals London Road and High Society to Macbeth and Medea. She's currently starring in American writer Lindsey Ferrentino's play a…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Photo Flash: Gary Barlow & More at THE GIRLS Gala Opening by Marianka Swain

Last night, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical THE GIRLS held a gala opening night in aid ofcharity Bloodwise. Guests at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End included Phillip Schofield, …

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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Wild Party, The Other Palace by Marianka Swain

THE WILD PARTY, THE OTHER PALACE Gin, skin and sin in a scorching production of a slight musicalGin, skin and sin in a scorching production of a slight musicalThe Other Palace’s housewarmi…

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Photo Flash: Amber Riley, Billie Piper & More At WhatsOnStage Awards by Marianka Swain

Last night, winners were announcedat London's Prince of Wales Theatre for the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, celebrating the best of the UK's theatre over the past year, as voted for by th…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

CURSED CHILD Wins Record Eight Prizes At 17th WhatsOnStage Awards by Marianka Swain

The winners were announced this evening at the Prince of Wales Theatre for the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, presented by Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone, celebrating the best of the UK's th…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

BWW Interview: Composer and Lyricist Robert J Sherman Talks BUMBLESCRATCH by Marianka Swain

Composer and lyricist Robert J Sherman's work includes musicals Love Birds and Bumblescratch. The latter, set during the Great Plague and Great Fire of London and told from a perspective of …

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