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Sunday, April 30, 2017

BWW Review: THE TREATMENT, Almeida Theatre by Marianka Swain

Martin Crimp's 1993 play feels sharply contemporary in this slick revival from Lyndsey Turner, with its layered deconstruction of the way that we treat both art and life as commodities - and…

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BWW Interview: Actress Dawn Sievewright Talks OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR by Marianka Swain

Lee Hall's Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of Alan Warner's novelThe Sopranos, about a raucous group of teenage girls in Edinburgh for a choir competition, arrives in the West Endfoll…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

BWW Review: OBSESSION, Barbican by Marianka Swain

'Everybody wants passion,' says Ivo van Hove in the programme interview for his latest show, but in both tone and aesthetic, his take on this doomed romance is less red-hot fire of ardour, m…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BWW Interview: Carrie Hope Fletcher Talks THE ADDAMS FAMILY by Marianka Swain

Carrie Hope Fletcher has starred in numerous musicals, including Les Miserables, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and has also published two books. She's currently playing Wednesday…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

BWW Review: THE PHILANTHROPIST, Trafalgar Studios by Marianka Swain

Christopher Hampton's 1969 take on Moliere's The Misanthrope is often played with actors older than their characters, but director Simon Callow has recruited some of TV's bright young things…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BWW Interview: Kirsty Bushell On Playing Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe by Marianka Swain

Unusually, actress Kirsty Bushell comes to Juliet later in a stellar career her work includes everything from the title role inSalisbury Playhouse's Hedda GablertoDisgraced at Bush Theatre a…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Ticket Sale: 24% Off Tickets For THE MISER by Marianka Swain

Sean FoleydirectsGriff Rhys JonesandLee Mackin an adaptation of Moliere's classic comedyThe Miserat London's Garrick Theatre. Adapted by Foley andPhil Porter,The Miseris the rip-roaring come…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

BWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD, Leicester Square Theatre by Marianka Swain

Six-time Tony winner and reigning Queen of Broadway - plus 'Olivier Awardpresenter', jokes partner-in-crime Seth Rudetsky in his introduction though surely that's just a matter of time, with…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

BWW Review: THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Marianka Swain

The late, great Edward Albee is certainly having a West End 'moment', but it rather places this particular revival at a disadvantage, comparing unfavourably as it does with the shattering, u…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Timely revival of "42ND STREET" back at London's Drury Lane Theatre - 33 years later! by Marianka Swain

It's a joy to have the show back after 33 years in the Drury Lane its original London home. The script is secondary to RANDY SKINNER's whopping numbers!

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BWW Review: CONSENT, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Amidst the middle-class small talk between two couples, one reeling from the arrival of a new baby, comes a shocking confession 'I've been raping pensioners.' What kind of monsters are we de…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

BWW Review: 42ND STREET, Theatre Royal Drury Lane by Marianka Swain

The curtain rises just high enough to reveal a long line of tapping feet a thoroughly appropriate intro, as those feet are the real stars of the show. The plot might centre around a leading …

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BWW Review: POSH, Pleasance Theatre by Marianka Swain

When Laura Wade's Posh premiered at the Royal Court in 2010, its dark promise that these destructive student toffs - members of the Riot Club, a loosely fictional version of Oxford's Bulling…

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ANGELS IN AMERICA Leads April'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 mammoth Tony Kushner revival to an unusual Romeo and Juliet and tap…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

BWW Interview: Simon Russell Beale Talks Classical Music and THE SOLDIER'S TALE by Marianka Swain

Alongside a lauded acting career - he will reprise his Prospero when the RSC's The Tempest comes to the Barbican this summer - Simon Russell Beale has retained his passion for classical musi…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

BWW Review: DON JUAN IN SOHO, Wyndham's Theatre by Marianka Swain

The bad boy is back. Marber's Moliere update, which first appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in 2006, has been revived by the playwright for a West End run - David Tennant succeeding Rhys Ifan…

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BWW Interview: Playwright Rajiv Joseph On GUARDS AT THE TAJ by Marianka Swain

Rajiv Joseph's plays include Gruesome Playground Injuries, All This Intimacy and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. On screen, he's written for TV series Nurse Jac…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

BWW Interview: David Hunter Talks KINKY BOOTS by Marianka Swain

Actor and musician David Hunter's previous work includes Once,TommyandOne Man, Two Guvnors.He's currently starring as Charlie in the West End production ofKinky Boots.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

BWW Review: THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, Royal Court by Marianka Swain

While An American in Paris captures the dreamy glamour of old Hollywood, Simon McBurney rivetingly evokes its seedy, cynical underbelly, from backroom deals to drug busts and mobsters. Yet i…

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Ticket Deal: Save 43% On Tickets For STEPPING OUT by Marianka Swain

Maria Friedmandirects abrand new staging ofRichard Harris's award-winning play STEPPING OUT, which which toured UK venues last year and now plays at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre.Book ti…

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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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