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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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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

BWW Review: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, Donmar Warehouse by Marianka Swain

The bells, the bells They're ringing out at the Donmar - ushering girls into class, and nuns into cloister. It's one of the creative ways in which director Polly Findlay reframes this belove…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

BWW Review: JULIE, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

Polly Stenham's updating of Strindberg's Miss Julie moves the action to contemporary London, and finds both contempt and sympathy for this new version of the idle rich. But, shorn of its 19t…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

BWW Review: TRANSLATIONS, National Theatre by Marianka Swain

It begins with deep breathing, in order to access words that hold unimaginable power. And Ian Rickson's exquisite production of Brian Friel's masterpiece maintains that space throughout for …

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

FUN HOME Leads June'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 ground-breaking musical to a mighty modern classic, here are some of this m…

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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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