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Monday, January 21, 2019

Violet, Charing Cross Theatre review - Jeanine Tesori's faith musical is a gentle pleasure by Marianka Swain

This intimate work unveils the miracle of acceptanceFollowing Caroline, or Change and Fun Home, the UK is blessed with another work from American composer Jeanine Tesori – this the British…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Aspects of Love, Southwark Playhouse review - discourse keeps passion at bay by Marianka Swain

An intimate Andrew Lloyd Webber revival lays bare both strengths and weaknesses“Love Changes Everything”, as immortalised by Michael Ball, is the most enduring feature of Andrew Lloyd We…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

BWW Review: PINTER FIVE and PINTER SIX, Harold Pinter Theatre by Marianka Swain

Jamie Lloyd's star-studded season of short Pinter plays continues with two more intriguing productions one directed by Patrick Marber, the other by Lloyd himself. Among the subjects this tim…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

ASPECTS OF LOVE Leads January'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 Cate Blanchett's UK stage debut to a reborn Andrew Lloyd Webber, here are som…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Fiddler on the Roof, Menier Chocolate Factory review - family matters in this sensitive musical revival by Marianka Swain

Trevor Nunn's intimate staging provides a soulful seasonal outingThere’s a welcome alternative to panto hijinks in this gem of a Trevor Nunn musical revival – more attuned to the bi…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

TRUE WEST Leads December'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. We've already posted our Christmas picks, and now here are some of this month's mo…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Book Review: DRAMATIC EXCHANGES, ed. Daniel Rosenthal by Marianka Swain

This fascinating tome offers an insider's history of the National Theatre, via some 800 letters exchanged between Artistic Directors, actors, directors, playwrights, politicians, agents, cri…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

BWW Interview: Robert North Talks THE SNOWMAN by Marianka Swain

It's a record-breaking 21st year at the Peacock Theatre forThe Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs' beloved creation, with music from Howard Blake including the iconic 'Walking in the Air', cho…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

BroadwayWorld's Top Christmas Picks For London Theatre by Marianka Swain

There are plenty of seasonal treats served up in the capital this year, from pantos and plays to opera and dance. Here are some of the tastiest morsels for the 2018-19 festive period.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hadestown, National Theatre review - new folk musical is hotter than hell by Marianka Swain

An alternative take on a classic myth produces sizzling resultsThe road to full musical theatre production has been a long one for Hadestown. It began back in 2006, with Anaïs Mitchell’s …

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BWW Interview: Hayden Tee On Playing Miss Trunchbull in MATILDA THE MUSICAL by Marianka Swain

Hayden Tee's extensive musical theatrework includes playing both Marius and Javert inLes Miserables, as wellas South Pacific,TitanicandLittle Women. He's currently starring as Miss Trunchbul…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

BWW Review: PINTER THREE and PINTER FOUR, Harold Pinter Theatre by Marianka Swain

Jamie Lloyd's 10-anniversary season of Pinter which kicked off in style earlier this autumn continues with two more batches of miniatures - from familiar shorts like A Kind of Alaska to sket…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

BWW Review: WHITE TEETH, Kiln Theatre by Marianka Swain

A few protestors might be doggedly hanging on outside the Kiln was Tricycle Theatre, but their complaints are firmly refuted by its current show a vibrant adaptation of Zadie Smith's award-w…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

BWW Interview: Actress Gugwana Dlamini Talks THE LION KING by Marianka Swain

South African actressGugwana Dlamini has a long history with Disney'sThe Lion King, from the original animated movie through to performances in the stage show around the world.She discusses …

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Monday, October 29, 2018

BWW Interview: Andrew Burnap Talks THE INHERITANCE by Marianka Swain

American actor Andrew Burnap is currently starring inMatthew Lopez's acclaimedThe Inheritance, which debuted at the Young Vic and is now playing at the Noel Coward Theatre.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

HADESTOWN Leads November'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 new musicals to Shakespeare, Pinter and Magic Mike, here are some of this mon…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

BWW Review: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER, Bridge Theatre by Marianka Swain

Hot off award-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and reunited with Matthew Dunster, who directed his hit Hangmen, Martin McDonagh brings his latest to the Bridge - quite…

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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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