Marianka Swain

Marianka Swain Marianka Swain is the UK Editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld. A London-based theatre critic and arts journalist, she also contributes to several other outlets, including the Ham & High and Islington Gazette newspapers, Dancing Times magazine and theartsdesk. You can find more of her work at www.mkmswain.com or follow her on Twitter @mkmswain


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Posted: Feb. 13, 2017


BWW Interview: Actress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIESActress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIES
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BWW Review: DON JUAN IN SOHO, Wyndham's TheatreBWW Review: DON JUAN IN SOHO, Wyndham's Theatre
March 30, 2017

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 Ifans as the titular seducer.

BWW Interview: David Hunter Talks KINKY BOOTSBWW Interview: David Hunter Talks KINKY BOOTS
March 27, 2017

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.

BWW Review: THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, Royal CourtBWW Review: THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, Royal Court
March 24, 2017

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 it is, in its own way, just as dazzling - a paean to Tinseltown myth-making as well as a blackly comic deconstruction.

Ticket Deal: Save 43% On Tickets For STEPPING OUTTicket Deal: Save 43% On Tickets For STEPPING OUT
March 24, 2017

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 tickets here from 20

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Dominion TheatreBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Dominion Theatre
March 21, 2017

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-war deprivation. Amidst this turmoil, two future lovers meet: an encounter of seismic power.

BWW Interview: Director Michael Blakemore Talks Musical THE LIFEBWW Interview: Director Michael Blakemore Talks Musical THE LIFE
March 22, 2017

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 first director to win a Tony Award for both Best Director of a Play and a Musical in the same year (for Michael Frayn's Copenhagen and Kiss, Me Kate). Now, he's helming the long-awaited UK premiere of Cy Coleman musical The Life - a gritty exploration of 1980s New York's underbelly - which he first directed on Broadway in 1997. The show begins previews at Southwark Playhouse on 25 March.

BWW Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS, Menier Chocolate FactoryBWW Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS, Menier Chocolate Factory
March 21, 2017

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, Trevor Nunn inspired by Dan Rebellato's introduction in a Nick Hern Books edition of the two versions has synthesised them, to intriguing and largely successful effect.

BWW Interview: Archie Madekwe On THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?BWW Interview: Archie Madekwe On THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
March 20, 2017

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 masterpiece about a successful family man who embarks on a shocking love affair. Ian Rickson's revival also features Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo and Jason Hughes, and begins previews at Theatre Royal Haymarketon 24 March.

BWW Interview: Playwright Rajiv Joseph On GUARDS AT THE TAJBWW Interview: Playwright Rajiv Joseph On GUARDS AT THE TAJ
March 30, 2017

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 Jackie and feature film Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. His 2015 play Guards at the Taj, about two imperial guards in 17th-century India handed a gruesome decree, has its European premiere at the Bush Theatre, directed by Jamie Lloyd, beginning previews on 7 April.

BWW Interview: Tom Lister Talks West End Revival of 42ND STREETBWW Interview: Tom Lister Talks West End Revival of 42ND STREET
March 15, 2017

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 starring in the West End revival of42nd Street, alongside Sheena Easton, Clare Halse and Stuart Neal. The show begins previews on 20 March.

BWW Review: STEPPING OUT, Vaudeville TheatreBWW Review: STEPPING OUT, Vaudeville Theatre
March 14, 2017

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 shenanigans in Richard Harris's genial 1984 play about the members of a weekly tap class, and Casey's superb turn - and smooth integration into the ensemble - equally in keeping with its triumphant community spirit.

BWW Interview: Artistic Director Madani Younis On The Bush Theatre's ReopeningBWW Interview: Artistic Director Madani Younis On The Bush Theatre's Reopening
March 14, 2017

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, front-of-house area and garden terrace, improved rehearsal and dressing room facilities, an expanded main auditorium, and a new 70-seat studio space - a home for emerging artists and producers. Madani Younis, Artistic Director since 2012, discusses his hopes for the Bush.

BWW Interview: Hadley Fraser On His Tony Bennett/Bill Evans ShowBWW Interview: Hadley Fraser On His Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Show
March 13, 2017

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 a show that imagines Tony Bennett and Bill Evans did a third album together; the result is a mix of jazz, Broadway and contemporary classics, performed at Zedel on 1 April.

BWW Review: MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS, National TheatreBWW Review: MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS, National Theatre
March 12, 2017

How quickly should art react? 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 the EU referendum. But, as with Brexit itself, the piece feels rather in limbo: caught in the midst of unfolding events, rather than able to fully and insightfully reflect on them.

BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Harold Pinter TheatreBWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Harold Pinter Theatre
March 10, 2017

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 intensity sustained over a shattering three hours, audiences will be unwilling to release a breath, let alone distract with a rustling crisp packet.

BWW Interview: Arthur Darvill Talks UK Premiere of HONEYMOON IN VEGASBWW Interview: Arthur Darvill Talks UK Premiere of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
March 9, 2017

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 like the recent stage adaption of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox. This Sunday, he and Samantha Barks lead the UK premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas, in a special concert presentation with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

BWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, Old VicBWW Review: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, Old Vic
March 9, 2017

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 metatheatrical tricks have since become overfamiliar through imitation, that's surely testament to its enduring influence.

BWW Interview: Rachel Tucker On Her First Solo TourBWW Interview: Rachel Tucker On Her First Solo Tour
March 7, 2017

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 performed in plays such as Alan Ayckbourn's Communicating Doors and released an album. Now, she's embarking on her first solo tour, which travels the UK this summer and also transfers to New York in September.

BWW Interview: Anthony Head Talks BUFFY and LOVE IN IDLENESSBWW Interview: Anthony Head Talks BUFFY and LOVE IN IDLENESS
March 9, 2017

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 Rocky Horror Show. He's currently starring as Sir John Fletcher in Rattigan's Love in Idleness at Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Trevor Nunn; the run begins on 10 March.

BWW Interview: Laura Pitt-Pulford Talks NELL GWYNNBWW Interview: Laura Pitt-Pulford Talks NELL GWYNN
March 7, 2017

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 turn of Laura Pitt-Pulford -whose musical credits includeSeven Brides for Seven Brothers,Flowers for Mrs HarrisandSide Show -to play the titular character in a new UK tour.



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