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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BWW Interview: Creators Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary Talk The ADRIAN MOLE MusicalJake Brunger and Pippa Cleary On The ADRIAN MOLE Musical
Posted: Jul. 10, 2017


BWW Interview: Freema Agyeman Talks APOLOGIA, Sense8 And The Female DoctorFreema Agyeman Talks APOLOGIA, Sense8 And The Female Doctor
Posted: Jul. 20, 2017


CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Leads July's Top 10 New London ShowsCAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Leads July's Top 10 New London Shows
Posted: Jun. 30, 2017


BWW Interview: Bronagh Gallagher Talks GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRYBronagh Gallagher Talks GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
Posted: Jul. 18, 2017


BWW Review: THE TEMPEST, BarbicanBWW Review: THE TEMPEST, Barbican
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BWW Interview: Choreographer Anthony Van Laast Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEASTChoreographer Anthony Van Laast Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
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BWW Interview: Adam Gillen On Playing Mozart In AMADEUSBWW Interview: Adam Gillen On Playing Mozart In AMADEUS
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BWW Interview: Emma Hatton On Bringing EVITA To The West EndBWW Interview: Emma Hatton On Bringing EVITA To The West End
July 27, 2017

Actress and singer Emma Hatton's previous work includes We Will Rock You and Wicked. She's now starring inAndrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's iconic musicalEvita, which returns to the West End - previews begin at Phoenix Theatre tomorrow night.

BWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, Old VicBWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, Old Vic
July 27, 2017

Defiantly rejecting the standard jukebox model, Conor McPherson's much-anticipated new work mining the back catalogue of Bob Dylan is labelled 'a play with songs' - or perhaps that should be a play and songs, with two distinct forms of storytelling weaving around one another, reflecting, deepening, revealing,in exquisitely soulful harmony.

BWW Review: MOSQUITOES, National TheatreBWW Review: MOSQUITOES, National Theatre
July 26, 2017

Olivia Williams and Olivia Colman are shattering as two warring sisters in Lucy Kirkwood's epic

BWW Interview: Mark Quartley Talks Motion Capture In THE TEMPESTBWW Interview: Mark Quartley Talks Motion Capture In THE TEMPEST
July 24, 2017

Mark Quartley's previous work includes Written on the HeartandMeasure for Measurefor the RSC,Ghostsat Rose Theatre Kingston,and TV seriesHoff the Record. His latest challenge is a motion-capture Ariel in the RSC'sground-breaking production ofThe Tempest- created with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios - which is currently playing at the Barbican.

BWW Interview: Freema Agyeman Talks APOLOGIA, Sense8 And The Female DoctorBWW Interview: Freema Agyeman Talks APOLOGIA, Sense8 And The Female Doctor
July 20, 2017

Freema Agyeman rose to fame with roles on TV shows like Doctor Who, Torchwood, Law and Order: UK and Sense8. Now, she's making her West End debut in black comedy Apologia at Trafalgar Studios, alongside Stockard Channing and Laura Carmichael. The play begins previews on 29 July.

BWW Interview: Bronagh Gallagher Talks GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRYBWW Interview: Bronagh Gallagher Talks GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
July 18, 2017

Actress and musician Bronagh Gallagher's work ranges from The Commitments, Pulp Fiction and Stars Wars on screen to War Horse on stage, as well as touring and recording albums with her band. Her latest project is Conor McPherson'sGirl From the North Country, which incorporates Bob Dylan songs - it's currently in previews at the Old Vic.

BWW Interview: Choreographer Anthony Van Laast Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Interview: Choreographer Anthony Van Laast Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
July 17, 2017

Choreographer Anthony Van Laast has worked extensively on both stage and screen, from Mamma Mia! and Bombay Dreams to Harry Potter. His latest project, the life action version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download.

BWW Review: TOUCH, Soho TheatreBWW Review: TOUCH, Soho Theatre
July 14, 2017

Neat freaks beware: Touch is your ultimate nightmare. This latest offering from DryWrite, the company that launched the now stratospheric Fleabag, centres on another woman with a chaotic personal life - this time, mirrored by the symphony of filth that is her cramped bedsit.

BWW Interview: Charlotte Wakefield Talks CRAZY FOR YOUBWW Interview: Charlotte Wakefield Talks CRAZY FOR YOU
July 14, 2017

Charlotte Wakefield's past work includesThe Sound of Musicat Regent's Park Open Air,Mamma Mia!in the West End, and the UK tour ofOklahoma!. She's back on tour next month, starring inCrazy for You alongside Tom Chambers and Caroline Flack.

BWW Review: QUEEN ANNE, Theatre Royal HaymarketBWW Review: QUEEN ANNE, Theatre Royal Haymarket
July 11, 2017

Game of Thrones returns this weekend, but those hungry for political machinations and manipulations can also find a feast of them in Helen Edmundson's 2015 stealth thriller about a little-known 18th-century English monarch and her courtly advisors' jockeying for influence. With plenty of resonance for 2017, it's rich history with contemporary bite.

BWW Interview: Creators Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary Talk The ADRIAN MOLE MusicalBWW Interview: Creators Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary Talk The ADRIAN MOLE Musical
July 10, 2017

Playwright Jake Brunger and composer Pippa Cleary have been creating musicals together since they met at Bristol University in 2008. Their work includes Jet Set Go!,The Great British Soap Operaand an adaptation of Sue Townsend's belovedThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13. The latterbegins a London run at the Menier Chocolate Factory this week.

Book Review: ALL CHANGE PLEASE, Lucy KerbelBook Review: ALL CHANGE PLEASE, Lucy Kerbel
July 10, 2017

Enter Lucy Kerbel's eminently practical book All Change Please.

BWW Review: THE TEMPEST, BarbicanBWW Review: THE TEMPEST, Barbican
July 7, 2017

It's a brave new world for the RSC, collaborating with Intel and Andy Serkis's Imaginarium Studios on a notably high-tech Tempest. But, for all the computer-generated trickery, it's the human experience and rough magic of theatre that really impress in Gregory Doran's production, now playing at the Barbican.

BWW Review: THE MENTOR, Vaudeville TheatreBWW Review: THE MENTOR, Vaudeville Theatre
July 5, 2017

Bath's Ustinov Studio has become something of a European hub. Visionary director Laurence Boswell and ever-skilful translator Christopher Hampton, who first introduced us to Florian Zeller, are currently championing Daniel Kehlmann - a bestselling writer in Germany, where he published the first of 10 books when he was still a student.

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Leads July's Top 10 New London ShowsCAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Leads July's Top 10 New London Shows
June 30, 2017

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a Tennessee Williams revival and Bob Dylan-scored drama to royal politics and Adrian Mole, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews

BWW Review: INK, Almeida TheatreBWW Review: INK, Almeida Theatre
June 28, 2017

James Graham's portrait of Seventies politics,This House, recently enjoyed a West End outing, and his latest epic venture into Britain's past may well follow suit. If slightly weighed down by detailed research, it's still a riveting depiction of the birth of The Sun as we know it, and the revolution it signalled in the way we tell our national story.

BWW Review: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, Wyndham's TheatreBWW Review: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, Wyndham's Theatre
June 27, 2017

One American great inhabits another in this superior cabaret, as the Broadway legend Audra McDonald slips into the skin - and unforgettable voice - of jazz icon Billie Holiday. The emotional sensitivity makes it far more than just an immensely skilful impersonation, and makes McDonald's delayed West End debut well worth the wait.

BWW Interview: Ashley Gilmour Talks MISS SAIGON TourBWW Interview: Ashley Gilmour Talks MISS SAIGON Tour
June 23, 2017

Ashley Gilmour's previous work includes Link Larkin inHairsprayand the ensemble of the original revival cast of Miss Saigon. Now, he's graduated to playing Chris in the UK and Ireland tour of Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical, which begins at Curve Leicester on 1 July.

BWW Review: GLORIA, Hampstead TheatreBWW Review: GLORIA, Hampstead Theatre
June 22, 2017

American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins asserts that the nightmarish workplace depicted in Gloria bears little resemblance to his time at the New Yorker, but that tension between truth and imagination adds a nicely meta layer to this spiky portrait of the ways in which we appropriate, fictionalise and commercially repackage reality.

BWW Interview: Ella Spira and Pietra Mello-Pittman Talk VOICES OF THE AMAZONBWW Interview: Ella Spira and Pietra Mello-Pittman Talk VOICES OF THE AMAZON
June 20, 2017

Sisters Grimm, a company founded by composer Ella Spira and choreographer Pietra Mello-Pittman, is following up hit show INALA with new dance musical Voices of the Amazon. Fusing ballet, contemporary and capoeira with a Brazilian score and narration by Jeremy Irons, it premieres this July at Sadler's Wells.



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