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 Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA, National TheatreBWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA, National Theatre
Posted: May. 5, 2017


BWW Interview: Actress Dawn Sievewright Talks OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOURDawn Sievewright Talks OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
Posted: Apr. 30, 2017


BWW Interview: Alex Bourne Talks West End ANNIEBWW Interview: Alex Bourne Talks West End ANNIE
Posted: May. 16, 2017


BWW Interview: Matthew Croke On Becoming The New West End AladdinMatthew Croke On Becoming The New West End Aladdin
Posted: May. 12, 2017


CD Review: DREAMGIRLS, Original London Cast RecordingCD Review: DREAMGIRLS, Original London Cast Recording
Posted: May. 9, 2017


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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: Janique Charles On Joining THE LION KINGBWW Interview: Janique Charles On Joining THE LION KING
May 25, 2017

Actress Janique Charles was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the UK to join the touring cast ofThe Lion Kingin 2013, and is now playingNala in the West End production.

ANNIE Leads June's Top 10 New London ShowsANNIE Leads June's Top 10 New London Shows
May 22, 2017

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a classic musical and acclaimed Shakespeare tobuzzy history plays, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews

BWW Interview: Drew McOnie Talks ON THE TOWNBWW Interview: Drew McOnie Talks ON THE TOWN
May 19, 2017

Director/choreographer Drew McOnie's work includes In the Heights, Strictly Ballroom, The Wild Party and Jesus Christ Superstar. He's now back at Regent's Park helming On the Town - the classic musical tale of three sailors on shore leave in search of love and adventure - which opens tonight.

BWW Interview: Alex Bourne Talks West End ANNIEBWW Interview: Alex Bourne Talks West End ANNIE
May 16, 2017

Actor Alex Bourne's past musical work ranges fromKiss Me, Kateto ChicagoandWe Will Rock You.After playing Daddy Warbucks on tour, he's now back in the role for the West End run ofAnnie, which begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on May 23.

BWW Interview: Matthew Croke On Becoming The New West End AladdinBWW Interview: Matthew Croke On Becoming The New West End Aladdin
May 12, 2017

Following UK tours of West Side Story and Singin' in the Rain, plus several ensemble and understudying roles in shows like Wicked and Grease, Matthew Croke takes on his first West End lead when he becomes the new Aladdin on 5 Junein the hit Disney production at Prince Edward Theatre.

BWW Review: SALOME, National TheatreBWW Review: SALOME, National Theatre
May 10, 2017

Salome, that dancing seductress who demanded the head of John the Baptist, has been reclaimed by Yael Farber in this new feminist interpretation (the RSC stages Oscar Wilde's more familiar take next month). Or at least that's the intention, but Farber's production sacrifices the personal for the mythic- ironically once again losing the girl history erased in a storm of overblown symbolism.

CD Review: DREAMGIRLS, Original London Cast RecordingCD Review: DREAMGIRLS, Original London Cast Recording
May 9, 2017

The hit West End revival of Dreamgirls is rumoured to be heading over to Broadway next year. In the meantime, fans on both sides of the pond can be content with this excellent double-CD cast album. Recorded live at London's Savoy Theatre, complete with audience reaction (rapturous during 'And I Am Telling You'), it's a strong approximation of a thrilling theatre experience.

BWW Interview: Edward Fox Talks Betjeman Play SAND IN THE SANDWICHESBWW Interview: Edward Fox Talks Betjeman Play SAND IN THE SANDWICHES
May 8, 2017

Edward Fox's stellar stage and screen career ranges from HamletandThe Go-Betweento The Day of the Jackal. He's currently performing one-man John Betjeman play Sand in the Sandwiches, which comes to London's Theatre Royal Haymarket on 30 May.

BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA, National TheatreBWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA, National Theatre
May 5, 2017

Tony Kushner's landmark two-part play begins at a funeral, with a rabbi solemnly naming a woman's surviving relatives; partway through the interminable list of grandchildren, he stops and sighs. It's a witty opener for a piece that's epic in every conceivable sense of the word, taking almost eight hours to tackle not just state of the nation, but state of humanity and the divine. Though there's the odd lull, particularly in Kushner's baggier, wilder second part, Marianne Elliott's revival - 25 years after the influential National Theatre production - is a monumental achievement.

WOYZECK Leads May's Top 10 New London ShowsWOYZECK Leads May's Top 10 New London Shows
May 2, 2017

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From new takes on Brecht and Buchner to Jez Butterworth's latest and a classic musical, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews

BWW Review: THE TREATMENT, Almeida TheatreBWW Review: THE TREATMENT, Almeida Theatre
April 30, 2017

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 how we mistreat one another - opening up industry satire into a far-reaching portrait of social malaise.

BWW Interview: Actress Dawn Sievewright Talks OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOURBWW Interview: Actress Dawn Sievewright Talks OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
April 30, 2017

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 Endfollowing an acclaimed Traverse Theatre premiere and UK tour(read our review). Dawn Sievewright, who plays outwardly confident leader Fionnula and a host of other characters,shares her experience.

BWW Review: OBSESSION, BarbicanBWW Review: OBSESSION, Barbican
April 26, 2017

'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, more the cold, grey ash left in the wake of a consuming flame. It's intermittently beautiful and thoughtful, but lacks the necessary fervour that binds lover to lover, and audience to material.

BWW Interview: Carrie Hope Fletcher Talks THE ADDAMS FAMILYBWW Interview: Carrie Hope Fletcher Talks THE ADDAMS FAMILY
April 25, 2017

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 Addamsin the UK premiere of Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rice Elice's musical The Addams Family, which has just begun its nationwide tour.

BWW Review: THE PHILANTHROPIST, Trafalgar StudiosBWW Review: THE PHILANTHROPIST, Trafalgar Studios
April 24, 2017

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 to play the solipsistic academics. It may well attract new audiences to the West End, but this uncomfortable revival is unlikely to capitalise on that influx.

BWW Interview: Kirsty Bushell On Playing Juliet at Shakespeare's GlobeBWW Interview: Kirsty Bushell On Playing Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe
April 19, 2017

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 and Ivo van Hove's Antigone. English National Opera boss Daniel Kramer's production, co-starring Edward Hogg and opening Emma Rice's second and final Globe season, begins previews on 22 April.

BWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD, Leicester Square TheatreBWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD, Leicester Square Theatre
April 13, 2017

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 her Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill coming to Wyndham's this summer) - lauded actress and singer Audra McDonald is the consummate pro. If further proof were needed, she's currently at Leicester Square Theatre offering a veritable master class in cabaret.

BWW Review: THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, Theatre Royal HaymarketBWW Review: THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, Theatre Royal Haymarket
April 6, 2017

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, unforgettable Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? a few streets away.

BWW Review: CONSENT, National TheatreBWW Review: CONSENT, National Theatre
April 5, 2017

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 dealing with here? Well, legal ones - it's barrister speak. Having tackled the NHS in Tiger Country, Nina Raine now has the judicial system in her sights: its eccentricities, seeming unfairness, and the effect it has on those caught in its truth-bending web.

BWW Review: 42ND STREET, Theatre Royal Drury LaneBWW Review: 42ND STREET, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
April 4, 2017

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 lady battle, but this loving backstage fairy tale is really a paean to the chorus - the hard-working, unceasingly toe-tapping foundation upon which musical comedy ('the two most glorious words in the English language,' per the show) is built.



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