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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HADESTOWN Leads November's Top 10 New London ShowsHADESTOWN Leads November's Top 10 New London Shows
Posted: Oct. 27, 2018


BWW Interview: Andrew Burnap Talks THE INHERITANCEAndrew Burnap Talks THE INHERITANCE
Posted: Oct. 29, 2018


BWW Review: WHITE TEETH, Kiln TheatreBWW Review: WHITE TEETH, Kiln Theatre
Posted: Nov. 6, 2018


BWW Interview: Hayden Tee On Playing Miss Trunchbull in MATILDA THE MUSICALHayden Tee Talks MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Posted: Nov. 13, 2018


BWW Interview: Actress Gugwana Dlamini Talks THE LION KINGGugwana Dlamini Talks THE LION KING
Posted: Nov. 5, 2018


BWW Review: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER, Bridge TheatreBWW Review: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER, Bridge Theatre
Posted: Oct. 26, 2018


BWW Review: STORIES, National TheatreBWW Review: STORIES, National Theatre
Posted: Oct. 18, 2018


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BWW Review: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, Southwark PlayhouseBWW Review: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, Southwark Playhouse
Posted: Aug. 7, 2018


BWW Interview: Lucie Shorthouse On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIELucie Shorthouse On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
Posted: Dec. 3, 2017


BWW Interview: Bunny Christie and Tony Grech-Smith On the JULIUS CAESAR NT Live BroadcastBunny Christie and Tony Grech-Smith On the JULIUS CAESAR Broadcast
Posted: Mar. 16, 2018


Review: MOOD MUSIC, Old VicReview: MOOD MUSIC, Old Vic
Posted: May. 3, 2018


BWW Review: CHESS, London ColiseumBWW Review: CHESS, London Coliseum
Posted: May. 1, 2018


BWW Review: HAMILTON, Victoria Palace TheatreReview: HAMILTON, Victoria Palace Theatre
Posted: Dec. 22, 2017


BWW Interview: Jonny Labey Talks STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICALJonny Labey Talks STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL
Posted: Mar. 14, 2018


BWW Interview: Hayden Tee On Playing Miss Trunchbull in MATILDA THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Hayden Tee On Playing Miss Trunchbull in MATILDA THE MUSICAL
November 13, 2018

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 Trunchbull inMatilda The Musicalat the Cambridge Theatre in the West End.

BWW Review: PINTER THREE and PINTER FOUR, Harold Pinter TheatreBWW Review: PINTER THREE and PINTER FOUR, Harold Pinter Theatre
November 12, 2018

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 sketches and more obscure works - plus another tantalisingly starry company.

BWW Review: WHITE TEETH, Kiln TheatreBWW Review: WHITE TEETH, Kiln Theatre
November 6, 2018

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-winning novel that is not just about but firmly rooted in the diverse, complex 'melting pot' of north-west London.

BWW Interview: Actress Gugwana Dlamini Talks THE LION KINGBWW Interview: Actress Gugwana Dlamini Talks THE LION KING
November 5, 2018

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 returning to the show's West End home at the Lyceum Theatre, where she stars as Rafiki.

BWW Interview: Andrew Burnap Talks THE INHERITANCEBWW Interview: Andrew Burnap Talks THE INHERITANCE
October 29, 2018

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.

HADESTOWN Leads November's Top 10 New London ShowsHADESTOWN Leads November's Top 10 New London Shows
October 27, 2018

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 month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld reviews, interviews and features!

BWW Review: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER, Bridge TheatreBWW Review: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER, Bridge Theatre
October 26, 2018

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 a coup for Nick Hytner. Yet this provocative take on Hans Christian Andersen, and on the nature of storytelling, takes too scattershot an approach to fully land.

BWW Review: STORIES, National TheatreBWW Review: STORIES, National Theatre
October 18, 2018

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 single woman desperately seeking a sperm donor - and once again, procedures are sharply juxtaposed with people.

BWW Review: MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Donmar WarehouseBWW Review: MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Donmar Warehouse
October 12, 2018

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, once in period, once in modern dress. And with the key roles of Isabella and Angelo swapped between Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden.

BWW Interview: Miranda Larson Talks LITTLE BABY BUM LIVEBWW Interview: Miranda Larson Talks LITTLE BABY BUM LIVE
October 10, 2018

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 animated videos with traditional nursery rhymes and children's songs.Little Baby Bum Liveis now touring the UK.

BWW Review: I'M NOT RUNNING, National TheatreBWW Review: I'M NOT RUNNING, National Theatre
October 10, 2018

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, nothing, in fact, to anchor it to the burning issues of 2018. A relief, perhaps, but this is a state-of-the-nation play unwilling to examine our actual state.

BWW Review: THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM, Wyndham's TheatreBWW Review: THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM, Wyndham's Theatre
October 9, 2018

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 human side of this elliptical work is a pair of commanding performances from Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce, ensuring engagement even as reality skips and blurs.

BWW Interview: Daniel Rigby Talks A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMBWW Interview: Daniel Rigby Talks A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
October 1, 2018

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 Crucible.

COMPANY Leads October's Top 10 New London ShowsCOMPANY Leads October's Top 10 New London Shows
September 29, 2018

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 this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld reviews, interviews and features!

BWW Review: PINTER ONE and PINTER TWO, Harold Pinter TheatreBWW Review: PINTER ONE and PINTER TWO, Harold Pinter Theatre
September 28, 2018

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 and poetry grouped into seven productions at the theatre which now bears his name.

BWW Interview: Lucas Rush Talks ROCK OF AGESBWW Interview: Lucas Rush Talks ROCK OF AGES
September 26, 2018

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 that includes Danielle Hope, Jodie Steele,Strictly's Kevin Clifton, and Antony Costa.

BWW Review: Tricycle Reopens as the Kiln TheatreBWW Review: Tricycle Reopens as the Kiln Theatre
September 12, 2018

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 presence, comfortable caf/bar area, plentiful ladies' loos, and a flexible auditorium with plush seats and improved sight lines.

BWW Review: DANCE NATION, Almeida TheatreBWW Review: DANCE NATION, Almeida Theatre
September 5, 2018

Wild, raw, hilarious and tender, Clare Barron's electrifying play - first seen in New York earlier this year - is a candid portrait of prepubescent girls, rare compared with the myriad male coming-of-age tales. But, like its warrior women, Barron's piece fights for its space, and with a formal daring that teeters thrillingly on the edge of chaos.

SYLVIA Leads September's Top 10 New London ShowsSYLVIA Leads September's Top 10 New London Shows
September 2, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a new hip-hop history lesson to Pinter and Shakespeare, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld reviews, interviews and features!

BWW Review: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, Southwark PlayhouseBWW Review: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, Southwark Playhouse
August 7, 2018

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 Ewan Jones's dynamic British Theatre Academy production, with its minimal scenery and tight ensemble perfectly filling a midsize space, suggests it's the ideal piece to go on the road - not to mention its timely, uplifting message of inclusion.



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