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Marianka Swain

Marianka Swain is the UK Editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld. A London-based theatre critic and arts journalist, she also contributes to other outlets such as the Telegraph, The i Paper, Ham & High, Islington Gazette, Dancing Times and theartsdesk, and she is a member of the Critics' Circle. You can find more of her work at www.mkmswain.com or follow her on Twitter @mkmswain




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'Homophobic' Actress Dropped From THE COLOR PURPLE Plans To Sue Photo'Homophobic' Actress Dropped From THE COLOR PURPLE Plans To Sue
Posted: Sep. 29, 2019


BWW Interview: Sam Tutty Talks DEAR EVAN HANSEN PhotoSam Tutty Talks DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Posted: Jan. 3, 2020


BWW Review: LES MISERABLES, Sondheim Theatre PhotoBWW Review: LES MISERABLES, Sondheim Theatre
Posted: Jan. 16, 2020


BWW Interview: Joe Iconis On Bringing BE MORE CHILL To London PhotoJoe Iconis On Bringing BE MORE CHILL To London
Posted: Jan. 21, 2020


Lockdown Viewing: Watch These Fantastic Musical Theatre Documentaries
May 24, 2020

Why not use the lockdown period to catch up on your musical theatre history? From the making of iconic shows to fascinating backstage tales and industry insight, these documentaries help to fill the stagey void.

BWW Interview: Chrystal Genesis Discusses The Southbank Centre's VIOLET NIGHTS
April 29, 2020

Chrystal Genesis is the executive producer of Southbank Centre's Violet Nights initiative and podcast - providing a space for young people to socialise and express their views on, and explore, topical issues with music, performance and discussion.

BWW Interview: Designer Dick Bird Talks NIXON IN CHINA
April 21, 2020

During the shutdown, we're taking the opportunity to look back at some memorable productions. Here, Dick Bird discusses his career with BroadwayWorld, and gives us some fantastic insights into designing the Royal Danish Theatre, Teatro Real Madrid and Scottish Opera's co-production of a modern classic: John Adams' Nixon in China.

BWW Interview: Anthony Alderson Talks Running The Pleasance and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Cancellation
April 16, 2020

Anthony Alderson has been Artistic Director of the Pleasance - which has a permanent venue in Islington, London, and multiple spaces at the heart of the Edinburgh Fringe - since 2005. He talks to BroadwayWorld about his time at the helm, dealing with the cancellation of this year's Festival, and what he shutdown means for theatre.

BWW Interview: Opera Singer Natalya Romaniw Discusses Her Career, New Album and Shutdown Plans
April 13, 2020

Natalya Romaniw has been called 'the outstanding soprano her generation'. Recent work includes the lead roles in Scottish Opera's Tosca and English National Opera's Madame Butterfly, plus making her BBC Proms debut singing Rachmaninov's The Bells with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She talks to BroadwayWorld about her remarkable career, upcoming album Arion, and keeping the music going during the shutdown.

BWW Interview: PR Chloé Nelkin Discusses Her Company's Journey and the Shutdown
April 1, 2020

Chloé Nelkin is the founder of Chloé Nelkin Consulting (CNC), a PR and marketing firm specialising in the arts. Their work ranges from West End shows to the VAULT and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, as well as heritage clients like the National Trust, circus stars, and classical music venues like Opera Holland Park. Nelkin talks to BroadwayWorld about her route into the arts and shares advice for surviving the shutdown.

BWW Interview: Artistic Director Kumiko Mendl Talks 25 Years of Yellow Earth Theatre
March 31, 2020

In 1995, Yellow Earth Theatre was formed by five British East Asian (BEA) actors: Kwong Loke, Kumiko Mendl, Veronica Needa, David KS Tse and Tom Wu - aiming to develop work that would give BEA actors more choice of roles, and to bring together Western drama school training with exploration of East Asian cultural heritage. Mendl became Artistic Director in 2011, and the company is now celebrating 25 years.

Celebrate World Theatre Day With These Great Musical Performances
March 27, 2020

It may feel like a strange time to celebrate World Theatre Day, but while we can't gather together in person right now, we can still appreciate the incredible performances that have inspired us - and look forward to when theatres reopen and the shows can go on!

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY, Phoenix Theatre
March 12, 2020

It's a mark of a great show that it seems to speak directly to the present moment, even if that moment is years after its original creation. Come From Away passes that test with flying colours; in its depiction of an international community dealing with a crisis – including, raising a wry audience laugh, stockpiling loo paper – this 9/11 musical has plenty of resonance with our coronavirus times. Except that the world would be a much better place if we all behaved a bit more like the people of Gander.

BWW Review: BLITHE SPIRIT, Duke of York's Theatre
March 11, 2020

This is perhaps an odd time for Nöel Coward's comedy about death and supernatural apparitions to land in the West End – Richard Eyre's revival transferring from Theatre Royal Bath. On the other hand, there's something comforting about Coward's portrait of the afterlife as essentially a continuation, with our personalities, desires and enmities very much intact. Plus the opportunity to socialise with Joan of Arc.

CITY OF ANGELS Leads March's Top 10 New London Shows
February 26, 2020

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a musical with old Hollywood glamour to starry Chekhov and Coward, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, interviews and features!

BWW Review: LEOPOLDSTADT, Wyndham's Theatre
February 13, 2020

Tom Stoppard's latest - and possibly final - play has few of the dramatic hallmarks you might expect from him: the dazzling linguistic flourishes, the formal trickery, the knotty metaphors and giddy metatheatricality. Instead, we have a relatively straightforward, linear piece, initially overburdened by information, but with an immense accumulative power that leaves audiences awed and tearful.

BWW Review: THE VISIT, National Theatre
February 14, 2020

Three years after the National's enthralling revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, the playwright returns with his new adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's tragicomic 1956 parable a?' which has also been turned into an Ingrid Bergman-starring film and a Kander and Ebb musical.

THE VISIT Leads February's Top 10 New London Shows
January 27, 2020

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

BWW Interview: Actor Ammar Duffus Talks A MONSTER CALLS
January 27, 2020

Ammar Duffus's past work includes Twelfth Night at the National Theatre, Holes at Nottingham Playhouse, and Sally Cookson's take on Peter Pan at the Troubadour. Duffus now reunites with Cookson for the UK tour of A Monster Calls - her critically acclaimed stage version of Patrick Ness's novel, a hit at the Old Vic in 2018.

BWW Review: THE WELKIN, National Theatre
January 22, 2020

How can we know more about a comet in outer space than we do a woman's body? So queries Lucy Kirkwood's superb new history play a?' a feminist courtroom drama that's equal parts Twelve Angry Men, The Crucible and The Vagina Monologues, plus a dash of searing, up-to-the-minute political and social commentary.

BWW Interview: Joe Iconis On Bringing BE MORE CHILL To London
January 21, 2020

Be More Chill, a musical about a teenage boy who uses a supercomputer brain implant to help him fit in at school and get the girl, became a surprise Broadway hit thanks to its hugely dedicated fandom. Now, the show is coming to London's The Other Palace - the first venue outside of the States. Creator Joe Iconis discusses the show's development, fan support, and why it's struck such a chord with young audiences in particular.

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES, Sondheim Theatre
January 16, 2020

Much of the conversation around the incoming of the revamped Les Misérables production to the West End has revolved around the revolve a?' or lack thereof. But this slicker touring version (first seen in 2009, for the 25th anniversary) is a beautiful fit for Cameron Mackintosh's marvellously refurbished Sondheim Theatre, and the show's indelible score and stirring human drama are, if anything, showcased more strongly than ever.

BWW Interview: Sam Tutty Talks DEAR EVAN HANSEN
January 3, 2020

Last year, recent drama school graduate Sam Tutty landed the role of a lifetime: the lead in Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, which is now playing in the West End. He told BroadwayWorld about his audition journey, experience of the show, favourite songs, and dream future roles... 

ENDGAME Leads January's Top 10 New London Shows
December 28, 2019

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a starry Beckett revival to Tom Stoppard and magical mishaps, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, interviews and features!



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