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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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THE ANTIPODES Leads October's Top 10 New London Shows
September 24, 2019

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From Annie Baker's latest to Ealing comedy and a royal reunion, 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: A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON, Old Vic
September 6, 2019

How theatre should, or should not, be addressing Brexit is a constant topic of conversation. But while Lucy Prebble's phenomenal new work - a combination of horror, espionage thriller, love story and satire, with dazzlingly theatrical framing - doesn't centre around the B world, it is, unquestionably, the play for the present moment.

BWW Review: FLEABAG, Wyndham's Theatre
August 28, 2019

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is big business. She's a TV superstar, both comedy (Fleabag) and drama (Killing Eve); a Star Wars standout; and, in theory, the feminist saviour of James Bond. But never mind all that. Theatre needs her back.

BWW Interview: Medical Ethicist Dr Daniel Sokol Talks THE DOCTOR
August 27, 2019

Renowned medical ethicist Dr Daniel Sokol was the bioethics consultant for Robert Icke's acclaimed new play The Doctor, now playing at the Almeida Theatre and starring Juliet Stevenson. He talks to us about his role and the fascinating area of medical ethics.

FALSETTOS Leads September's Top 10 New London Shows
August 28, 2019

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a landmark musical and Caryl Churchill to Wall Street and ABBA immersion, 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: THE DOCTOR, Almeida Theatre
August 21, 2019

Robert Icke, an associate director at the Almeida for the past six years, bids farewell in typically bold and epic fashion with his latest contemporary update. Arthur Schnitzler's Professor Bernhardi, which premiered in 1912, has been skilfully reconfigured as an interrogation of 2019's preoccupation with 'identity'.  

BWW Interview: Steph Parry Talks MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY
August 20, 2019

Steph Parry's previous work includes 42nd Street, Mamma Mia!, Wicked and Billy Elliot. Her current project is the immersive theatrical dining experience Mamma Mia! The Party, which begins at The O2 on 29 August.

BWW Review: PROM 35: ENIGMA VARIATIONS, Royal Albert Hall
August 15, 2019

Conductor Martyn Brabbins celebrated his 60th birthday in fine fashion: with a new commission for 14 composers to create their own set of orchestral variations on an anonymous theme, mirroring the shape of Elgar's Enigma Variations. Programme notes from the composers illustrated a genuine fondness for the celebrated conductor, and their perceptions of him - energy, warmth, generosity, humour and virtuosity - shone through in an impressively unified work.

THE DOCTOR Leads August's Top 10 New London Shows
July 21, 2019

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From Robert Icke's latest to Fleabag, Evita and witchy adventures, 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: THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, Noel Coward Theatre
July 17, 2019

In Tahiti in 1940, a penniless Tennessee Williams lay in a hammock beside another writer also despairing of ever finding success, both binge-drinking rum-cocos and welcoming the dramatic storms that temporarily eclipsed their melancholy. To make matters worse, a party of German Nazis was bragging about their success in the war, and Williams' friend pitched 'the long swim to China'.

BWW Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, London Palladium
July 11, 2019

Oh Lord! The second Biblical Andrew Lloyd Webber opening of the week (taking his current London production total up to a whopping five from next month) is his early collaboration with Tim Rice, celebrating 50 years since its original concept album, and back home at the Palladium. But a joyfully fresh staging makes this a Joseph for 2019 - and a family-friendly summer hit.

BWW Interview: Choreographer JoAnn M Hunter Talks JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
July 8, 2019

JoAnn M Hunter has choreographed for Broadway and West End shows like School of Rock, Disaster and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Her current project is the London Palladium revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Jac Yarrow, Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith.

BWW Review: ADAM KAY: THIS IS GOING TO HURT LIVE, Vaudeville Theatre
July 5, 2019

Adam Kay, doctor-turned-comedian and bestselling author, brings his irresistible combination of gross-out hospital tales, humorous songs and passionate advocacy back to the West End, delighting an audience of both medical professionals and keen fans.

BWW Review: THE END OF HISTORY..., Royal Court
July 4, 2019

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's creative dream team are reunited for another new venture - although this drama's family doesn't come with an in-built, wand-waving fanbase. Instead, this is a personal work from writer Jack Thorne, who based the play's ideologically committed Sal and David on his own parents.

BWW Review: NOISES OFF, Lyric Hammersmith
July 3, 2019

Do not anger the theatre gods, for their vengeance is swift and mighty. On press night of Michael Frayn's peerless portrait of backstage disasters, the Lyric suffered its own "technical difficulties", adding a distinctly meta frisson to this already gloriously layered comedy.

BWW Review: LAURA BENANTI LIVE IN LONDON, Cadogan Hall
June 30, 2019

Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti took a quick hiatus from starring in My Fair Lady on Broadway to make her London debut - and those missing out on the former needn't have worried, as she opened with a bravura 15-minute precis of the production, complete with musical highlights.

BWW Review: PRESENT LAUGHTER, Old Vic
June 26, 2019

Great Scott! His recent turn as Fleabag's Hot Priest made him a global sex symbol. Now, Andrew Scott reminds audiences that he's just as irresistible on stage, leading Matthew Warchus's absolute romp of Noel Coward revival with the kind of panache that makes this the comic performance of the year so far - and yet one also shot through with aching melancholy.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Leads July's Top 10 New London Shows
June 26, 2019

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to riotous comedy, 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: Laura Benanti Talks Making Her London Concert Debut
June 17, 2019

Tony Award-winning Laura Benanti's work includes She Loves Me, Gypsy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and, currently, playing her dream role: Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. This month, she also makes her London theatre debut with a concert at Cadogan Hall.

BWW Interview: Amy Ellen Richardson Talks THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE
June 12, 2019

Amy Ellen Richardson's past work includes Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, Merrily We Roll Along, Les Miserables, and most recently Sweet Charity at Donmar Warehouse. She's now starring in the West End transfer of the hit British musical based on Sue Townsend's beloved Adrian Mole books.



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