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: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, Donmar WarehouseBWW Review: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, Donmar Warehouse
June 12, 2018

The bells, the bells! They're ringing out at the Donmar - ushering girls into class, and nuns into cloister. It's one of the creative ways in which director Polly Findlay reframes this beloved classic, although a new adaptation from David Harrower also rings the changes.

BWW Review: JULIE, National TheatreBWW Review: JULIE, National Theatre
June 8, 2018

Polly Stenham's updating of Strindberg's Miss Julie moves the action to contemporary London, and finds both contempt and sympathy for this new version of the idle rich. But, shorn of its 19th-century context, the play struggles to make the class transgression feel dangerous, nor does this 85-minute piece dwell long enough on subjects like racism or sexism.

BWW Review: TRANSLATIONS, National TheatreBWW Review: TRANSLATIONS, National Theatre
May 31, 2018

It begins with deep breathing, in order to access words that hold unimaginable power. And Ian Rickson's exquisite production of Brian Friel's masterpiece maintains that space throughout: for words to breathe and simmer, to hang in the air, and for us to understand how vital language is not just as a means of communication, but identity, nationality, and a rich heritage at risk of extinction.

FUN HOME Leads June's Top 10 New London ShowsFUN HOME Leads June's Top 10 New London Shows
June 17, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a ground-breaking musical to a mighty modern classic, 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: AS YOU LIKE IT/HAMLET, Shakespeare's GlobeBWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT/HAMLET, Shakespeare's Globe
May 18, 2018

Michelle Terry's first season as Artistic Director of the Globe will be carefully scrutinised. Emma Rice's contentious exit raised important questions about the venue's purpose, its balancing of tradition and innovation, new and returning audiences, and about how we engage with Shakespeare in the 21st century.

Central School Issues Statement In Response To ProtestsCentral School Issues Statement In Response To Protests
May 16, 2018

Students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama recently organised a walkout 'for equity, diversity and inclusion', protesting the institution's inequalities and comments made by Principal Gavin Henderson at a Dear White Central event - read more here. The Governing Body of Central has today released the following statement in response

Central Students Organise Walk Out for Equity, Diversity and InclusionCentral Students Organise Walk Out for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
May 10, 2018

Tomorrow, Friday 11 May, at 3:15pm, students fromThe Royal Central School of Speech and Drama have arranged a peaceful protest outside the institution.

BWW Review: DESCRIBE THE NIGHT, Hampstead TheatreBWW Review: DESCRIBE THE NIGHT, Hampstead Theatre
May 10, 2018

American playwright Rajiv Joseph's latest certainly doesn't lack for ambition, spanning 90 years, three countries, and mixing history and fiction in its form to make a point about, well, mixing history and fiction. Storytelling through to the pertinent fake news abounds, but this near-three-hour show is ultimately more compelling in its ideas than in its drama.

BWW Review: AN IDEAL HUSBAND, Vaudeville TheatreBWW Review: AN IDEAL HUSBAND, Vaudeville Theatre
May 6, 2018

Classic Spring's third Oscar Wilde production gains extra piquancy from Amber Rudd's resignation - dealing, as it does, with political scandal and social hypocrisy. It's another facet for Jonathan Church's well-balancedrevival, which proves as handsome, witty and ultimately kindly as its beguiling hero.

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

Gendered power dynamics, the commodification of art, and abuse in the creative industries: Joe Penhall's new play certainly feels of the moment, and there's a particular frisson in seeing such subject matter explored at the Old Vic, which is dealing with the legacy of Kevin Spacey. Yet a potent topic remains stubbornly discursive in this rather circular piece.

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

Chess, by Tim Rice and ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, hasn't had a major West End revival since its Eighties heyday, but it's back with a bang in a semi-staged production that features aerial silk acrobatics, cheerleading stunts and drunken Cossack dancing. But it's the work that really shines through: period, yes, and distinctly unwieldy, but oddly timely too - and not just because ABBA are reuniting.

RED Leads May's Top 10 New London ShowsRED Leads May's Top 10 New London Shows
April 30, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. Frommeaty revivals to the open-air theatres opening their doors, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld reviews, interviews and features!

Central School Principal Clarifies Comments On #MeToo And Student DiversityCentral School Principal Clarifies Comments On #MeToo And Student Diversity
April 30, 2018

Some students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Dramaraised concerns following remarks by its principalGavin Henderson during a Q&A at a recent event,Dear White Central.

BWW Review: ABSOLUTE HELL, National TheatreBWW Review: ABSOLUTE HELL, National Theatre
April 26, 2018

The original version of Rodney Ackland's provocative work, The Pink Room, had a bruising reception back in 1952, losing thousands for investor Terence Rattigan amidst furious reviews. Since salvaged by the Orange Tree in the Eighties, its rebirth was cemented by a Judi Dench-starring production at the National, where it now returns for an intriguing if not entirely convincing encore.

BWW Review: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, Piccadilly TheatreBWW Review: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, Piccadilly Theatre
April 24, 2018

Love is in the air, and revolution too. Baz Luhrmann's beloved 1992 film (originally a student play, now back on stage as a musical) is even more adamantly anti-establishment in this latest incarnation, opening out a delicious satire of 1980s Australian competitive ballroom into a more universal story of the fight for fearless self-expression. In short: 'Love, freedom and sequins'.

BWW Review: CHICAGO, Phoenix TheatreBWW Review: CHICAGO, Phoenix Theatre
April 19, 2018

Chicago's hit West End revival - which featured a constant revolving door of big names - closed in 2012 after almost 15 years. Now, it returns with the requisite stunt casting (Cuba Gooding Jr), but also with a cast of triple-threat stalwarts who illustrate the enduring strengths of this whip-smart, black-hearted musical.

BWW Interview: Emma Williams Talks AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMANBWW Interview: Emma Williams Talks AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
March 30, 2018

Emma Williams's past work includesChitty Chitty Bang Bang, Half a Sixpence,Mrs Henderson PresentsandLove Story.She's currently starring in a new musical version of the iconic Richard Gere filmAn Officer and a Gentleman, which opens at Leicester Curve on 6 April.

TINA Leads April's Top 10 New London ShowsTINA Leads April's Top 10 New London Shows
March 27, 2018

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

BWW Interview: Bunny Christie and Tony Grech-Smith On the JULIUS CAESAR NT Live BroadcastBWW Interview: Bunny Christie and Tony Grech-Smith On the JULIUS CAESAR NT Live Broadcast
March 16, 2018

On 22 March, the Bridge Theatre's production of Julius Caesar - directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey, David Calder and Michelle Fairley - will be broadcast via NT Live. Bunny Christie and Tony Grech-Smith discuss, respectively, designing the show and translating it to screen.

BWW Interview: Jonny Labey Talks STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Jonny Labey Talks STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL
March 14, 2018

Jonny Labey's past work ranges from EastEndersand winning TV showDance Dance DancetoWhite Christmasand In the Heightson stage. He's now starring as rebellious Scott inStrictly Ballroom The Musical, which begins previews at Piccadilly Theatre on 29 March.



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