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 Interview: Carley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLESCarley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLES
Posted: Aug. 30, 2017


BWW Interview: Ria Jones Talks SUNSET BOULEVARDRia Jones Talks SUNSET BOULEVARD
Posted: Sep. 6, 2017


BWW Interview: Ben Lewis Talks THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERABen Lewis Talks THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Posted: Sep. 11, 2017


BWW Review: FOLLIES, National TheatreBWW Review: FOLLIES, National Theatre
Posted: Sep. 6, 2017


FOLLIES Leads September's Top 10 New London ShowsFOLLIES Leads September's Top 10 New London Shows
Posted: Aug. 31, 2017


BWW Interview: Kristin Chenoweth On Performing At London PalladiumKristin Chenoweth On Performing At London Palladium
Posted: Sep. 12, 2017


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BWW Interview: Killian Donnelly On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLESKillian Donnelly On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES
Posted: Jun. 12, 2017


BWW Interview: Alistair Brammer Talks MISS SAIGON 25th Anniversary BroadcastBWW Interview: Alistair Brammer Talks MISS SAIGON 25th Anniversary Broadcast
Posted: Oct. 14, 2016


BWW Interview: Adam Gillen On Playing Mozart In AMADEUSBWW Interview: Adam Gillen On Playing Mozart In AMADEUS
Posted: Oct. 6, 2016


BWW Interview: New Eponine Hollie O'Donoghue Talks LES MISERABLESNew Eponine Hollie O'Donoghue Talks LES MISERABLES
Posted: Jan. 17, 2017


BWW Interview: Simon Gleeson On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLESSimon Gleeson On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES
Posted: Feb. 9, 2017


BWW Interview: Stars Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington Talk BAT OUT OF HELLAndrew Polec and Christina Bennington Talk BAT OUT OF HELL
Posted: Jun. 15, 2017


BWW Interview: Director Sally Cookson Talks JANE EYREBWW Interview: Director Sally Cookson Talks JANE EYRE
September 24, 2017

Sally Cookson's past work includes inventive adaptations of Peter Pan, Hetty Feather and La Strada. Her acclaimed version of Jane Eyre, which first appeared at Bristol Old Vic in 2014, completes its 2017 UK tour with an encore run at the National Theatre from 23 September.

BWW Review: WINGS, Young VicBWW Review: WINGS, Young Vic
September 20, 2017

Emily Stilson (Juliet Stevenson) is suspended in a void. She analyses this strange situation with wry perspicacity and occasional breathless panic. She's a prisoner, a specimen. She's fallen, trapped. She's flying.

BWW Review: OSLO, National TheatreBWW Review: OSLO, National Theatre
September 18, 2017

We need more waffles in diplomacy. Or rather more personal connections to bridge those vast divides. So believed the Norwegian couple who orchestrated secret peace talks in 1993 between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization - a slice of stranger-than-fiction history grippingly dramatised in JT Rogers' play, which deservedly picked up this year's Tony Award.

BWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, Marble Arch TheatreBWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, Marble Arch Theatre
September 15, 2017

New Orleans comes to Marble Arch via this energetic revival of Clarke Peters' 1990 tribute to 'The King of the Jukebox', swing and blues bandleader Louis Jordan. Occupying a new pop-up, circus tent-style venue complete with stylish bar serving Southern cocktails it's a welcome blast of jazz-hot fun as autumn draws in.

BWW Interview: Kristin Chenoweth On Performing At London PalladiumBWW Interview: Kristin Chenoweth On Performing At London Palladium
September 12, 2017

Kristin Chenoweth's work ranges from Wicked and On the Twentieth Century to The West Wing, Pushing Daisies and Glee, plus numerous albums and concerts. British fans will have a chance to see her in person at An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth at London Palladium on 20 October.

BWW Interview: Ben Lewis Talks THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERABWW Interview: Ben Lewis Talks THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
September 11, 2017

Ben Lewis's past work includes Forbidden Broadway and Candide at Menier Chocolate Factory, Annie Get Your Gun at Sheffield Crucible, and playing The Phantom in the original Australian production of Love Never Dies. He's now donning the mask again to lead the West End production of Phantom of the Opera.

BWW Review: FOLLIES, National TheatreBWW Review: FOLLIES, National Theatre
September 6, 2017

Theatre has a long memory. Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical has been through myriad incarnations, donning and shedding numbers, an interval, an ill-conceived upbeat ending, and yet the original vision has lingered. It comes to extraordinary life in a blockbuster National Theatre revival that proves Follies isn't just still here - it's thrilling, heartrending and utterly vital.

BWW Interview: Ria Jones Talks SUNSET BOULEVARDBWW Interview: Ria Jones Talks SUNSET BOULEVARD
September 6, 2017

Ria Jones has starred in numerous musicals, including Evita, Chess, Cats and Les Miserables. She's now reprising her acclaimed performance as Norma Desmond in the UK tour of Sunset Boulevard, which begins at Leicester Curve on 16 September.

FOLLIES Leads September's Top 10 New London ShowsFOLLIES Leads September's Top 10 New London Shows
August 31, 2017

London is never short of theatre temptations, whetherWest End epics or bold fringe offerings. From starry Sondheim to political plays and a new Florian Zeller, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews...

BWW Interview: Carley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLESBWW Interview: Carley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLES
August 30, 2017

Carley Stenson's work includes Hollyoaks, Shrek: The Musical, Legally Blonde, Spamalot and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She's currently starring as Fantine in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatrein the West End.

BWW Review: AGAINST, Almeida TheatreBWW Review: AGAINST, Almeida Theatre
August 19, 2017

The incident tent, the police tape: a sickeningly familiar sight, made fresh yet again by the tragic events of this week. But that very familiarity, and the tendency of one event to be swiftly superseded by another in the public consciousness, is a major issuetackled by Christopher Shinn's ambitious new epic. What is at the root of violence, and if we never stop to address that, how can humanity ever hope fora better future?

BWW Interview: LET IT SHINE Winners Talk Take That Musical THE BANDBWW Interview: LET IT SHINE Winners Talk Take That Musical THE BAND
August 7, 2017

New Take That musicalThe Band, co-created with Tim Firth, begins its national tour at Manchester Opera House on 8 September. Cast members AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Soloman, who wonTV talent showLet It Shine, give us a preview...

BWW Review: APOLOGIA, Trafalgar StudiosBWW Review: APOLOGIA, Trafalgar Studios
August 3, 2017

Back in 2009, Alexi Kaye Campbell followed up his bold first play The Pride with Apologia, which takes the well-trodden path of a fraught family reunion where past grievances stalk the present. If more conventional, it's still an enjoyable combination of big ideas, sharp comedy anda pervadingsense of loss.

APOLOGIA Leads August's Top 10 New London ShowsAPOLOGIA Leads August's Top 10 New London Shows
August 2, 2017

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a starry drama to musical revivals and family-friendly fun, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews

BWW Review: ROAD, Royal CourtBWW Review: ROAD, Royal Court
July 31, 2017

Thirty years on from its birth at the Royal Court, Jim Cartwright's northern, working-class battle cry returns in a revival from John Tiffany which, though initially stodgy, has an accumulative and undeniable force.

BWW Review: THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 - THE MUSICAL
July 27, 2017

Britain's most beloved diarist (give or take a Bridget Jones) comes to London in chamber musical form in a new adaptation created with the late Sue Townsend's blessing. Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary's version, tweaked since its premiere run in Leicester in 2015, should certainly prove popular with school holiday audiences, though a broader approach means parents may miss Townsend's subtly genius brand of humour.

BWW Interview: Emma Hatton On Bringing EVITA To The West EndBWW Interview: Emma Hatton On Bringing EVITA To The West End
July 27, 2017

Actress and singer Emma Hatton's previous work includes We Will Rock You and Wicked. She's now starring inAndrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's iconic musicalEvita, which returns to the West End - previews begin at Phoenix Theatre tomorrow night.

BWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, Old VicBWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, Old Vic
July 27, 2017

Defiantly rejecting the standard jukebox model, Conor McPherson's much-anticipated new work mining the back catalogue of Bob Dylan is labelled 'a play with songs' - or perhaps that should be a play and songs, with two distinct forms of storytelling weaving around one another, reflecting, deepening, revealing,in exquisitely soulful harmony.

BWW Review: MOSQUITOES, National TheatreBWW Review: MOSQUITOES, National Theatre
July 26, 2017

Olivia Williams and Olivia Colman are shattering as two warring sisters in Lucy Kirkwood's epic

BWW Interview: Mark Quartley Talks Motion Capture In THE TEMPESTBWW Interview: Mark Quartley Talks Motion Capture In THE TEMPEST
July 24, 2017

Mark Quartley's previous work includes Written on the HeartandMeasure for Measurefor the RSC,Ghostsat Rose Theatre Kingston,and TV seriesHoff the Record. His latest challenge is a motion-capture Ariel in the RSC'sground-breaking production ofThe Tempest- created with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios - which is currently playing at the Barbican.



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