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: MARY STUART, Duke of York's TheatreBWW Review: MARY STUART, Duke of York's Theatre
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Posted: Feb. 12, 2018


BWW Review: DRY POWDER, Hampstead TheatreBWW Review: DRY POWDER, Hampstead Theatre
Posted: Feb. 2, 2018


BWW Review: GIRLS & BOYS, Royal CourtBWW Review: GIRLS & BOYS, Royal Court
Posted: Feb. 15, 2018


BWW Review: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Wyndham's TheatreBWW Review: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Wyndham's Theatre
Posted: Feb. 7, 2018


BWW Review: FROZEN, Theatre Royal HaymarketBWW Review: FROZEN, Theatre Royal Haymarket
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BWW Interview: Stars Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington Talk BAT OUT OF HELLAndrew Polec and Christina Bennington Talk BAT OUT OF HELL
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BWW Interview: Ashley Gilmour Talks MISS SAIGON TourAshley Gilmour Talks MISS SAIGON Tour
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BWW Interview: David Oakes Talks VENUS IN FURBWW Interview: David Oakes Talks VENUS IN FUR
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BWW Interview: Sara Poyzer, New West End Donna, Talks MAMMA MIA!Sara Poyzer Talks West End MAMMA MIA!
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BWW Interview: Carley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLESCarley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLES
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BWW Review: FROZEN, Theatre Royal HaymarketBWW Review: FROZEN, Theatre Royal Haymarket
February 21, 2018

No, it's not that Frozen - although the immortal words 'Let it go' do appear in the second half. Otherwise this is a far cry from the Disney juggernaut. Bryony Lavery's 1998 play deals with the abduction of a child, and asks whether evil can be easily defined - or forgiven.

BWW Review: GIRLS & BOYS, Royal CourtBWW Review: GIRLS & BOYS, Royal Court
February 15, 2018

'It just seems to be a thing that we do, this incomprehensible violence thing.' So says the narrator of Dennis Kelly's new one-woman play, performed in a staggering tour-de-force by Carey Mulligan. She's been reflecting on an American mass shooting (and the fact that yet another has taken place just this week is sickening) and wondering whether violence is innate, and if so, whether it's a particularly male impulse.

LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Leads February's Top 10 New London ShowsLONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Leads February's Top 10 New London Shows
February 12, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From O'Neill and flamencoto punk and Pippin, 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: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Wyndham's TheatreBWW Review: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Wyndham's Theatre
February 7, 2018

Though a long journey indeed, Richard Eyre's is a vital revival, giving vigour to Eugene O'Neill's mighty, semi-autobiographical work and making all the more poignant this tormented but fast-talking family's gradual dwindling into a despairing silence.

BWW Review: DRY POWDER, Hampstead TheatreBWW Review: DRY POWDER, Hampstead Theatre
February 2, 2018

Inequality is a hot topic for dramatists, but Sarah Burgess's deliciously dark comedy comes at it from a surprising perspective: allowing those high-finance gorgons to have their say. Of course, part of the strategy is giving them enough rope to hang themselves with, but this cynical satire argues that no one is clean here; we all have our price.

BWW Review: MARY STUART, Duke of York's TheatreBWW Review: MARY STUART, Duke of York's Theatre
January 26, 2018

'Heads.' One word, and one coin toss, decides which roles Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams will play on the night: the titular Mary, or her rival Elizabeth I. Last night Williams took the latter - the company immediately bowing to her. It was a comic moment that underlined a key theme: fortune is fickle, and power is a mirage.

BWW Review: JOHN, National TheatreBWW Review: JOHN, National Theatre
January 25, 2018

Pulitzer-winning American playwright Annie Baker returns to the National where The Flick was a quiet triumph in 2016 with another work that is epic in form (three hours and change), but similarly spellbinding in its ability to draw an audience close. Though Baker flirts with horror tropes here, it's not in service of big spooks or jump scares; instead, the smallest of interactions and realisations are writ large.

BWW Review: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, Harold Pinter TheatreBWW Review: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, Harold Pinter Theatre
January 19, 2018

It's 60 years since Harold Pinter's play premiered - and flopped - at Lyric Hammersmith, baffling critics (with one exception) and audiences alike. Now, we expect the sinister subversion of both the seemingly mundane setting and the dramatic form that Pinter the jobbing actor knew from rep: that of the sub-Christie mystery thriller. But played well, as it is here by a starry cast, the play still has the power to unsettle.

BWW Interview: Peter Wight Talks THE BIRTHDAY PARTYBWW Interview: Peter Wight Talks THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
January 17, 2018

Actor Peter Wight's career varies from Robert Icke's recent Hamlet to a range of classical and contemporary work with the National Theatre, Royal Court and RSC, plus multiple Mike Leigh films. His current project is the 60th-anniversary revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, now in previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY Leads January's Top 10 New London ShowsTHE BIRTHDAY PARTY Leads January's Top 10 New London Shows
January 4, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a major Pinter revival to Wilde, Schiller and some exciting transfers, here are this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews!

BWW Review: HAMILTON, Victoria Palace TheatreBWW Review: HAMILTON, Victoria Palace Theatre
December 22, 2017

Does Hamilton live up the hype - and will it appeal to British audiences? Yes, and yes again. It's not like America has a monopoly on national identity crisis, leadership, immigration, parenthood, grief, sex scandals and political rivalries. But beyond that, it's just a blisteringly great night out: universally thrilling entertainment.

BWW Review: PINOCCHIO, National TheatreBWW Review: PINOCCHIO, National Theatre
December 14, 2017

The puppet who wants to be a real boy is all grown up in this new musical version - very much the darker side of Disney. Book writer Dennis Kelly went back to the original 19th-century Italian tale, by Collodi, and tonally, John Tiffany's production leans more towards that incarnation: a Pinocchio recognisably in the tradition of grim Grimms' Fairy Tales.

BWW Review: CELL MATES, Hampstead TheatreBWW Review: CELL MATES, Hampstead Theatre
December 8, 2017

Offstage drama infamously hijacked the 1995 premiere of Simon Gray's play, with star Stephen Fry walking out mid-run - hastening the production's early closing. Here, then, is a chance to put the focus back on the work itself in Edward Hall's revival.

BWW Review: BARNUM, Menier Chocolate FactoryBWW Review: BARNUM, Menier Chocolate Factory
December 6, 2017

The Menier has a superb track record with breathing new life into classic musicals, but falls short with their latest revival: Cy Coleman's 1980 portrait of P.T. Barnum, creator of The Greatest Show on Earth . In stripping back some of the spectacle for this smaller space, Gordon Greenberg's production reveals the work's weaknesses as well as those of its leading man.

HAMILTON: The Ultimate GuideHAMILTON: The Ultimate Guide
December 5, 2017

Hamilton finally makes its UK debut at the Victoria Palace Theatre tomorrow night. Need a quick primer on the musical phenomenon? Here's the lowdown

BWW Interview: Lucie Shorthouse On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIEBWW Interview: Lucie Shorthouse On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
December 3, 2017

Actress Lucie Shorthouse stars in new musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which transferred from Sheffield to the West End's Apollo Theatre - garnering rave reviews, including plenty of praise for Shorthouse's breakout turn as Pritti.

HAMILTON Leads December's Top 10 New London ShowsHAMILTON Leads December's Top 10 New London Shows
November 29, 2017

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a feverishly anticipated musical to sci-fi and Shakespeare, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews and find our top Christmas picks here!

BWW Interview: Actress Lizzy Connolly Talks THE TWILIGHT ZONEBWW Interview: Actress Lizzy Connolly Talks THE TWILIGHT ZONE
November 23, 2017

Lizzy Connolly's past work includes On the Town, The Wild Party, Once in a Lifetime and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She's now tackling Anne Washburn's adaptation of TV classic The Twilight Zone at Almeida Theatre; previews begin 5 December.

BWW Review: NETWORK, National TheatreBWW Review: NETWORK, National Theatre
November 14, 2017

News as showbiz, entire networks and even a reality TV President fuelled by articulating popular rage, and gradual corporate dehumanisation: we are now living Paddy Chayefsky's satirical dystopia. Lee Hall's astute adaptation recognises that the 1976 movie needs little updating to feel like a searing indictment of 2017.

BroadwayWorld's Top Christmas Picks For London TheatreBroadwayWorld's Top Christmas Picks For London Theatre
November 14, 2017

Christmas is upon us, and the capital, as usual, is serving up a veritable feast of festive offerings. Here are some of London's finest



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