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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 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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Punchdrunk Launches Immersive Theatre In Care Homes With GREENHIVE GREEN
March 11, 2016

Internationally renowned theatre company Punchdrunk has announced a ground-breaking Artists Residencies in Care Homes programme. Supported by intergenerational arts specialists Magic Me, the company brings its signature immersive practice to Greenhive Green, an award-winning care home run by Anchor in Peckham, south London.

Carrie Hope Fletcher and Shaun Williamson Join Touring Cast of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
March 10, 2016

Further casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. From May 4 until 2 October 2, Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Miserables, War of the Worlds) will play Truly Scrumptious, and from May 4 until August 21, Shaun Williamson (The Railway Children, EastEnders) will play Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst. Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray), who currently plays the roles of Lord Scrumptious and Baron Bomburst, returns to the show from August 24.

Danny Lee Wynter, Tom Varey & Joseph Quinn Lead Jean Genet's DEATHWATCH at the Print Room
March 9, 2016

The full cast is announced for the final production in the Coronet's spring season, DEATHWATCH, from April 11 to May 7. This new Print Room production of Jean Genet's powerful and provocative first play, in a translation by David Rudkin, marks its first major revival in almost 30 years. Deathwatch stars Danny Lee Wynter, Joseph Quinn, Tom Varey and Emma Naomi, and is directed by Geraldine Alexander, who received critical acclaim for the direction of her own play, Amygdala, at The Print Room's former space in 2013. The Coronet is also working with playwright David Rudkin on complementary activity around the production.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for simple8's DON'T SLEEP THERE ARE SNAKES at Park Theatre
March 8, 2016

simple8, the critically-acclaimed ensemble based theatre company - winners of the 2015 Peter Brook / Empty Space Awards - will make their Park Theatre debut with the world premiere of a new play by Sebastian Armesto and Dudley Hinton. DON'T SLEEP THERE ARE SNAKES, based on the true story and book by linguist, author and academic, Daniel Everett, will play at Park Theatre on March 22-April 23. 

DON'T MISS: Florian Zeller's The Truth Leads This Week's Top 10 New London Shows, March 7 2016
March 7, 2016

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From Florian Zeller's latest to Branagh farce and a new atomic musical, here are some of this week's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, and if you need more ticket-booking inspiration, here is last week's round-up.

Imelda Staunton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Rylance Featured in New Book CURTAIN CALL: A YEAR BACKSTAGE IN LONDON THEATRE
March 4, 2016

Curtain Call has announced the publication of their inaugural book, which boasts never before seen photography from nearly 60 London theatre productions in 2015/16. CURTAIN CALL: A YEAR BACKSTAGE IN LONDON THEATRE, created by photographer Matt Humphrey and actor/director John Schwab, features an extraordinary collection of fly-on-the-wall backstage images, offering glimpses of big names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicole Kidman, Mark Rylance, Imelda Staunton, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Strong and Damian Lewis. Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards, it's the first in a planned series of photography books.

Alice Haig and Vince Leigh Lead THE BRINK at Orange Tree Theatre
March 3, 2016

The cast has been announced for Brad Birch's new play THE BRINK at Orange Tree Theatre. Alice Haig, Vince Leigh, Shvorne Marks and Ciarán Owens will lead the world premiere, directed by Mel Hillyard as recipient of the J.P. Morgan Emerging Director Award 2015, with designs from Hyemi Shin, and sound design and composition by Tom Gibbons. The show runs April 7-30, and is a co-production between the Orange Tree and W14 Productions, in association with the National Theatre Studio.

Britain's Got Talent Winners Attraction Announce New Premiere Date for THE BOX at London Palladium
March 2, 2016

The new world premiere date of Britain's Got Talent winners Attraction's first full-length show, THE BOX, at London Palladium has been announced as March 10. The show, which was originally scheduled for November 2015, boasts a futuristic and innovative combination of the shadow work Attraction are famous for integrated with black light and video mapping, giving audiences a 4D visual sensation never before seen on stage. The multi-sensory piece will play for one night only.

Afrofuturistic Performance Artist LADY VENDREDI Makes Her Soho Theatre Debut
March 1, 2016

Grace Jones meets Grindhouse in the form of Afrofuturistic performance artist Lady Vendredi, who makes her Soho Theatre debut next month. THE PASSION OF LADY VENDREDI plays at Soho April 12-20, as a co-production between new company MAS Productions and Britain's longest-running black theatre company nitroBEAT, which challenges the perception of live performance in its current form.

DON'T MISS: Computer-generated Musical Leads This Week's Top 10 New London Shows, February 29 2016
February 29, 2016

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a computer-created musical to tabletop Shakespeare, here are some of this week's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, and if you need more ticket-booking inspiration, here is last week's round-up.

Kit Harington-starring DOCTOR FAUSTUS Announces Three-week Extension and Full Cast
February 26, 2016

Due to unprecedented demand, the Jamie Lloyd Company's production of Doctor Faustus will extend its run at the Duke of York's Theatre by three weeks. Full casting has also been announced, with Jenna Russell taking the role of Mephistopheles. Jade Anouka (Wagner), Tom Edden (Good Angel), Danielle Flett (Valdes), Brian Gilligan (Cornelius), Forbes Masson (Lucifer), Craig Stein (Evil Angel) and ensemble member Gabby Wong join Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), who plays the title role.

Full Cast Announced For First National Tour of Torben Betts's INVINCIBLE
February 25, 2016

Casting has been announced for the first ever national tour of Torben Betts's INVINCIBLE, directed by Christopher Harper. The full cast includes Alastair Whatley as Oliver, Emily Bowker as Emily, Graeme Brookes as Alan and Kerry Bennett as Dawn.

Shortlist Announced for The Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography 2015
February 24, 2016

The Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography 2015 shortlist has been revealed. The contenders are Peter Whitebrook for John Osborne Anger is not about..., James Shapiro for 1606 William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear, David Hare for The Blue Touch Paper, Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan for A Night in the Emperor's Garden and Michael Pennington for Let Me Play The Lion/How to Be an Actor.

Actress Sam Womack Launches New Theatre in LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY
February 23, 2016

Actress Sam Womack launched a project to create the new 400-seat Broadway Theatre in Letchworth Garden City this week, as part of a £4 million investment in the arts which also sees the opening of a gallery in the town.

DON'T MISS: Cyrano de Bergerac Leads This Week's Top 10 New London Shows, February 22 2016
February 22, 2016

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From an all-female reimagining of a classic tale to a late, great Shakespeare, here are some of this week's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, and if you need more ticket-booking inspiration, here is last week's round-up.

Full Cast Announced for LUCE at Southwark Playhouse, Starring Mel Giedroyc
February 19, 2016

Southwark Playhouse today announces the full cast for the UK premiere of JC Lee's LUCE, which runs March 9 to April 2. Joining Mel Geidroyc are Natasha Gordon, Martins Imhangbe, Elizabeth Tan and Nigel Whitmey. Natasha Gordon replaces Josette Simon who has had to withdraw from the production for personal reasons. Simon Dormandy, whose recent productions include his own stage adaptation of iconic film The Hudsucker Proxy, will direct, and his Hudsucker collaborator Dick Bird designs.

Photo Flash: New Images Released For MISS JULIE At Etcetera Theatre
February 18, 2016

Buckland Theatre Co. launches as a full-scale producing company with an intimate version of Strindberg's MISS JULIE, which opens next week at Camden's Etcetera Theatre. The show will take over the space entirely for the duration of its four-week run. It features Laura Greenwood as Miss Julie, Charlie Dorfman as Jean and Danielle Henry as Kristin, directed by Gary Condes, with set and costume design by Carla Goodman and lighting and sound design by Joe Price.

Performance Artist Meow Meow Cast As Titania At SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE
February 17, 2016

New artistic director Emma Rice has made a statement of intent with a major piece of casting at her inaugural Globe Wonder Season. Performance artist Meow Meow will debut as Titania in opening production A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM this April, which Rice directs.

Andy Zaltzman, Hal Cruttenden and WiFi Wars join UDDERBELLY FESTIVAL at Southbank Centre
February 16, 2016

Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground have announced that master satirist Andy Zaltzman, waspish comic Hal Cruttenden and psychedelic Tony Law will be entertaining the Purple Cow this summer. They'll be joined for the first time by WiFi Wars, a new interactive game show from comedian and gaming expert Steve McNeil, which sets the audience a series of play-along challenges on their smartphones.

DON'T MISS: Uzo Aduba Leads This Week's Top 10 New London Shows, February 15 2016
February 15, 2016

The Maids, Trafalgar Studios Jamie Lloyd has enlisted a cracking trio of actresses to take on this contemporary adaptation of Jean Genet's psychological thriller. Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Laura Carmichael (Dowton Abbey) join forces to explore sex, murder and class.



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