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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HADESTOWN Leads November's Top 10 New London Shows
October 27, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From new musicals to Shakespeare, Pinter and Magic Mike, 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: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER, Bridge Theatre
October 26, 2018

Hot off award-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and reunited with Matthew Dunster, who directed his hit Hangmen, Martin McDonagh brings his latest to the Bridge - quite a coup for Nick Hytner. Yet this provocative take on Hans Christian Andersen, and on the nature of storytelling, takes too scattershot an approach to fully land.

BWW Review: STORIES, National Theatre
October 18, 2018

Last year, Nina Raine had a National Theatre hit with Consent, which grilled deceit and empathy in both the legal system and relationships. Now, she turns her attention to a 39-year-old single woman desperately seeking a sperm donor - and once again, procedures are sharply juxtaposed with people.

BWW Review: MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Donmar Warehouse
October 12, 2018

It's a #MeToo-era Measure for Measure over at the Donmar, with Josie Rourke conducting a fascinating experiment: abridging Shakespeare's problem play to just over an hour and running it twice, once in period, once in modern dress. And with the key roles of Isabella and Angelo swapped between Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden.

BWW Interview: Miranda Larson Talks LITTLE BABY BUM LIVE
October 10, 2018

Miranda Larson is a writer and director for children's TV and theatre. Her current project is the stage version of the massively popular YouTube channel Little Baby Bum, which combines animated videos with traditional nursery rhymes and children's songs. Little Baby Bum Live is now touring the UK.

BWW Review: I'M NOT RUNNING, National Theatre
October 10, 2018

Britain's foremost political playwright David Hare returns with a new play examining the current state of the Labour Party. Or not exactly - this is a world with no Brexit, no Corbyn, nothing, in fact, to anchor it to the burning issues of 2018. A relief, perhaps, but this is a state-of-the-nation play unwilling to examine our actual state.

BWW Review: THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM, Wyndham's Theatre
October 9, 2018

French playwright Florian Zeller returns, with another compelling puzzle box of a play - the only thing definite about it being the trademark definite article in the title. But anchoring the human side of this elliptical work is a pair of commanding performances from Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce, ensuring engagement even as reality skips and blurs.

BWW Interview: Daniel Rigby Talks A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
October 1, 2018

Daniel Rigby's work includes Twelfth Night, One Man, Two Guvnors, and his BAFTA-winning performance as Eric Morecambe. He's currently playing Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Sheffield Crucible.

COMPANY Leads October's Top 10 New London Shows
September 29, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From gender-flipped Sondheim to David Hare and Martin McDonagh, 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: PINTER ONE and PINTER TWO, Harold Pinter Theatre
September 28, 2018

Jamie Lloyd is marking the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter's death in remarkable style with his Pinter at the Pinter season, staging all the great man's 20 short plays, plus some sketches and poetry – grouped into seven productions – at the theatre which now bears his name.

BWW Interview: Lucas Rush Talks ROCK OF AGES
September 26, 2018

Lucas Rush's past work includes American Idiot, We Will Rock You, Grease and Les Miserables. He's currently playing Lonny in the UK tour of Eighties-tastic musical Rock of Ages, alongside a cast that includes Danielle Hope, Jodie Steele, Strictly's Kevin Clifton, and Antony Costa. 

BWW Review: Tricycle Reopens as the Kiln Theatre
September 12, 2018

It's all change at the Kiln (was Tricycle) Theatre, with a £5.5 million redevelopment resulting in a bright, light, spacious and welcoming new building – complete with a more obvious street presence, comfortable café/bar area, plentiful ladies' loos, and a flexible auditorium with plush seats and improved sight lines.

BWW Review: DANCE NATION, Almeida Theatre
September 5, 2018

Wild, raw, hilarious and tender, Clare Barron's electrifying play - first seen in New York earlier this year - is a candid portrait of prepubescent girls, rare compared with the myriad male coming-of-age tales. But, like its warrior women, Barron's piece fights for its space, and with a formal daring that teeters thrillingly on the edge of chaos.

SYLVIA Leads September's Top 10 New London Shows
September 2, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a new hip-hop history lesson to Pinter and Shakespeare, 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: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, Southwark Playhouse
August 7, 2018

There's an explosion of spirit and - yes - 'cheer face' at Southwark Playhouse, hosting the long-awaited UK premiere of this 2011 musical; last year's national tour was sadly postponed. But Ewan Jones's dynamic British Theatre Academy production, with its minimal scenery and tight ensemble perfectly filling a midsize space, suggests it's the ideal piece to go on the road - not to mention its timely, uplifting message of inclusion.

BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Vaudeville Theatre
August 3, 2018

Classic Spring's year-long season ends with Wilde gone wild: a free love riot that yanks the homosexual subtext into text, with everyone from masters and servants to, er, the long-lost brothers sharing snogs and cigarettes. The famous passive aggressive tea party turns into a food fight, and even Lady Bracknell is at the sherry.

BWW Interview: Jeremy Swift Talks THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
August 2, 2018

Jeremy Swift is well known to TV audiences as Septimus Spratt on Downton Abbey. On the big screen, he's appeared in Polanski's Oliver Twist and Altman's Gosford Park, and will shortly be seen in Mary Poppins Returns. He's currently playing Reverend Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre, which opens tonight.

BWW Review: HOME, I'M DARLING, National Theatre
August 1, 2018

The first thing we see is Anna Fleischle's Fifties-tastic giant doll's-house set: each period-perfect room bathed in a different twinkling hue, flowers painted onto the brick wall, and jaunty music setting the tone. But Katherine Parkinson's Judy is able to open the front wall like a folding door - clearly establishing that this life, and this contentment, is just a facade.

OTHELLO Leads August's Top 10 New London Shows
July 30, 2018

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From starry Shakespeare and a new musical to family entertainment, 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: SPAMILTON, Menier Chocolate Factory
July 25, 2018

Gerard Alessandrini is not throwing away his shot. The creator of satirical revue Forbidden Broadway realised that the unprecedented success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical warranted a standalone show, and thus Spamilton was born. A 2016 Off-Broadway hit, the affectionate spoof now follows Hamilton over the pond.



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