Author Archives: mkmswain

Pinocchio, National Theatre

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, … Continue reading

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More Strictly chat on Georgey Spanswick

I joined Georgey Spanswick again on her BBC radio show to talk Strictly. Click here to listen to the interview (I’m on at about 2hr 36min)

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Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Two dances is theoretically a good test of range, growth and performance at this crucial stage, but can often make for a night of half-finished numbers – the pros’ steely ambition exceeding the knackered celebs’ execution. So it proved in … Continue reading

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Cell Mates, Hampstead Theatre

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 … Continue reading

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Barnum, Menier Chocolate Factory

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”. Read my full BroadwayWorld review … Continue reading

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Hamilton: The Ultimate Guide

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… Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Musicals Week – where ballroom comes to die. Well, not entirely, but it did feel for much of the evening as though we were watching the backdoor pilot episode of spin-off Strictly Come Auditioning For The West End (Who Are … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Lucie Shorthouse

The actress discusses new hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Sadiq Khan

In a special edition of our ‘Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner’ series, the Mayor of London shares his capital experiences. Read my full Discover Britain magazine interview here

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Hamilton leads December’s Top 10 new London shows

From a feverishly anticipated musical to sci-fi and Shakespeare. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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