Author Archives: mkmswain

Holy Sh!t, Kiln Theatre

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 … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Launch Show

Hello again, Strictly fans! It’s Series 16! Woohoo! Series 16, AKA the one where Marianka continually squawks “A YouTuber?” at her screen in the manner of Lady Bracknell’s “A handbag?” and feels about 102 and begins to contemplate the yawning … Continue reading

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The Humans, Hampstead Theatre

Transatlantic theatrical traffic is busier than ever, and now here at the Hampstead is not just Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning play, first seen in 2015, but director Joe Mantello and his full Broadway cast. It seems fitting that they should travel together, since Karam’s work … Continue reading

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Dance Nation, Almeida Theatre

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 … Continue reading

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Sylvia leads September’s Top 10 new London shows

From a new hip-hop history lesson to Pinter and Shakespeare. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Pericles, National Theatre

It’s a people’s revolution. For the very first time, a community cast takes the Olivier stage: around 200 non-professionals, led by a few actors, representing national diversity. And that’s no anaemic buzzword here, but real inclusion – assorted ages, sizes, … Continue reading

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Interview: Clare Barron talks Dance Nation

The playwright discusses the UK premiere of her latest work at the Almeida Theatre. Read my full Islington Gazette interview here

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Little Shop of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

The resplendent partnership of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman – which produced Disney hits Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid – first took root with this 1982 Off-Broadway musical, based on a low-budget Sixties film, about a man seeking love and fortune via a … Continue reading

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Bring It On: The Musical, Southwark Playhouse

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 planned national tour was sadly postponed. But Ewan Jones’s dynamic British Theatre Academy production, with its … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson, Incredibles 2, and The King and I

On my August MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition Michael Jackson’s influence on artists explored at the National Portrait Gallery Film The super-family is back in Incredibles 2 Theatre A golden revival of The King and I at London Palladium Commuter corner Seek out new … Continue reading

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