Author Archives: mkmswain

Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre

It’s been 15 years since Cameron Mackintosh’s stage musical version of P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins made its West End debut. Now, the magical nanny returns to the Prince Edward Theatre, with Zizi Strallen (who also headlined the UK tour) succeeding her sister Scarlett in the … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

Rejoice, for our long national nightmare is over! Finally, Mike Bushell has left the Strictly dancefloor, taking his “comedy” with him. And about time – lord knows what tricks Katya was going to introduce next in sheer desperation (Katya hangs … Continue reading

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Strictly Week 8: Whose technique failed them in a dramatic dance?

Celebrities can get away with a certain amount on Strictly by adding comedy elements or a cheeky grin, but those “triers” are often exposed by the more serious dances – unless, like John Sergeant’s infamous paso doble, their playing it straight … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Right, hands up if you know how to perform an exorcism? For clearly the evil spirit is still in possession of this series of Strictly, keeping Ginger Neil on the bench, taking poor Will Bayley out of the competition altogether, even … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing Week 7: Whose Latin technique got them in trouble?

It was a hard week for the female celebrities tackling Latin dances, with all but Michelle Visage’s paso doble landing at the bottom of the leaderboard. Emma Weymouth, the latest eliminated contestant, was felled by samba – notorious for its tricky … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing – with its first same-sex dance tomorrow, is the show keeping in step with the modern dance world?

Bereft fans of popular new professional Johannes Radebe, who departed Strictly Come Dancing with partner Catherine Tyldesley after a controversial dance-off last week, will at least get to see him make history on tomorrow night’s results show. Read my full Telegraph article … Continue reading

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Ghost Quartet, Boulevard Theatre

London’s latest new theatre opens with an appropriately otherworldly Halloween offering: American composer Dave Malloy’s teeming 2014 song cycle, which played at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016. It’s a superb piece for demonstrating the benefits of this intimate, flexible cabaret-esque space – played … Continue reading

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Is Strictly’s dance-off still fit for purpose?

Drama erupted on last weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing when, in a split decision, the judges saved BBC presenter Mike Bushell and partner Katya Jones in the climactic dance-off – eliminating actress Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe. Read my full The i Paper article here

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The Antipodes, National Theatre

Is this a great time to tell stories, shedding light in dark times? Or is it an impossible task? That’s the loose premise of Annie Baker’s wilfully elusive new piece, featuring the brainstorming session from hell – or possibly about hell, … Continue reading

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The West End Frame Show

Had the great pleasure of joining theatre podcast The West End Frame Show as a guest co-host, discussing recent openings and news. Listen to it here!

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