Author Archives: mkmswain

Manon and Dream

The Royal Ballet’s Sarah Lamb superbly conveys Manon’s knotty psychology in Kenneth MacMillan’s passionate production, while the National Dance Company Wales share Christopher Bruce’s sporting Dream to mark what would have been the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. Read my … Continue reading

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Summer Shorts and ENB classes

Marquee TV’s Summer Shorts festival has plenty of dance goodies, including Marianela Nunez dancing to Nina Simone, while English National Ballet offers online workshops for keen teens. Read my The i Paper picks here

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The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Royal Opera House Online

ZooNation put their hip-hop spin on Lewis Carroll in this witty Kate Prince production – now available online. Read my full The i Paper pick here

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Dracula, Northern Ballet

Bram Stoker’s Gothic tale becomes ballet with a bite in David Nixon’s darkly seductive production – now available on iPlayer. Read my latest dance pick for The i Paper

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The Sleeping Beauty and DanceEast

The Royal Opera House’s sumptuous classic production casts a spell, while DanceEast shares highlights from its End of Year Shows. Check out my dance picks for The i Paper

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Songs for a New World, The Other Palace Digital

We’ve already had The Last Five Years in lockdown; now, we get a digital production of American composer Jason Robert Brown’s earliest work. A series of wistful pop/jazz numbers loosely linked thematically, rather than narratively, this 1995 abstract musical features various characters responding to a moment that upends … Continue reading

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The West End Frame Show

I guest host the popular theatre podcast to discuss the Government’s rescue package, Hamilton, documentaries and more. Listen to the podcast here

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Hamilton review

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ground-breaking Hamilton – filmed, NT Live style, with the original Broadway cast at three performances in June 2016 – was meant to hit cinemas next autumn. Instead, in response to Covid-19, it’s now streaming on Disney+. Read my … Continue reading

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Hamilton, Disney+

The movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights was meant to hit cinemas this summer, but, in response to Covid-19, has been put back to 2021. Instead, we get the early release on Disney+ of Miranda’s Hamilton – filmed, NT Live style, with the original Broadway cast at three … Continue reading

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The Last Five Years, The Other Palace Digital

A musical featuring two people who are physically separated? Jason Robert Brown’s work is a shutdown natural – as this new digital theatre version demonstrates. Lauren Samuels and Danny Becker, who play doomed lovers Cathy and Jamie, recorded their parts entirely in isolation, with Samuels (previously … Continue reading

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