Author Archives: mkmswain

As You Like It/Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe

Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director of the Globe will be carefully scrutinised. Emma Rice’s contentious exit raised important questions about the venue’s purpose, its balancing of tradition and innovation, new and returning audiences, and about how we engage … Continue reading

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Red, Wyndham’s Theatre

The band’s back together. Alfred Molina plays Rothko for the third time in Michael Grandage’s revisiting of John Logan’s richly textured two-hander, first seen at the Donmar in 2009 and then bypassing the West End for Broadway. Another excellent Alfred – Alfred Enoch, of … Continue reading

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Describe the Night, Hampstead Theatre

American playwright Rajiv Joseph’s latest certainly doesn’t lack for ambition, spanning 90 years, three countries, and mixing history and fiction in its form to make a point about, well, mixing history and fiction. Storytelling through to the pertinent “fake news” … Continue reading

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An Ideal Husband, Vaudeville Theatre

Classic Spring’s third Oscar Wilde production gains extra piquancy from Amber Rudd’s resignation – dealing, as it does, with political scandal and social hypocrisy. It’s another facet for Jonathan Church’s well-balanced revival, which proves as handsome, witty and ultimately kindly … Continue reading

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Mood Music, Old Vic

Gendered power dynamics, the commodification of art, and abuse in the creative industries: Joe Penhall’s new play certainly feels of the moment, and there’s a particular frisson in seeing such subject matter explored at the Old Vic, which is dealing with the … Continue reading

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Chess, London Coliseum

Chess, by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, hasn’t had a major West End revival since its Eighties heyday, but it’s back with a bang in a semi-staged production that features aerial silk acrobatics, cheerleading stunts and drunken Cossack dancing. But … Continue reading

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Red leads May’s Top 10 new London shows

From meaty revivals to the open-air theatres opening their doors. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Monet, Black Panther, Brief Encounter and Medieval whodunnit

On my April MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition The National Gallery explores Monet’s relationship with architecture Film Marvel-ously diverse heroics in Black Panther Theatre Emma Rice’s gorgeously romantic take on Brief Encounter Commuter corner Medieval whodunnit in Samantha Harvey’s The Western Wind Read the full page … Continue reading

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Absolute Hell, National Theatre

The original version of Rodney Ackland’s provocative work, The Pink Room, had a bruising reception back in 1952, losing thousands for investor Terence Rattigan amidst furious reviews. Since salvaged by the Orange Tree in the Eighties, its rebirth was cemented by … Continue reading

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Time After Time

The creator and stars discuss the stage musical version of Strictly Ballroom. Read my full Dancing Times article here

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