Author Archives: mkmswain

When Caroline Flack shone brightest: the touching story behind her Strictly triumph

Among the heartfelt tributes to the late Caroline Flack in recent days was a message from Strictly Come Dancing, praising the former contestant’s “infectious energy and passion for dance”. Flack won the 12th series of the show in 2014 with professional partner Pasha Kovalev, … Continue reading

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The Visit, National Theatre

Three years after the National’s enthralling revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, the playwright returns with his new adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s tragicomic 1956 parable – which has also been turned into an Ingrid Bergman-starring film and a Kander and Ebb musical. … Continue reading

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Leopoldstadt, Wyndham’s Theatre

Tom Stoppard’s latest – and possibly final – play has few of the dramatic hallmarks you might expect from him: the dazzling linguistic flourishes, the formal trickery, the knotty metaphors and giddy metatheatricality. Instead, we have a relatively straightforward, linear … Continue reading

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The Haystack, Hampstead Theatre

With counter-terrorism an urgent concern – and specifically how best to find, track and use the data of suspected threats, without sacrificing our privacy and civil liberties – it’s excellent timing for a meaty drama about the surveillance state. And the … Continue reading

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Endgame/Rough for Theatre II, Old Vic

“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.” Director Richard Jones has certainly taken Beckett’s words to heart in this vividly comic, star-cast Old Vic double bill, pairing Endgame with a lesser-known short play – which acts as a sort of stylistic and thematic amuse bouche. The result is a richly engaging … Continue reading

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New Year, New Dances

From circus and boxing crossover to retro with a twist and the ultimate diva moves: new dance styles to try this year. Read my full Dancing Times article here

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Faustus: That Damned Woman, Lyric Hammersmith

Changing the gender of the title character “highlights the way in which women still operate in a world designed by and for men,” argues Chris Bush, whose reimagining of Marlowe’s play premieres at the Lyric ahead of a UK tour. It’s certainly a compelling … Continue reading

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The Visit leads February’s Top 10 new London shows

From a new Tony Kushner adaptation to an epic musical and Shakespeare sitcom. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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The Welkin, National Theatre

How can we know more about a comet in outer space than we do a woman’s body? So queries Lucy Kirkwood’s superb new history play – a feminist courtroom drama that’s equal parts Twelve Angry Men, The Crucible and The Vagina Monologues, plus a dash … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Joe Iconis

The creator of Be More Chill discusses bringing the hit musical to London. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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