Author Archives: mkmswain

Life of Pi, Wyndham’s Theatre

A teenage boy adrift at sea for 227 days with only a Royal Bengal tiger for company? Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning philosophical novel Life of Pi is the ultimate adaptation challenge. Read my full London Theatre review here

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Romeo and Juliet, Royal Albert Hall

Sergei Polunin finds his redemption, but Alina Cojocaru’s the star in this new production. Read my full Telegraph review here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 10

Can you believe it’s nearly the quarter-finals already? Dan Walker is still here, so I certainly can’t. Read my full Dancing Times blog here

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021, week 10

Tilly Ramsay is scuppered by the samba, plunging from the top to the bottom of the leaderboard. Read my Telegraph talking points for the main show and the results show

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Aladdin, Lyric Hammersmith

The traditional curtain-raiser for theatre’s festive season sacrifices pantomime silliness for painful political gags. Read my full Telegraph review here

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The Drifters Girl, Garrick Theatre

It’s a crying shame that we don’t have more showcase roles in musical theatre for blazing talent like soul queen Beverley Knight, and if nothing else, this new show supplies one. Read my full London Theatre review here

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Four Quartets, Harold Pinter Theatre

TS Eliot’s dense, sprawling, four-poem cycle exploring time, faith, mortality, history, love, and everything in between doesn’t exactly scream commercial theatre. Read my full London Theatre review here

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A Christmas Carol, Old Vic

Matthew Warchus’s Dickensian charmer is back at the Old Vic for a fifth year. Read my full Telegraph review here

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Manor, National Theatre

Moira Buffini’s state-of-the-nation play is pegged to that irresistible trope: the dark and stormy night, with a group of strangers forced to seek shelter in a spooky manor house.  Read my full London Theatre review here

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Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon review: Outlander is back – but why sideline the heroine?

After a seven-year wait, the new instalment of the Outlander series finds our heroes caught in the middle of the American Revolutionary War. Read my full Telegraph review here

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