Marianka Swain

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Reviews (27)
Four Quartets
Westminster
London Theatre

Fiennes ... beautifully honours the spirit of the text, which poses questions rather than forcing answers. This isn’t a show where you can sit back and let the entertainment come to you; it’s one that leaves room for you to find your own reading. Full Review

London Theatre

Think Tom Stoppard meets Sliding Doors...This ingenious revival, by original director Michael Longhust, offers four casts — and yet more variations...A starry triumph. Full Review

The Arts Desk

Ultimately, however, this production is far more about the blockbuster exterior than the inner life, and, suiting the cavernous Dominion, it generally delivers on that score. Full Review

Dear Evan Hansen
Covent Garden
The Arts Desk

A pat sentiment, perhaps, but worth sharing – and if this modern fable speaks loudest to a new generation of theatregoers, then it’s one we can all cheer. Full Review

The Arts Desk

Sparks but no combustion in this chemistry farce Full Review

The Arts Desk

Euphoric gig-theatre... Cora Bissett recalls the highs andThough the broad shape of this tale is familiar, Bissett’s gig-theatre approach lends it a raw authenticity and engaging confessional quality.' Full Review

Falsettos
Westminster
The Arts Desk

Affecting search for the new normal...This ambitious musical tackles the changing forms of family, romance and faith.' Full Review

Evita
Barbican
The Arts Desk

A diva dictator for 2019...The ensemble is an expressive force throughout...Both literal and figurative fireworks in Jamie Lloyd's innovative musical revival.' Full Review

On Your Feet!
Charing Cross
The Arts Desk

...the best moment of the evening is the encore medley of hits, when the show throws off the shackles of traditional narrative and instead lets the whole ensemble cut loose, interact with the band, and invite the audience to join in. Full Review

The Arts Desk

for a previous production A jazz-hot musical revue. Dancing, singing and plenty of swinging in this joyful tribute to Fats Waller...Huntley and Mabuse build in telling character moments to keep the songs compelling.' Full Review

BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "French playwright Florian Zeller returns, with another compelling puzzle box of a play - the only thing definite about it being the trademark definite article in the title." Full Review

The Arts Desk

Real talk: this inclusive and utterly joyful new musical has the biggest heart and the best pair of legs in the West End. Full Review

Ham&High Broadway

for a previous production "Murfi’s 75-minute one-man show is unashamedly nostalgic and sentimental...However, his physical versatility, ear for idiosyncratic, often poetic turns of phrase, and storyteller’s effortless command mightily impresses. Pat is intelligent, humorous, and articulate...Murfi is an astute observer of the region’s intersecting superstition and earthy common sense...It’s a persuasive argument for not overlooking those society pushes to the margins. A real gem." Full Review

Ham&High Broadway

for a previous production "Jonathan Munby’s electrifying production begins in classic horror territory, our devil in orange jumpsuit shackled to the floor – until de Kock himself references Silence Of The Lambs with wry irony...It’s a searingly intelligent study of a society struggling to heal, placing collective responsibility and reciprocal clemency against an endless cycle of recrimination. Yet Gobodo-Madikizela is adamant that “forgiveness is not forgetting.”" Full Review

Frozen (London)
Covent Garden
The Arts Desk

This isn’t a radical revamp, nor does the core Frozen audience want one. But, even if it plays it safe, Michael Grandage’s handsomely mounted show is still an impressive, twinkling spectacle with a sincere drama at its heart. Full Review

Under Milk Wood
Waterloo
London Theatre

But once it kicks into gear, Turner’s production brilliantly communicates the wit of Under Milk Wood... Full Review

Endgame
Lambeth
The Arts Desk

Beckett played for laughs...Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe lead a lively double bill...a richly engaging evening, though one that skirts real profundity.' Full Review

The Arts Desk

All contribute to a lavish if somewhat muddled and inescapably old-fashioned revival – sure to succeed commercially via the nostalgic power of Poppins, but, unlike its titular nanny, never quite taking flight. Full Review

Noises Off
Charing Cross
The Arts Desk

Michael Frayn’s laugh-til-you-weep backstage comedy ...the funniest night you’ll have in the West End. Full Review

Preludes
Southwark
The Arts Desk

Dave Malloy's innovative musical immerses us in a creative crisis...Though excitingly radical in form, Malloy’s piece does contain critiques that could be applied to his own work...' Full Review

The Arts Desk

...this is a light-hearted, appealing summer outing. After all, it combines the chance to experience a seldom-seen musical with a heartening glimpse of emerging British talent...' Full Review

The Arts Desk

Iowan romance fizzles...Trevor Nunn's busy production competes with Jason Robert Brown's exquisite score...When the staging is simpler and freer, the actors – and the work – shine.' Full Review

Man of La Mancha
Charing Cross
The Arts Desk

The castanet-and-guitar-heavy, Spanish-inflected music is put across with great relish by the ENO Orchestra...there are some striking visuals...But, overall, this is really only one for the musical theatre completists. Full Review

Betrayal
Westminster
The Arts Desk

Jamie Lloyd locates the radical soul of a classic work...A searing climax to a thrilling season. Full Review

The Arts Desk

for a previous production [The] greatest hits should satisfy the Tina superfans, but there’s an unresolved tension here between producing a genuinely satisfying musical drama, and just surrendering to a great night out. This mould-breaking artist deserves more. Full Review

The Emperor
Brooklyn
Ham&High Broadway

for a previous production “Teevan has created an extraordinary showcase for the chameleon like Kathryn Hunter...Hunter embodies a dozen of Selassie’s loyal flunkeys, magically switching between them...Her consummate skill is matched by that of krar-strumming musician Zeleke...Meierjohann wisely keeps the staging relatively stark and simple, drawing us into the spellbinding storytelling. A fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of absolute power, and a human take on a resonant history lesson.” Full Review

The Arts Desk

for a previous production "Macmillan’s script is almost as prickly as its sardonic lead...The metaphors are sometimes overegged, but Gough’s raw delivery ensures Macmillan’s discourse has a visceral immediacy. She makes Emma’s articulate nihilism persuasive and simultaneously obnoxiously self-indulgent. Crucially, Gough fully earns our investment in her emotional journey, through trauma, grief and the day-by-day process of healing, by never openly courting it. Fearless, unflinching, and unforgettable." Full Review