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Marianka Swain

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Marianka Swain is a London-based writer and editor. She is the UK Editor-in-Chief of BroadwayWorld, and also covers the arts for outlets such as the Ham & High and Islington Gazette newspapers, Dancing Times and MoveTo Town & Country magazines, and TodayTix. You can find further work on www.mkmswain.com or follow her on Twitter @mkmswain

Articles By Marianka Swain

The Last Five Years, Southwark Playhouse review - an inspired actor-musician take on a cult classic

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The Prince of Egypt, Dominion Theatre review - Moses musical goes big and broad

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The Haystack, Hampstead Theatre review - a chilling surveillance state thriller

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Endgame/Rough for Theatre II, Old Vic review - Beckett played for laughs

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Faustus: That Damned Woman, Lyric Hammersmith review - gender swap yields muddled results

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Rags: The Musical, Park Theatre review - a timely, if predictable, immigrant tale

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Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer, Hampstead Theatre review - it's game over for this chess play

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Dear Evan Hansen, Noël Coward Theatre review - this social outcast will steal your heart

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Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre review - a lavish but old-fashioned revival

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Ghost Quartet, Boulevard Theatre review - a beguiling journey into the beyond

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The Man in the White Suit, Wyndham's Theatre review - sparks but no combustion in this chemistry farce

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Noises Off, Garrick Theatre review - sublime chaos in Michael Frayn's meta-farce

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What Girls Are Made Of, Soho Theatre review - euphoric gig-theatre

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Preludes, Southwark Playhouse review - journeying into the mind of Rachmaninoff

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Falsettos, The Other Palace review - affecting search for the new normal

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Once on This Island, Southwark Playhouse review - folkloric Caribbean musical charms

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