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Rev Stan
London
It's all about theatre and films with me
Interests: theatre, films, london, photography, young adult fiction
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Pop Up Opera: Il Matrimonio Segreto Miller revival After a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre, Phil Willmott’s new production of Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy transfers to the King’s Head Theatre. In this forgotten masterpiece about Jewish registration in Nazi-occupied France, Miller’s play seems closer than ever... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Abraham Popoola Othello Ghazwan Alsafadi Montano and Christopher Bianchi Duke of Venice Gratiano. Photo: The Other Richard Othello (Abraham Popoola) and Desdemona (Norah Lopez Holden) are getting married in secret. It’s a Muslim ceremony and Desdemona has learned the Arabic vows. Once the ceremony is over Othello swaps his Muslim... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I'm going to preface this piece by pointing out that I saw a preview performance and given the nature of the production there may be an element of tightening up. Of course in prefacing this way I'm hinting that I had problems and I did, some may be resolved before... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Jez Butterworth's last play, The River, I described as the 'difficult second album' after the stellar success of Jerusalem - obviously it wasn't his second play but you know what I was getting at. I also, with an inadvertent sense of premonition described it as 'palate cleanser before the next... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Phina Oruche is telling us about the flat she lived in on the Aylesbury Estate in South London that, years after she left, was used to portray a drugs den in a BBC drama. At the time she was working as a model, leaving her less than glamourous home for... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Magic Flute, King's Head Theatre Generation rent - When four friends decide to save money for a deposit by living in a one bedroom flat together for a year which will they sacrifice first – the friendship, the relationship or the dream of buying their own property? Deposit by... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I finished my review of Keith Stevenson's Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd when it was on in January, at the White Bear, by saying I hoped it got a transfer so more people could see it. Hey presto, here it is at Trafalgar Studios 2 for another run,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Jam, Finborough Theatre * Incoming from Broadway is new play Oslo about the Oslo Peace accords which will have a short run at the National Theatre in September before transferring into the West End * Bertie Carvel is back at the Almeida, this time he's been cast with Richard Coyle... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I'm a huge fan of Simon Stephens but I'm not a huge fan of this particular piece of work. His plays can be poetic and lyrical but in Nuclear War he's forged into new territory, collaborating with movement director Imogen Knight for a piece in which the dialogue is interpreted... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Tessa Peake-Jones and Andrew French in While We're Here at thenew Bush Studio. Photo: Mark Douet Carol (Tessa Peake-Jones) is making up the sofa in her Havant home for Eddie (Andrew French) to sleep on. A chance meeting has thrown the former lovers together; they've not seen each other for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Before I had even taken my seat at the Donmar, I'd spoken to two actors and shaken Lenny Henry's hand. It's all part of the Donmar's transformation for the Bruce Norris adaptation of Brecht's play - The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. The stalls - stage and seating - have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Look what landed into my inbox today, rehearsal images for the Old Vic's forthcoming production of Woyzeck, adapted by Jack Thorne and starring John Boyega, Nancy Carroll, Darrell D'Silva, Sarah Greene and Steffan Rhodri. It runs from 15 May to 22 June and I'm really looking forward to it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Obsession is the latest production from Ivo Van Hove and the second in a trio of plays he has at the Barbican Theatre this year. Based on the 1943 Italian film which in turn based on James Cain's controversial crime novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, it is set in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Living a Little, King's Head Theatre My picks from London's fringe offerings in the coming weeks. Clowning about - London's Clown Festival celebrates physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance exploring what clown is to the modern performer and their audiences. Challenging assumptions about the word “clown” and bringing highly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Under the sub-heading 'An Incomplete History of Housing Told in Nine Plays' Cardboard Citizen are performing three cycles of three short plays exploring...housing. Playwrights including E V Crowe and Anders Lustgarten have contributed and stories told range in setting from the 1800s right up to present day. They are interspersed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Are we excited about the new Bridge Theatre's first season which was announced today? Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey, Michelle Fairley, Rory Kinnear (in bouffant wig), Richard Bean and Barney Norris? I would say that is quite exciting. But I must admit that my excitement was tempered until I found out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire. Photo Manuel Harlan Joshua McGuire (Guildenstern), who has played Hamlet, is on stage talking to a Hamlet (Luke Mullins) - could Tom Stoppard have anticipated this when he wrote Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 50 years ago? Such career progression from tragedy to humourous meta... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Threads: Samuel Lawrence and Katharine Davenport. Photo Lidia Crisafulli Vic (Katherine Davenport) has made a mercy dash to see her ex Charlie (Samuel Lawrence) suspecting he may have done something to himself. He still lives in the flat they shared when she walked out of the relationship five years earlier... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Darren Kuppan and Danny Ashok in Guards at the Taj at the Bush Theatre. Photo: Marc Brenner. Director Jamie Lloyd has moved on from dark dystopian Philip Ridley plays performed in the basement at Shoreditch Town Hall to something that is arguably even darker but set in 17th century India.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Compagnie XY's It's Not Yet Midnight...Photo courtesy of David Levene There is a group of 20 or so people on stage. The men are dressed in shirts and trousers, some with braces or waistcoats. Women similarly in shirts some with school girl style skirts or trousers. A push and shove... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Gap in the Light, New Diorama Feel I should apologise as I've been a bit lax in publishing my fringe theatre picks for the last couple of months (blame the day job). Anyway to remedy that, here are a handful of forthcoming productions that look interesting. Globalisation When work... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Playwright Nina Raine's previous plays have tackled social integration in the deaf community and the NHS, in Consent she takes on justice and the notion of consent. At the centre of the play is a rape case which two lawyer friends are working on - Edward (Ben Chaplin) is defending... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is the play in the Donmar's current season I'm most excited to see. Why? Well, Lenny Henry was one of the iconic TV stars of my childhood. I grew up with Tiswas (which my mum hated us watching), Three of a Kind, the Comic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Keith Stevenson in Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road, White Bear Theatre (c) Erika Boxler * The Almeida's excellent production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott is transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End in June. * And...not to take away from Hamlet's success but putting the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog