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Rev Stan
London
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, london, photography, young adult fiction
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Theatre marketing people take note: I was moaning on Twitter about how audience surveys never really reflect my theatre habits and this started a thread of some of the reasons why theatre fans actually choose to see a particular play. And then these followed: And... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Overheard some people arguing at the interval as to whether Cell Mates would get any better. The detractor won and they left but they should have stayed because it did get a lot better. Simon Gray's cold war comedy thriller is based loosely on real events surrounding double agent George... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hi Carolyn, sorry just seen your comment - I was away when it came in so missed it. Thanks for the feedback on the gallery seats it's good to know for future booking. And sorry you didn't enjoy it more, I've heard other people say they were underwhelmed so you aren't alone.
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As someone who can mildly be described as not being a Christmas person the fact that I came out of the Old Vic after watching A Christmas Carol with a spring in my step, whistling Christmas carols is an achievement. So, in a faintly Christmassy style here are 12 things... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Beginning, National Theatre You wait ages then two Martin McDonagh plays come along... * The Bridge Theatre announced a new play by McDonagh, The Very Very Very Dark Matter which opens in October 2018 and not only that it stars Jim Broadbent. * Before that, in June, The Lieutenant of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The beautiful Aldwych Theatre is hosting a winter season of La Soirée giving the cabaret/circus show a Moulin Rouge-style setting including on stage cafe-style chairs and tables. But where Moulin Rouge is suggestive and saucy, La Soirée sometimes leaves nothing to the imagination and occasionally pushes the boundaries of good... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Sat down to watch Albion with a mixture of expectations. A theatre loving friend said they'd left at the interval but Victoria Hamilton and Luke Thallon were both shortlisted for Evening Standard Theatre awards. Now, I don't believe there is too much inference to be drawn from award nominations but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Butch Monologues (c) Christa Holka The Butch Monologues is many voices in many stories, more than 50 personal experiences in fact, told in just 60 minutes and that is part of its power. Some of the stories are just a few sentences, some last a minute or so but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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RSC's Coriolanus 2017. Photo by Helen Maybanks (c) RSC Two military leaders clash on stage. There is nothing delicate or seemingly choreographed, rather sparks fly from the machete-style swords as they make contact with flinch-inducing force. It is powerful, ferocious fight with a genuine sense of danger - certainly from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Still catching up post hols, hence the quick review but I loved this play. It's set at the end of Laura's (Justine Mitchell) flat-warming party when all the guests have left apart from one: Danny (Sam Troughton). She's confidence, sassy; he uses slightly laddish humour to try and mask his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Saw this back in October and normally I write up my thoughts within a few days, while everything is still fresh but work, then a holiday got in the way. However, it is actually proving an interesting exercise, reflecting after nearly a month, on what has stayed with me -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Mischief Theatre A little later than usual as I've been on holiday... * Quite a few nuggets of excitement in the National Theatre’s 2018 season announcement. Sam Mendes will direct The Lehmans Trilogy and Ralph Fiennes will appear alongside Sophie Okonedo in Antony and Cleopatra. Stan-fav Colin Morgan will star... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The benefits of being a brand new theatre is that you can address a lot of the niggles people have with older theatres: uncomfortable seats, lack of space for refreshments, bad sight-lines and not enough ladies loos etc. Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr's Bridge Theatre beautifully situated on the opposite... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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L-R Brett Brown, Jessica Carroll & Eva Traynor in Fishskin Trousers at Park Theatre. Photo by David Gill Three stories that transcend the 12th to 21st century all connected by a place: Orford Ness, a wild island on the Suffolk coast. Mab (Jessica Carroll) tells of her encounter with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Given that Venus in Fur is about an actress auditioning for a male writer/director it was inevitably that pre-theatre conversations would turn to Harvey Weinstein and the treatment of women by men in positions of power in the entertainment industry. It is perhaps unfortunate timing for a play with such... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Seagull is one of the only Chekhov plays I really like but I never thought I'd like it quite as much as I did watching this version by Simon Stephens. His words teamed with Sean Holmes direction, leap off the page and the production breaths new life into the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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There was an awful lot I loved about Jane Eyre or Jane Uhrr as many of the characters in the play say her name with a northern accent. It would be easy choice to have costumes and set faithful to the period of the novel but what director Sally Cookson... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Rory Mullarkey's new play Saint George and the Dragon is odd. Saw it during preview and there were a few teething problems with the fancier aspects of the staging (which isn't that unusual during preview for a big production like this) so I don't feel I got the full 'wow'*... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Erin Doherty in My Name is Rachel Corrie. Photo Ellie Kurttz Rachel Corrie (Erin Doherty) is someone who cares. OK, so a lot of people care but they don't care to the extent of Rachel, to the extent where she actually does something and does something remarkable and life-threatening. Based... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Looking forward to seeing this next week. Simon Stephens has written a new version of the Chekhov classic and it stars Lesley Sharp as Irina and Brian Vernel as Konstantin. It's at the Lyric Hammersmith until November 4. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Ben Whishaw in Against. Picture Johan Persson. * Suranne Jones, Nina Sosanya and Jason Watkins have been cast in Frozen (the Bryony Lavery play not the Disney thing) which opens at Theatre Royal Haymarket in February. *Punchdrunk announced its latest London production which is a six hour, two at a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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There was one of those audible audience reaction moments during Desire Under The Elms. I'm not talking about laughter, I'm talking about a sharp intake of breath, even a few 'oh's' around the auditorium. I haven't seen many Eugene O'Neill plays but all those I've seen seem to expose the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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If you enjoyed The Truth last year, (it made my 'Best Of list') then you'll enjoy The Lie. It's a similar set up with two couples who are friends. Alice (Samantha Bond) and her husband Paul (Alexander Hanson) are hosting a dinner party for Michel (Tony Gardner) and Laurence (Alexandra... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Swedish playwright and poet August Strindberg (Jasper Britton) has locked himself away in a hotel room in Paris, turning his back on his writing career to become an alchemist and find philosopher's stone. His work is disturbed first by a cleaning lady (Laura Morgan) and then his two wives Siri... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog