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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, london, photography, young adult fiction
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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 2 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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 6 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Juliet Stevenson obviously likes physically challenging roles. The last time I saw her at the Young Vic, she was buried up to her neck for the duration of the play. In Wings she has much more freedom of movement but is suspended in a harness above the stage, only occasionally... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
This review contains potential spoilers. There is an open coffin on the stage. I have a thing about bodies in boxes and its freaking me out a little bit - that's no dummy body. Fortunately once the play starts, its pace is such that it works as a distraction until... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Patrick O'Donnell & Nick Devlin, Waiting For Godot I have a fondness for Samuel Beckett's play Waiting For Godot not just because it was one of my A-Level English set texts but because I remember the moment those weird and monotonous words (in my teenage mind) leapt with emotional gusto... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Looking forward to seeing this production of The Seagull starring Lesley Sharpe, Paul Higgins and Brian Vernel. It's a new version of the Chekhov play by Simon Stephens and it's directed by Sean Holmes. Opens at the Lyric Hammersmith for previews on Oct 3 and runs until Nov 4. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Thanks Selina, glad you liked the review and thanks for link - I was expecting it. They are right I am a theatre darling but I'm also a film darling too if that's what you call someone who goes to the theatre and cinema a lot. And I'm a fan of Tom Hiddleston's, he's a good looking man and a talented actor and I have high expectations. I want to see all the actors I like in good stuff but there are inevitably disappointments - not everything is brilliant. I was really excited about seeing this and I was disappointed I
RADA's Hamlet (l-r): Eleanor de Rohan, Caroline Martin, Tom Hiddleston and Ayesha Antoine. Credit Johan Persson A spotlight picks out Tom Hiddleston's Hamlet sat at an upright piano. He plays and sings; the lyrics are familiar and it takes a second or two to place them - these are Ophelia's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I can't remember anything else other than that, not sure why there's a warning for that unless they've started showing more post press night (I saw a preview).
Tom Hiddleston as Hamlet, photo Johan Persson * The lucky charms came out in August as it was announced that Tom Hiddleston would play Hamlet, directed by Kenneth Branagh, for a limited run at RADA as a fund raiser for the drama school. The lucky charms were for the ticket... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Talk Radio: Matthew Jure, courtesy Cameron Harle I'm of the generation that remembers The James Whale Radio Show, his confrontational style with phone in guests and the way he put the phone down on callers he didn't like or grew impatient with. It was sport to try and get on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I tend to agree. Saw it again yesterday and it cemented my initial reservations about the play. As a theatre friend said at least with Julius Caesar you know the play is going to be good.
I can understand why you thought that. The play is very disappointing although I always enjoy watching him perform.
I saw it again yesterday. Ben and the cast are all excellent but the play is problematic - I may write more on that over the weekend. I think I'd give it three stars.
There was a bit of that tone wasn't there. I do benefit from free tickets myself for reviews - mainly fringe stuff so I'd be a hypocrite if I said get rid of them, especially as I'd love to get invites to the bigger theatre press nights. I do think the professional critics have a role but they don't wield the same influence they used to - social media and the internet has seen to that. There's a blog post I want to write about that at some point. Where perhaps there could be a change is in the plus ones critics often get. I don't get to take my friends or family to work with me (it would be monumentally dull for them but you know what I mean). However, the number of extra tickets this would release I don't think would be significant enough to impact on the overall cost of tickets. PS Yes I have seen a couple of things at RADA.