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Rev Stan
London
It's all about theatre and films with me
Interests: theatre, films, london, photography, young adult fiction
Recent Activity
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 9 hours ago 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 13 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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Custody (courtesy Lidia Crisafulli) Custody is a play about the impact of a contemporary tragedy. Brian - brother, lover and son - is killed in police custody and as his family fight for justice they also fight to come to terms with his death in their own way. The play's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It seems to have got mixed reviews so definitely not one for everyone.
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Chinglish - Lobo Chan Candy Ma Windson Liong and Gyuri Sarossy Photo courtesy of Richard Davenport for The Other Richard Remember the film Lost in Translation when an ageing actor played by Bill Murray is given badly translated instructions from a Japanese director? David Henry Hwang's play Chinglish plays out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Roman Tragedies, Barbican: About to begin and a warning Last year's King's of War, at four and half hours long, was just a warm up for Ivo Van Hove's Roman Tragedies in which Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra have been simmered down to a six hour single play.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I've seen David Tennant play Shakespeare's leads Hamlet, Richard II and Benedick and he's brilliant but I've had a hankering to see him in something more contemporary on stage. Step forward Patrick Marber's Don Juan In Soho, a modern tale of debauched hedonism based loosely on Moliere's Don Juan. If... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Tom Ross-Williams as Yonni in Run, The Bunker Jewish teenager Yonni's eyes meet Adam's and they are planets circling each other, perfect orbits, in sync. It's as if their relationship is written in the stars. Against a back drop of growing anti-Semitism outside Yonni's north London community and potential homophobia... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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REVIEW (contains potential spoilers) In 2011 Michael Sheen played Hamlet as the inmate of a mental hospital at the Young Vic hallucinating ghosts and prone to ranting and raving. Since then we've had a string of comparatively sane Hamlets, that is until now. The big difference in Robert Icke's approach,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Steve Water's last play at the Donmar Warehouse, Temple, about the anti-capitalist protests outside St Paul's Cathedral, didn't particularly set my world on fire. It was one of those plays that while well done, it wasn't fantastic but neither was is bad. At the time I said I probably wouldn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I'm in a cool, bare-bricked, concrete-floored room somewhere underneath Shoreditch Town Hall. I've been given headphones and an actor has run through a sound test to make sure they are working properly. Then the lights go out and a voice comes out of the dark, it is sounds so close... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Ugly Lies The Bone is the story of Jess (Kate Fleetwood) an Afghan war veteran who returns home to Florida after suffering severe burns on her last tour. She is undertaking virtual reality therapy to cope with the pain and as part of the therapy has to create a fantasy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Whatever I've seen Imelda Staunton in, she's been brilliant; even if the play hasn't been up to much she manages to shine, so expectations were high for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? I've not seen Edward Albee's play before so can't compare it with other productions. I've heard some say... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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* Following a successful run in Stratford Upon Avon in 2015, the RSC's production of Helen Edmundson's play Queen Ann is to transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the summer. Romola Garai and Emma Cunniffe star. * Paddy Considine has been confirmed for Jez Butterworth's new play Ferryman at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog