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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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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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Patsy Ferran, Douglas Booth and Tony Revolori. Photo Simon Annand Solomon (Tony Revolori) is an aspiring journalist and wants an article published, Diwata (Patsy Ferran) is an aspiring actress and wants a part in the school play and Howie (Douglas Booth) wants to flirt on gay chat sites. All outsiders... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
If you are a hardcore fan of theatre or music or films or art or anything like that you'll perhaps get this. An email lands in your in box - or you see a tweet, or something on Facebook - announcing a new play/film/tour etc and you get a rush... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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This article by the Telegraph about Andrew Scott's Hamlet at the Almeida is interesting for two reasons. Firstly because it picks up on some of the issues of long running times and secondly because it both quotes and links to reviews by bloggers who've seen previews. My regular readers will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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POLITICAL THRILLER Ready or Not is a pacy political thriller which sets out its claustrophobic stall in a small suburban house peopled by a handful of characters whose lives are inexorably tied together and whose hasty decisions leave them teetering on the edge of disaster. Arcola Theatre, Dalston April 11-29th... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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REVIEW It's about 20 minutes into Joe Hill-Gibbin's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Young Vic and I'm starting to wonder if the set designer and wardrobe department have fallen out. The entire stage is a thick mud pit and a lot of the cast is wearing white or pale... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Saw Steve Waters' Temple a couple of years ago which, while well done, I didn't feel was particularly memorable or incisive. His new drama takes us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history. The play imagines what happened when the ‘Gang of Four’... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Wail - Little Bulb Theatre MAIDS UPDATED Swifties is a new adaptation of Jean Genet's play The Maids, exploring the alienating and destructive effect that poverty, celebrity fetishism and social media can have on the lives of normal people. Swifties is written by Tom Stenton and directed by Luke Davies... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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La Ronde, Alex Vlahos, Amanda Wilkin, Lauren Samuels and Leemore Marrett Jr Photo: Ray Burmiston At the back of the stage at The Bunker is a 'wheel of fortune' with the four cast members photos (Leemore Marrett Jr, Lauren Samuels, Alex Vlahos and Amanda Wilkin). The wheel is spun to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Emilia Fox and Theo James, Sex With Strangers, Hampstead Theatre. Photo Tristram Kenton You meet a man. First impressions aren't great but then you get to know him a bit better and there are areas of shared interest. One thing leads to another and that first impression feels like a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
This isn't a London story, we are told at the start of Brad Birch and Kenneth Emson's play This Must Be The Place, but London features in the two interweaving storylines. For Adam (James Cooney) it is a place to get on a (stolen) bike and get away from. For... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Haven't seen any of these but they do sound good... Pop Up Opera's I Capuleti e I Montecchi DOUBLE BILL As part of its Cash, Capitalism and Corporations season, Battersea Arts Centre has two plays which can be seen individually or as a double bill. DenMarked by Conrad Murray (22... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Here they are, Daniel Radcliffe (Rosencrantz) and Joshua McGuire (Guildenstern) rehearsing ahead of the opening of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (the only Tom Stoppard play to date that I really like, but that might just be me). It's the Hamlet story told from the perspective the two minor characters... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Adam Gillen and Lucian Msamati in Amadeus, National Theatre. Photo Marc Brenner When I sat down to watch Amadeus at the National Theatre I was expecting to laugh, to be entertained, to be dazzled by the 18th century opulence, live music and operatic singing but I wasn't expecting to cry.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I'm a firm believer in 'you get what you pay for' except when it comes to theatre because the rule book seems to get thrown out of the window. The last production of The Glass Menagerie I saw was at the Young Vic in 2011 where I probably paid £20... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Got this email yesterday ahead of our visit to see Ivo Van Hove's Roman Tragedies at the Barbican next month: We look forward to welcoming you in March for Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s Roman Tragedies at the Barbican. For those not familiar with the format of the show, after the first half... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre January was a fringe fest for me with some cracking productions. I definitely recommend Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Road at the White Bear (finishes Feb 4) and BU21 at Trafalgar Studios 2 (finishes Feb 18) and from the off West End sphere... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Tom Rhys Harries is hanging from some ceiling pipes, wearing a sequinned jacket. I'm having flash backs to when he played Silver Johnny in Mojo but here the boot is firmly on the other foot. In Mojo he was an innocent victim, in Pitchfork Disney he is a charming threat... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog