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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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What if Napoleon hadn't died in exile but had escaped using a body double? This is the opening premise of Napoleon Disrobed which has been adapted by Told By An Idiot from the novel The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys. Ayesha Antoine and Paul Hunter in Napoleon Disrobed, Arcola... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I love Philip Ridley's plays but this one isn't going to challenge my favourites. Angry is written as six gender neutral monologues and night to night actors Georgie Henley and Tyrone Huntley switch which monologues they perform. The suggestion is that there will be gender nuances in the performance or... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Carey Mulligan's performance is a tour de force, precise, subtle and complex. Carey Mulligan has a twinkle in her eye. She stands at the front of the stage, hands in pockets, telling the story of how she met her future husband with the precise timing of stand up comic. Her... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Sexy, funny, full of heart and great characters with the added comfort of one of them always putting the kettle on There is a moment in The York Realist which reminded me of that shower scene with Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus. It involves Yorkshire farmhand George (Ben Batt) stripped to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Philip Ridley’s new play Angry (Southwark Playhouse) has an interesting structure, can you explain how it is going to work? So Angry consists of 6 monologues that will be performed by both of the actors. However each night we are mixing up which actor performs which monologue. Both of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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A feisty, fast-paced play, that delivers some witty one liners and a whole lot to think about When Sarah Burgess wrote her play Dry Powder about New York-based private equity company it was pre-Trump presidency and yet when I was watching the play I couldn't help thinking 'what would Donald... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Vanessa Redgrave joins the cast of The Inheritance, Young Vic Theatre gets me through the dark days of January, here are my highlights from the new play and casting announcements, favourite things I saw (and the low moment). And, thanks to the Julius Caesar press night, there was a bumper... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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This headline for a Daily Express review of the Bridge Theatre's immersive Julius Caesar production implies that it is for young people, not people like me who are old enough to be a young persons parent. I have absolutely nothing against encouraging younger audiences. In fact, I much prefer to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Poly urged me to see Amadeus last year after I missed seeing it with her and I was so glad she did, I gave it five stars. So when it was announced it was returning this year, I had to see it again. Would it live up to the very... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I'm in a crowd watching a band play rock tunes, it's getting lively and animated. Merchandise and refreshment sellers weave their way through the rhythmically nodding heads and shuffling feet. Hands have started clapping along to the music and flags are being waved. Centre Abraham Popoola - Julius Caesar at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Looks like those of the audience who have standing or "promenade" tickets can get really close to the action in Nicholas Hytner's Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre. Should be fun. Starring Ben Whishaw as Brutus, Michelle Fairley as Cassius and David Morrissey as Mark Antony, Julius Caesar is at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Actress and writer Naomi has two plays at London's Vault Festival, here she talks about Double Infemnity which she co-wrote with Jennifer Cerys and Catherine O'Shea. Double Infemnity is described as a 'feminist interpretation of crime noir’. Given the exposure of inequality and the treatment of women working in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Peggy Guggenheim (Judy Rosenblatt), daughter of one of the less wealthy Guggenheims - "lowly millionaires not billionaires", is teasing the Italian press from the balcony of her Venice palazzo while deciding what to wear for an interview. She roots through a pile of designer dresses bemoaning the fact that her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I'm not a quitter. Well I am, sometimes. I very, very occasionally walk out of plays at the interval - ones I've paid for that is, never when I've been asked to review. There have been occasions when I've just been really tired, busy at work and the pull of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The York Realist will be the third Peter Gill play I've seen at the Donmar Warehouse. I didn't think much of the first two, Small Change and Versaille, so I'm hoping for third time lucky. It's got a great cast but that has never really been my problem, it's always... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I don’t think I’ve ever felt quite so angry while watching a play. Angry at story steeped in a ridiculous incompetence from those that hold sway over the lives of others. The Claim UK Tour - Yusra Warsama Nick Blakeley and Ncuti Gatwa. Photo: Paul Samuel White. Serge (Ncuti Gatwa)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Mark Maughan director of The Claim. Photo: Richard Davenport Interview: Director Mark Maughan talks about about his work on new play The Claim which takes a satirical look at the UK's asylum process. How did you get involved with The Claim and what drew you to the project? Tim Cowbury... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Patsy Ferran’s ‘girl’ is sat in the corner playing a mini Casio keyboard. She says ‘hello’ to me and I go and sit on a red bean bag on the turquoise coloured carpet. Patsy Ferran in My Mum's A Twat, Royal Court. Photo: Helen Murray. We are in a kids... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The gold, helium-filled, party balloon letters at the back of the stage spell out 'Happy Fucking Whatever' which forms an appropriate back drop to this relationship comedy drama in which J (Alexandra Reynolds) seems to represent the 'Happy' part and K (Louise Beresford) the 'Whatever'. They bump into each other... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Lucy Foster's new play Lobster opens this week at Theatre503, here she talks about the play and writing comedy. Tell us about Lobster - no spoilers please Lobster opens at a party in January, where a bubbly and bright J is introduced to a hungover K. The only problem being:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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RSC's Julius Caesar 2017: Photo by Helen Maybanks (c) RSC Bloody Julius Caesar. Not only does he gets ideas above his station and meet with a messy end but his murderers decide to wear his blood like a face mask, as if they weren't smeared and splattered enough. However, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Watching the RSC's great production of Julius Caesar last night at the Barbican, couldn't help thinking how Ben Whishaw will play Brutus. Here's a video interview of him talking about the character. Counting the days. Julius Caesar is at the Bridge Theatre from January 20 to April 15. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Jonna Blode Hanno, Laura Thomasina Haynes and Mollie Macpherson from Three Trees Theatre talk about the inspiration and process behind their new play Alice which opens at the Landor Space in Clapham on January 9. How would you describe the piece? It's a devised piece inspired by Alice in Wonderland,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hi Carolyn, thanks for commenting. I did the same with Against although I must admit that I did skip one performance. I've booked to see Julius Caesar twice - first time standing second time sitting. And with Nuclear War, I guess it just goes to show that we all have different tastes and bring something different when we sit down to watch. I've really liked something that not many others have liked before. It's one of the reasons why I try not to read anything about a play before I see it because I have been put off seeing something that I might have actually enjoyed. To save you looking for the review, I didn't see Girl From the North Country as it was a bit too musically for me.