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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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Hands up all those who remember Tom Hiddleston taking a shower on stage during Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse? Well Tom Hiddleston and that production hasn't got anything on Jack O'Connell and the Young Vic's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The shower is a permanent part of the opulent,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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This is my first Salome and my first Salome had a man - Matthew Tennyson - playing the titular character. The decision does raise the question of why give over lead female part to a man - it's not like there are a plethora of meaty lead roles for woman.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The RSC's production of new play Queen Anne opens with a satirical song about the monarch's many pregnancies, the joke being that her latest was just trapped wind. It is a humorous song with barbs, Anne is portrayed by a man with fake fat belly and voluminous breasts - her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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June felt like a quieter month for announcements - or did I miss a load of stuff, please let me know if I did… * The Donmar announced its next two plays with Christian Cooke in David Harrower’s Knives in Hens directed by Yael Farber and then Nikki Amuka-Bird is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Tempest, Barbican Theatre. Photo by Topher McGrillis (c) RSC The opening storm in the RSC's The Tempest at the Barbican is probably the most spectacular I've seen. The stage is set like the inside carcass of a ship, there is lightning and thunder effects as you'd expect but there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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RSC Titus Andronicus production photo 2017. Photo by Helen Maybanks ©RSC If you don't know anything about Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and you are a bit squeamish then probably best give this a miss. The preview performance I saw last Friday had to be halted as someone was taken ill; at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
via GIPHY 2017 is already the year that brought us Andrew Scott's Hamlet, Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman and my introduction to playwright Branden Jacob-Jenkins and it's only six months in. There are a further nine plays I couldn't not include in my 'best of so far' list and that was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Dirty Work (The Late Shift) Forced Entertainment. Photo Tim Etchells The Battersea Arts Centre's performance space is simply dressed: two chairs framed by red stage curtain, draped in a way that has become a symbol of the theatre. Towards the back is a desk, with an old record player and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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One of the early scenes of James Graham's Fleet Street-set play Ink sees Bertie Carvel's Rupert Murdoch at a meeting to officially sign the deal that will put The Sun newspaper in his ownership. It's 1969 and the men in suits shake hands and ask after each other's wives who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Colin Morgan in Gloria at Hampstead Theatre photo by Marc Brenner Spoiler free: I work in an office and I work in publishing so there is definitely stuff to relate to in Branden Jacob-Jenkins play which is set at the offices of a New York magazine. Naturally there are some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Rotterdam - Alice McCarthy, Anna Martine Freeman and Ed Eales-White, photo by Hunter Canning There is a scene in Jon Brittain's Rotterdam when Fiona (Anna Martine Freeman) is on the telephone to her parents. It is New Year's Eve and she is telling them she thinks she's a man. You... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Timely that these production photos for Gloria at Hampstead Theatre have arrived as I'm seeing this tonight. Stupidly excited to see Colin on stage again (it's 10 years since I first saw him in Vernon God Little) and in this play by the brilliant Branden Jacob-Jenkins. Gloria is at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Oh dear that isn't good. Sounds like not much has improved.
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Kiss Me: Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Claire Lams - Photo by Robert Day It is 1929 and women out number men, the result of the First World War and Spanish influenza. Where are the men for a lorry driving, war widow like Stephanie (Claire Lams), perceived as past her prime at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Enchanted The Bunker - Courtesy of Dina T There is no doubt that Arden (Corey Montague-Sholay) and York (Hunter Bishop) have killed. This isn't a miscarriage of justice death row drama or a did they or didn't they, this is story of two murderers waiting for execution and how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Big Colin Morgan fan (saw him make his stage debut in 2007) and having seen Branden Jacob-Jenkins' play An Octoroon recently I'm stupidly excited about this. Gloria is at the Hampstead Theatre from 15 June to 22 July. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Harry Melling and Jasmine Hyde in Jam, Finborough Theatre, photo Mathew Foster The synopsis of this debut full length play by Matt Parvin reminded me a teeny bit of Blackbird - a confrontation between two adults about an incident that happened when one of them was still a child. In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Thanks, a few people said the same thing so I ended up writing something. I very occasionally let a review go, if I get too far behind and I try not to beat myself up about it. It's a hobby not a job after all. I'm a little bit curious to see it again but it would depend on two things a) ticket price as we actually paid full whack for this one because we couldn't get £15 tickets and b) running time, really wouldn't want to sit through nearly 3 hours if there is a chance it's not improved much. I've made that mistake before and life is too short.
Thanks for commenting Neil. I've put my thoughts down and I'd be keen to know whether it is working better when you see it on Wednesday. You are right 3 hours is very long for a new play although there are a few exceptions to that - The Ferryman, for example.
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OK so given my dilemma, which I wrote about this morning, and the response I've had, I decided to put some thoughts down about Common at the National Theatre. If you haven't read my previous post I'll preface all this by saying it was third preview I saw and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I don't think I've been in this situation before. I saw the third preview performance of Common, a new play, at the National Theatre on Thursday and despite great performances and production it still wasn't good. There were clusters of empty seats after the interval and it had been similar... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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* Stan fav Colin Morgan has been cast with Game of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick in Gloria at Hampstead Theatre which just happens to be my newest favourite playwright. So lots of excitement for that. Gloria will also be a 10 year theatre anniversary for me and Colin. I first saw... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The first thing I have to say is 'thanks' to @mildlybitter. I'd not heard of An Octoroon or Branden Jacob-Jenkins but she recommended his play which is having its European premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and I'm so glad she did. Jacob-Jenkins has taken Dion Boucicault's 1850s... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Old Vic website recommends 16+ for very strong language, nudity and sexual content. There is a lot less left to the imagination with the men than the women. Hope that helps.
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I've not read Karen Blixen's short story from which this play has been adapted by Glyn Maxwell, neither have I seen the 1987 Danish film version so I can't answer the question I was asked 'did it do it justice?'. What I saw certainly had a feast befitting the title... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog