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Rev Stan
London
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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There is slow growing tension and tense personal drama in Sweat but it is also inconspicuously provocative. Seven years ago, playwright Lynn Nottage started spending time in Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest towns in America and wrote Sweat based on her experiences there. Set among a group of factory... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The returns is definitely an issue and a worthwhile perk. The NT has a really good system especially as they allow you to use your credits when booking online. The Barbican you have to phone up to use them which can be a bit of a faff - but at least they do allow you to return. I think there are other persk such as the rehearsals and understudy runs as you experienced that could be offered to regulars. I went to an understudy run of The Cripple of Inishmaan. It was friends and family only but fortunately I knew one of the understudies so wangled and invite. It is a brilliant experience as you say. I thought Daniel Radcliffe was superb in the lead role but didn't realise quite how distracting his 'star status' was until seeing it performed by the relatively unknown understudy - who was also really good.
Yes I think with members losing out they definitely won't be able to make a habit of it. I share the membership with a friend so technically its not in my name but at least one of us made it into the ballot. I'm sure with digital records it wouldn't be that difficult to see who was the equivalent of a 'frequent flyer' at a particular theatre.
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When tickets went on sale for the concluding play in Jamie Lloyd's Pinter at the Pinter season - Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston - those who had already booked tickets for other, arguably less commercial plays, were given 24-hours priority booking*. Tom Hiddleston is a big draw, Hollywood level stardom with... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It's not a Christmas-themed show but Orpheus by Little Bulb Theatre is a such a joyous experience to watch it is perfect for the season. I saw it twice when it had its first run at the Battersea Arts Centre back in 2013 and I'm so glad it's back so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It feels long, primarily because it's not so much one note as one emotion. You'd be forgiven for thinking London's theatre scene had been taken over by Game of Throne's actors in the past month or so. First Maisie Williams made her stage debut at Hampstead Theatre in I and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Harington and Flynn prove themselves agile performers with quick-fire dialogue and sharp comic timing. Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn in True West. Photo Marc Brenner. Kit Harington is no doubt the star draw for True West but it is Johnny Flynn who is the star in this new production of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Despite the laughter and hints of substance beneath the glitter and lights you'd expect from a Christmas show it is clunky at times and shows its age. L-R Douggie McMeekin and Dan Starkey star in The Night Before Christmas at Southwark Playhouse. Photo: Darren Bell It's Christmas Eve and Gary... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It is a play of joy and silliness that is also multi-layered, subtle, touching and enlightening. The PappyShow's Boys is introduced as a 'celebration of manhood' which is then swiftly followed by a fight. In hindsight, it isn't ironic rather getting a misconception or common viewpoint out of the way.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Playwright Jennifer Cerys' new play Dandelion at the King's Head Theatre explores queer history through a lesbian relationship in the time of Clause 28. Here she talks about why queer history is important and the need to diversify queer narratives in mainstream theatre. It’s 30 years since Clause 28 why... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Makoha's writing is vivid and rich but it is the slower, more considered exchanges which have a bigger impact. Akiya Henry and Michael Balogun in The Dark, Ovalhouse. Photo: Helen Murray. Nick Makoha's play The Dark tells his own story when, as a child, his mother smuggled him out of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Some great Edinburgh Fringe shows are heading to London, here are three I saw that I can highly recommend. The Fishermen, Arcola (until 1 December) Based on a Man-booker listed novel, The Fishermen is about four brothers who go fishing somewhere they aren't supposed to and the consequences of that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Iona is a funny, bubbly, car crash character - you can see her driving towards the collision but can't look away. Elise Heaven and Caitriona Ennis in Cuckoo, Soho Theatre. Photo by David Gill. Iona (Catriona Ennis) just wants to fit in, be one of the cool kids rather than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The last time Tom Hiddleston took to the stage it was playing Hamlet to raise funds for RADA and tickets were only available to the lucky few who got chosen in a ballot. Before that, he played Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse which has a mere 250 seats - although... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The very style of writing and performance, the visual and audio references while serving to emphasise the thematic points of the piece equally serve to isolate any emotional connection. A mournful/despairing tune is playing in the auditorium, probably Radiohead or Thom York. The stage - an almost entirely sideless cube... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Their adventures are vividly and cleverly brought to life utilising a variety of media including puppetry, acrobatics and wire work but it is the small, often background detail which richly elevates this production. Rufus Hound and David Threlfall in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Don Quixote London 2018. Photography by Manuel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Lipstick: A fairy tale of Iran. Photo: Flavia Fraser-Cannon [Lipstick: A fairy tale of modern Iran] is a colourful, vibrant piece with darker edges utilising various genres from boylesque, drag, Vaudeville and storytelling. I was invited to a scratch performance of Sarah Chew's Lipstick: A fairy tale of modern Iran... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Lisa Carroll's play Cuckoo opens at the Soho Theatre next week and follows two teenagers escaping bullies and seeking a new identity in another country. Here she talks about the inspiration behind the play, determining what is funny and how she got started as a playwright. Cuckoo’s two central characters... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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A Very Very Very Dark Matter is a fairytale of human ugliness and evil but it is also a toy that isn't working properly. Martin McDonagh's new play is a (very) dark fairytale with colonial undertones. Who else's imagination could put Hans Christian Anderson (Jim Broadbent), a one-legged black pigmy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Is it ironic that the most powerful scene in the play comes in a rare moment of silence and stillness, a scene when the Macbeths are nowhere to be seen? Niamh Cusack and Christopher Ecclestone in Macbeth. Photo by Richard Davenport © RSC Watching RSC's latest production of Macbeth I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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1. Exciting casting announcement at the Donmar One of my favourite films growing up in the 80s was The Goonies so imagine my excitement when learning that Martha 'Stef' Plimpton is going to be starring in the Donmar Warehouse's production of Sweat (previews from Dec 7). The Pulitzer Prize-winning play... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Strip out the comic vignettes and the play is left feeling flimsy One of my favourite plays recently was Hear Me Howl at the Old Red Lion about a woman, approaching 30, under pressure to have a baby when it really wasn't something she wanted to do. It was refreshing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Shh, it's a rainy Sunday afternoon... it's Ben Whishaw's birthday so in 'celebration' here are the stage performances of his that are my favourites. Hamlet, Old Vic Ok so technically I didn't see him perform it live but I have seen the V&A video recording a couple of times. His... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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1. The Twilight Zone to get a West End run I described the Almeida's Twilight Zone as 'sinister and silly fun' when I saw it in December last year and now it's getting a stint in the West End. It will run from 4 March to 1 June at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I nearly booked to see Cillian Murphy in Grief Is The Thing With Feathers when it was playing at the O'Reilly Theatre in Dublin earlier this year. Jumping on a plane to see a play isn't unprecedented, I've been to see Ben Whishaw in New York - twice* - but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog