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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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In Jack Thorne's The Motive and the Cue, we are given not one but two plays. Set around the rehearsal period for the famed Broadway production of Hamlet, directed by Sir John Gielgud (Mark Gatiss) and starring Richard Burton (Johnny Flynn), you go behind the scenes as they get ready... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Alex Mugnaioni, Samuel Collings and Patricia Allison in Jules and Jim, Jermyn Street Theatre. Photo by Steve Gregson Jules and Jim is an exploration of love and friendship told through the lens of three people living an unconventional lifestyle. Jules (Samuel Collings) is a German poet who meets Frenchman Jim... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Dancing at Lughnasa, National Theatre, April 2023 Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play told from the perspective of Michael (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), nephew to five sisters living in a cottage near the fictional town of Ballybeg. He recalls a particular childhood Summer which shaped the future of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Robert Boulton, Henry Davis and Louise Hoare in Snowflakes, Park Theatre, April 2023 (c) Jennifer Evans Robert Boulton's play Snowflakes takes cancel culture to the extreme. A start-up business metes out 'justice' for offences and offending on social media. Live streamed, the 'defendant' is given a chance to put their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Thanks for the comment. While I had problems with some of the choices I did find some of it enjoyable - more so than you it seems.
The first thing I said to my friend during the interval of Private Lives at the Donmar Warehouse was, 'I don't remember this being a play about domestic violence'. We'd just witnessed Elyot (Stephen Mangan) and Amanda (Rachael Stirling) having a physical fight which included Elyot grabbing Amanda by the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Grace Saif with Tom Mothersdale in Sea Creatures, Hampstead Theatre, April 2023, Photo: Marc Brenner Cordelia Lynn's play is set in an old fisherman's cottage, which has been extended over the years and now includes a glass-fronted kitchen area from where you can take in the view of the sea.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
A Little Life, Harold Pinter Theatre April 2023 A Little Life, the adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara's tome of a novel, is not an easy watch. It's taken me two days to feel able to revisit it because of the subject matter and ultimately how the story made me feel. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hamlet, starring Billy Howle, a live recording from Bristol Old Vic The fat has been cut from this Bristol Old Vic production of Hamlet, leaving the meat of the play. There is no Fortinbras subplot, the ghost and player scenes are stripped to the bare essentials. It's a minimalist, stark... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Dyllón Burnside and Danny Lee Wynter in BLACK SUPERHERO, Royal Court, March 2023. Photo: Johan Persson "I'm holding out for a hero" is Bonnie Tyler's famous song, and it could be the theme tune for David (Danny Lee Wynter) in BLACK SUPERHERO. He's long held a torch for friend King... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Cyril Nri and Kirsty Rider in Further than the Furthest Thing at Young Vic March 2023. Photo:(c) Marc Brenner In Shakespeare's Island play The Tempest, Caliban says: "Be not afeared, the isle is full of noises" should the inhabitants of the remote Atlantic island in Zinnie Harris' play be afraid... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Will Close is the Mediocre White Male, King's Head Theatre March 2023 The mediocre white male of the title, or MWM as he's referred to by a colleague, is angry. His school friends have moved on, and he's stuck playing a talking statue at the local stately home. To make... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Annabel Leventon and Tim Hardy in The Journey to Venice, Finborough Theatre, Mar 23. Photo: Simon Annand What do you do when your escape mechanism from the pain of past events is no longer available to you? Edith (Annabel Leventon) and Oscar Tellman (Tim Hardy) enjoyed travelling when they were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
They could play siblings.
Women, Beware the Devil, Almeida Theatre Feb 2023 Women, Beware The Devil at the Almeida Theatre is a difficult play to pin down. It starts in the modern day with the 'literal' devil (Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea) breaking the fourth wall to lament how he isn't evoked or blamed for anything anymore.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Gemma Lawrence and Kathryn Bond in The Beach House, Park Theatre, Feb 2023. Photo: David Monteith-Hodge They say moving is one of the most stressful things you can do. What happens when you move to your dream beachfront home that is 'in need of renovation', you have a baby on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Do you ever watch a play and enjoy it enough while watching it but then at the end, as you leave the theatre, realise it won't leave a mark on you? The blunt way of putting it is 'good but forgettable'. That's kind of how I felt about Trouble in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Helena Wilson and Maggie Bain in Linck & Mülhahn, Hampstead Theatre, Feb 2023. Photo: Helen Murray Writer Ruby Thomas was in the British Library when she came across a reference Linck and Mulhahn, a same-sex couple in 18th Century Prussia who'd been living as husband and wife. Using what information... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Phaedra, National Theatre, February 2023, starring Janet McTeer and Assaad Bouab Phaedra at the National Theatre started with writer/director Simon Stone making a speech about this being the first run-through. He asked for our indulgence if things didn't quite go smoothly, blaming himself for any issues. During the opening scene,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Jon Osbaldeston, Louise Faulkner and Gwithian Evans in The Elephant Song, Park Theatre, Jan 2023. Photo: Giacomo Giannelli Michael Aleen (Gwithian Evans) is a resident at a secure mental hospital obsessed with elephants. He also seems to hold the key to understanding the disappearance of one of the psychiatrists, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
No One, Omnibus Theatre, Jan 2023 No One at the Omnibus Theatre bursts onto the stage with a scene in a club, complete with a live DJ, which quickly descends into a fight. Then we jump to a police station and investigation into a missing girl and the violent attack... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hamlet poster, Southwark Playhouse, Jan 2023 This slimmed-down production of Hamlet by Lazarus Theatre Company at the Southwark Playhouse clocks in at just 95 minutes. It focuses primarily on the younger characters - Hamlet, Horatio, Laertes, Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The story is framed as a sort of therapy session,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Sam McArdle in the Manny, King's Head Theatre, Jan 2023. Photo: Gabriel Bush Sam McArdle plays 'the manny', a male nanny working for rich, single women in West London. He is a charmer, charming his employers, his charges and the women on dating apps he wants to sleep with. But... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Art of Illusion won several awards when it opened in Paris in 2014. Now it gets its London premiere at the Hampstead Theatre but will this play about magic and illusion conjure up some English awards? Martin Hyder, Kwaku Mills, Norah Lopez-Holden & Rina Fatania in The Art of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I really enjoy making my 60-second video reviews, but it doesn't always go smoothly. One-take recordings are quite rare. Sometimes I need a few takes to get my thoughts straight; sometimes, I mix up my words, forget what I want to say or am just incoherent. Here's a little compilation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2023 at Rev Stan's theatre blog