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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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Make It Beautiful Theatre's first production, The Co-op, is about three actors who have set up their own acting agency. They spend their day, drinking and trying to get auditions for each other, being supportive and barely hiding jealousy and rivalry. But a crisis is looming for the agency and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Lullabies For the Lost is one of two plays by Rosalind Blessed about mental health that are being performed in rep at the Old Red Lion. Rosalind Blessed and cast Lullabies for the Lost, Old Red Lion Theatre. Photo: Adam Trigg It starts with Larry (Chris Porter) agonising about going... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
NoFit State's latest circus show Lexicon starts before the start with the band larking among the audience as they arrive making a competing cacophony with various wind instruments. Luke Hallgarten in NoFit States Lexicon, Roundhouse. Photo: David Levene. Do I sound old if I say it was a bit loud... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Some quick, morning after, thoughts on the Duchess of Malfi played by Lydia Wilson at the Almeida Theatre. ’Duchess of Malfi’ transcribed as ’Duchess of mouthy’ in the captions which I thought was slightly unfair 😂. You can read my full review here - it's great to see Lydia Wilson... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Uncle Vanya starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage (who was brilliant in The Crucible) is one of the hot theatre tickets of 2020 and the rehearsal images landed today. The cast also includes Aimee Lou Wood, Ciaran Hinds, Rosalind Eleazar, Anna Calder-Marshall, Dearbhla Molloy and Peter Wight. It's directed by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I can completely understand why sitting in the gods and not be able to see much would spoil it. We originally had seats in the upper circle but they were moved by the theatre to the front row of the stalls for 'sightline issues'. Seeing the performances up close - close enough to see tears forming in the actors eyes - was such a treat and definitely enhanced the experience. I see where you are coming from with Cyrano's looks but I actually thought the suggestion of a nose was very powerful, a fake nose would have detracted from the play. In not having 'the nose' it could even suggest that Cyrano is overly self-critical, that his 'bad' looks are all in his own head. For me personally it felt like his large nose was present, even if you couldn't see it. I think a gender swap Cyrano is a brilliant idea, though. I really enjoyed the swapping of lines for Titania and Oberon in the Bridge Theatre's Midsummer Night's Dream as it added a whole new dimension to a play in which the female characters are generally treated really badly. Thanks for taking the time to share your views.
Yes, I believe we are not alone on those two. Sometimes you need to see something you don't like to really appreciate what you do (and what is good).
I wanted to start off the year with a big thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read my reviews and bits and pieces. And thank you for taking the time to comment or like posts on Instagram or Facebook. My love of theatre and love of writing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It's been tough but I've managed to whittle down my 'best theatre of 2019' list to 10 plays, well, one isn't actually a play but deserves a place nonetheless. So here goes, in no particular order: Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash 1. Downstate, National Theatre A challenging, difficult play... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Lydia Wilson is back on stage, hurrah! Haven't seen her since she played Kate in Charles III back in 2014 and seeing her as the Duchess of Malfi reminded me how much I've missed her on stage. And it was a great way to round off my year of theatre-going,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I always go to the theatre expecting something good, hopefully amazing, but it doesn't always work out that way for a variety of reasons. Here is a list of what hasn't impressed me, my 5 least favourite plays of 2019. In no particular order (links through to my reviews): 1.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It's the end of year theatre review time and thought I'd kick off with my favourite fringe plays of 2019. Guy Warren-Thomas and Max Rinehart in Kompromat. VAULT Festival. Photo: Mark Senior Some of these may well end up on my final top 10 list but this is my way... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Here is a snapshot of my favourite theatre from the past 10 years. I say 'favourite', I've tried not to overthink it, these are simply the plays that stand out most in my memory, the ones I talk about if people ask. Stan's growing pile of theatre tickets The list... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Fairview certainly isn't a forgettable play. It's been a few weeks since I saw it but I'm only now getting to my review and while some details have faded others remain crystal clear. Photo: Rev Stan Before I launch into my thoughts, I'll caveat this by saying there may be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
A few weeks ago I decided to try something new: quick video reviews (reactions) to plays I've just seen. I've been posting them on my Instagram account and on the Rev Stan Theatre blog Facebook page (connect/like to get all sorts of extra bits and bobs) and thought I might... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
When Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's play Behzti was cancelled in Birmingham because of protests she said in a Guardian interview: “Theatre is not necessarily a cosy space, designed to make us feel good about ourselves”. A Kind of People, Royal Court. Photo: Manuel Harlan And while A Kind of People generates... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It happened with Jake Gyllenhaal earlier this year and now it's Theo James' turn to get my hopes up and then dash them. I'm talking about a casting announcement of an actor I really like only to realise it's a musical. James first appeared on my radar properly in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Teenage Dick is one of those play titles you have to be careful mentioning or googling, a bit like Cock at the Royal Court - but it is wholly appropriate for Mike Lew's play. The Dick of the title is Roseland high-school student Richard Gloucester (Daniel Monks) who is based... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The last time Jamie Lloyd directed James McAvoy in a play, he had him riding around the stage on a unicycle in nothing but his pants. In Cyrano de Bergerac, their latest collaboration, the trousers stay on (sorry) instead it is deep, raw emotional pain which is laid bare for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
If Nor Woman Neither sounds familiar it's from Hamlet when the prince is talking about losing interesting in life and feeling misunderstood by his friends. Nor Woman Neither ©Laura Dorn Photography It's a curiously poignant title for a sharply funny coming of age story about the struggle of turning childhood... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
My favourite winners from last night's Evening Standard Theatre awards reflect the best of the old and new theatre. seven methods for killing kylie jenner, Royal Court. Photo Helen Murray. First is Andrew Scott's winning performance in Present Laughter. Not only was it such an outstanding and memorable performance deserving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Land Without Dreams at the Gate Theatre is a surreal, existential meta 'drama' created by Danish company Fix&Foxy. Temi Wilkey in Land Without Dreams, Gate Theatre. Photo: © Cameron Slate I use 'drama' because it isn't a story in the traditional sense, rather it is a solo performance (by Temi... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Queens of Sheba is a play of contrasts it is angry and joyous, fun and sad, quietly contemplative and in your face loud. Queens of Sheba: Photo: Ali Wright Re-Review: Nouveau Riche's Queens of Sheba was one of my favourite shows of the Edinburgh fringe last year. It reminded me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
A new production photo of the principal cast of next year's Uncle Vanya has landed in my inbox. And what a cast: Uncle Vanya – Toby Jones Astrov – Richard Armitage Yelena – Rosalind Eleazar Sonya – Aimee Lou Wood Nana – Anna Calder-Marshall Grandmaman – Dearbhla Molloy Telegin –... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
There is a festive start to the La Clique cabaret of song and acrobatic show but naturally, it is ironic. Zoe Marshall and Lydia Norman in La Clique. Photo Craig Sugden. This is the church of misfits and weirdos where difference is celebrated in a decadent, saucy and sometimes humorous... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog