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Rev Stan
London
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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The women of Tennessee Williams' play The Night of the Iguana were in many senses ahead of their time. Based on Williams' 1948 short story and set in 1940s Mexico, the play's central character Rev Lawrence Shannon (Clive Owen) is enveloped in a scandal. On an official break from his... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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"If he knew I'd seen you, he'd kill me and worse" What could be worse than being killed? For Joanne, the victim of child sex grooming gang you don't want to imagine but delivered in such a throwaway manner its potency is subtle. Jane Upton's play, All The Little Lights... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Is saying 'actually', the same as saying 'no'? This is a question posed very early on in Anna Ziegler's play about two students whose drunken date night ends up in a rape accusation. Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda in Actually at Trafalgar Studios 2 It is the first term at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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For a long time, I've paid an annual fee to be part of various London theatres 'friends' schemes but over the past 12 months, I've been assessing their value. Ultimately they are a way for theatres to raise extra money but I already buy a lot of tickets so the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Harriet Madeley's The Colours is a verbatim play based on interviews with people with life-limiting illnesses and those working in palliative care. Morfydd Clark and Mark Knightley in The Colours: Photo: Hannah Anketell While researching the play, Madeley herself was diagnosed with a potentially life-limiting illness but rather than fraught... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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When it opened at the Manchester International Festival last month, Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah's highly anticipated immersive production Tree was marred in controversy over authorship credits - to which both have responded. Cast members in Tree at Manchester International Festival. At the Young Vic from 29 July to 24... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Love James McAvoy. It was only yesterday I was reminiscing about his knockout performance during a rehearsed reading. So any announcement that he is returning to the stage is exciting. Except that Martin Crimp, writer of two of my least favourite plays, is involved. The silver lining is that it's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Rehearsed readings have never been common but they were an occasional feature of the London theatre calendar. Poly and Rev Stan's moment of fame in the audience of the Almeida's Iliad Live I say 'were' because the practice seems to have disappeared or at least become a rarity in recent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Thanks to Julie Raby for pointing out that I've been referenced in a book... and described as a 'prominent theatre blogger' no less. The book is Shakespearean Celebrity in the Digital Age by Anna Blackwell and it refers to this post I wrote on Andrew Scott's Hamlet. Chuffed that my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Actor's Nightmare is six short plays, linked by themes of acting, theatre and performance and brought together for the first time at the Park Theatre. The Cast of The Actor's Nightmare. Photo: Ali Wright It kicks off with a monologue, Mrs Sorken, which is in part a lecture about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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If you weren't lucky enough to see Phoebe Waller-Bridge's play Fleabag before it became a TV series and really famous then there is another chance. Fleabag: Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Photo: Jason Hetherington Tickets for the West End run at the Wyndhams in the Autumn are going like hot cakes but there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Equus holds a special place in my theatre-going past because it was seeing the 2007 production with Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths which reignited my love of the theatre. Would this production live up to its predecessor? Ethan Kai as Alan Strang in Equus. Photo: The Other Richard Peter Shaffer's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Saw Wife at the Kiln Theatre a few weeks ago but it was a really busy time with work and I got distracted from writing my review - which I now want to quickly rectify because I really enjoyed it. Karen Fishwick (Daisy) and Sirine Saba (Suzannah) in Wife ©... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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One of the highlights of my trip to the Edinburgh Fringe last year was Nouveau Riché's Queens of Sheba. It was an exhilarating watch and sparked a strong emotional response so I'm chuffed to see that it is touring the country in the Autumn. Details of the tour can be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Illusionists are back in London for the summer season with their mix of illusion, thrilling feats, humour and family fun. Seven illusionists with seven different styles of 'magic' from the nail-biting and seat squirming to the awe-inspiring and gasp-inducing make up an exciting and varied evening's entertainment. And while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It made me feel young and old, angry and ashamed, it was interesting, revealing and funny. Seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Royal Court: Photo Helen Murray London's theatre scene is awash with productions which offer a 'fresh' take on classics but Jasmine Lee-Jones' play Seven Methods of Killing Kylie... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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So we are halfway through 2019 which means time to look back and reflect on what London's theatre scene has offered up so far and this year: 5 plays I loved: Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre "Yes, Emilia is an angry play about the frustration of inequality and how it limits opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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While Sal and David may be passionate about righting the wrongs of the world and creating a more equal and inclusive society, when it comes to embarrassing their children it's a different matter. The End of History, Royal Court. Photo Johan Persson. Writer Jack Thorne and John Tiffany last worked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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London's theatreland is ripe for a good hearty laugh. I mean look at the state of the world, who wouldn't want to bury their head in giggles for a couple of hours? And so we are spoiled by not one but two classic comedies both with stellar casts: Present Laughter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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While the play gets off to a punchy start with plenty of laughs it doesn't feel like the focus on relationships, loneliness and the nature of friendship get sufficient purchase. Dark Sublime Trafalgar Studios: Marina Sirtis and Kwaku Mills. Photo: Scott Rylander There are two actors playing actors on stage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Rosmersholm has a lot in it to be admired and for the most part is a powerful, gripping and exposing piece of theatre but it feels let down by the weaknesses of the second half. Hayley Atwell in Rosmersholm. Photo: Johan Persson. Written in 1886 Ibsen's play Rosmersholm has themes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Actress and writer Tuyen Do's first full length play Summer Rolls brings a story about a British Vietnamese family to a UK stage for the first time. Anna Nguyen - Summer Rolls, Park Theatre. Photo: Danté Kim Mother (Linh-Dan Pham) believes hard work and drive will result in success. She... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Tuyen Do is no stranger to the London stage having appeared most recently in The Great Wave at the National Theatre and Pah-Na at the Royal Court but next week she'll be sitting in the audience watching her first full length play Summer Rolls performed at the Park Theatre. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
You have to understand that I've been a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal's since seeing the film Donnie Darko 18 years ago. He has appeared on stage in London before but that was back in my non-theatre going days. Hard to believe but they did exist. I've waited a long time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog