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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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This week's Sunday theatre question is inspired by a comment made on my Instagram post about how a song played during a production of Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre became forever associated with that play. It got me thinking about which songs take me back to a play whenever... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
One of the newest theatres in London, the Bridge Theatre has already made an impression, not least for making the groundling experience enjoyable. Bridge Theatre lockdown Feb 2021 Yes, yes, I know there are plenty of groundling fans out there, but whenever I've tried it at the Globe, I've ended... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
When I think of the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, two things immediately spring to mind. The first involves a famous Friend, the second a friend. Arcola Theatre in lockdown April 2021 The famous Friend was Rupert Friend, and he was in the Dennis Potter play, Brimstone and Treacle, in the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It is World Theatre Day, and while it has been a horrible year with theatres closed, for the most part, I want to celebrate and look forward to when we can enjoy live performance again. So here are 47 things I love about going to the theatre: 1. The familiarity... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
If there was one play/production you could revive to watch when theatres reopen (hopefully) in May, what would you choose? Would you go for something tragic or uplifting? Maybe a comedy because a laugh would be good? This week my inbox has been busy with announcements about the first swathe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
There were few people outside my theatre friends who could understand my excitement at having spent 6 hours watching Shakespeare performed in Dutch. But it was brilliant, and it was at the Barbican theatre. Barbican Theatre lockdown March 2021 The Barbican is one of only a few big theatres in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Sometimes plays just have one actor. They might be playing one character, they might be playing many, but they don't have any other actors to play off. It is just them and their performance. There are no distractions, it's just you and them. Do you have a favourite solo performance?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
London has an abundance of pub theatres, and the Old Red Lion in Islington is one of my favourites. The space is tiny—pew-like seating on two sides of the tea-tray sized stage. If you sit on the front row, you are in constant fear of tripping an actor because they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction and that's how I preambled my review of The Great Wave at the National Theatre back in 2018. It was based on real events in the 1970s and 1980s when North Korean agents abducted ordinary people from Japanese beaches in order to steal... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The 'Chekhov's gun' in Lolita Chakrabati's Hymn is £10,000 in savings. When it gets mentioned early on, the warning light started flashing in my mind. Hymn, on stage via the screen (Danny Sapani and Adrian Lester, photo Marc Brenner) It belongs to Benny (Danny Sapani), hard-earned and put by bit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the performances you've seen. I'm like you, still waiting for that perfect role. I'm curious to see what he's going to be like in Fargo when we finally get to see it as that series can be quite dark.
It absolutely did disappear quite rapidly. The theatre is a great place to spot actors, particularly those that do stage work. There are certain theatres (not the big West End ones) where you almost always see somebody. Often I see actors I recognise from stuff they've done on stage but can't put a name to them. Google sometimes helps.
I want to see your play. Get writing.
Theatre-land is a mixture of new plays and revivals, but there are certain classics which regularly get staged - which have you seen the most? Is there a particular reason why you've seen one play more than any others? The hands-down winner for me is Hamlet. I think I've seen... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I don't want to turn this lockdown theatre walks series into Ben Whishaw stories, but I do have a Ben Whishaw story connected to Hampstead Theatre, but I'll come onto that. Hampstead Theatre Jan 2021 Normally I'd get the tube to Hampstead as the Santander Cycle docks don't stretch that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
This week's Sunday Theatre question is about girl-power on stage - what is your favourite play or production with an all-female cast? Theatre's gender balance still has a way to go, but it feels like it has improved in recent years. Do you think? My choice for this makes a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Headed into town for my weekend lockdown exercise and visited the Soho Theatre - we go back a long way, to pre-blog days and pre-fame days for two notable names. Soho Theatre in January 2021 It was at the Soho Theatre I first saw Ben Whishaw on stage. He'd just... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Going to see a much-loved film or book that has been adapted for the stage can conjure up a mixture of feelings from excitement to nerves. Sometimes there is an element of curiosity about how it will be adapted. So have you seen a screen or stage adaptation that has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I should have thought of this back in March but better late than never... I've started using my lockdown weekend walks (or cycles) to visit some of my favourite London theatres. White Bear Theatre, Kennington in lockdown Jan 2021 The off-the-top-of-my-head list I drew up has 18 non-West End theatres... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Travis Alabanza's play Overflow is set in the toilet of a club from where transgirl Rosie (Reece Lyons) has locked herself in. Overflow, Bush Theatre. Photography by Elise Rose. Art direction by Mia Maxwell She talks about the power of a 'pre-emptive pee' but it isn't just about being organised... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
This week's theatre question is inspired by the wintery weather. The weathermen forecast snow for this weekend here in London but instead, it's peeing it down with rain. Not that I mind too much snow is just a pain - on those rare occasions we get it in the city.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
If you had a theatre-watching nightmare, one where you were forced to sit an watch something and it was everything you hate, what would that look like for you? For me, it would be a musical, written by Tom Stoppard and starring Ben Whishaw for reasons I explain in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hopefully this year we'll see theatres reopening and a semblance of normality returning so with that in mind the first Sunday Theatre question of 2021 is about what your dream play would be and who would star in it. So pick a genre - or a play if you have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I love a serious play, something thought-provoking and challenging but right now, with everything that is going on, I just want a laugh. I want frothy fun that is diverting. Did behind-the-scenes farce The Comeback at the Noel Coward Theatre fit the bill? Ben Ashenden & Alex Owen in The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Guardian has published this great collection of photos of famous actors in early stage roles. It's one of the things I love about theatre, watching young actors cut their teeth in small stage roles, blossom into bigger roles and then go on to have success on screen. Photo by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at Rev Stan's theatre blog