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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 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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Repeated phrases become vacuous in their repetition suggesting that the political narrative has similarly become empty. Fuel Theatre's Summit in rehearsal Ten minutes into Summit and I'm irritated. It's not the woman loudly crunching on her supper next to me although that is annoying, rather the fact that on stage... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Bullet Hole is brave in its exposure of FGM and the culture around it and it feels like a starting point for a wider narrative. A play about female genital mutilation is never going to be an easy watch but I particularly was drawn to Bullet Hole to better understand... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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In its 8th ghoulish and gory year, the London Horror Festival opens on 7 Oct at the Old Red Lion Theatre and I sat down with producer Katy Danbury to get the low down on what to expect. What can we expect from the London Horror Festival? First and foremost,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Inheritance is an epic two part story of love, loss and life - think of it as this year's Angels in America. It is a playful play with laugh out loud moments but in a blink, it is full of pathos and tragedy. It is a play full of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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This month sees the European premiere of American playwright Ken Urban’s acclaimed A Guide for the Homesick, starring Douglas Booth and Clifford Samuel and directed by Jonathan O’Boyle. L-R Clifford Samuel (Teddy) & Douglas Booth (Jeremy) in Rehearsals for A Guide For The Homesick. Photo: Helen Maybanks Described as a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Tickets went on sale this week for what must surely count as two of London's must-see plays of 2019: All My Sons, Old Vic and All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre. All About Eve: Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Photo: Perou The new production of Arthur Miller's All My Son's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Karen Archer's performance gives the impression of someone who has run off a cliff and is still running, her sarcasm and sharpness serving to emphasise her vulnerability in those moments she begins to realise she's falling. Karen Archer & Neil McCaul in The Other Place at the Park Theatre. Photo... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It's a play I still remember fondly and I was right to think that Colin Morgan was 'one to watch' Colin Morgan in Vernon God Little, Young Vic Theatre, 2007 It's 10 years since the BBC's Merlin first aired, which I loved, but one of the reasons I started watching... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Meaningful debate, clever thought and persuasiveness get overshadowed by ego manifested as sneering, sarcasm and physical violence. The Sword of Alex. Photo: Valeria Coizza Power and identity are at the heart of Rib Davis' play The Sword of Alex. A confrontation between leader Antonio (Patrick Regis) and Karl (DK Ugonna),... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Great to see a play challenging gender stereotypes but doing it in a way that is both fun and considered Hear Me Howl. Photo: Will Lepper Jess (Alice Pitt-Carter) is nearly 30, lives with her boyfriend Taj and has an unstimulating office job. It's an ordinary life, one she feels... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Metaphors aside it is difficult to determine whether Foxfinder is supposed to be an atmospheric thriller or a surreal comedy Iwan Rheon and Paul Nicholls in Foxfinder. Photo: Pamela Raith. The Foxfinder of the title is William (Iwan Rheon) sent to examine the farm of Judith (Heida Reed) and Sam... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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A play that stimulates, entertains and enlivens and leaves you feeling like you've been at a gig Arinzé Kene's play Misty has transferred to the Trafalgar Studios from a sell-out run at the Bush Theatre giving more people the opportunity to see a play that is unlike anything else you'll... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Seductive and sad, it revulsed, chilled and gripped. Brendan Coyle in St Nicholas. Photo: Helen Maybanks The Donmar has set about making this production of Conor McPherson's monologue St Nicholas an exclusive, intimate and atmospheric experience. Performed by Brendan Coyle at the theatre's rehearsal space in Dryden Street, the temptation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog