I first saw Stanley Townsend in Shining City at the Royal Court. It stands as one of the best stage performances I've ever seen. Last year I was lucky enough to shoot Stanley for Sam Yates' production of Glengarry Glen Ross. Here's some of what I shot for Sam and Stanley as they rehearsed their latest project - it's a dramatic staging of Paul Muldoon's poem, Incantata. It plays at the Galway International Arts Festival.
Time flies. It's the last production of the Classic Spring Company's residency at the Vaudeville. The season closes with The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Sophie Thompson, Fiona Button, Pippa Nixon, Jeremy Swift, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Fehinti Balogun, Tim Gibson, Megan Coombs, Matt Crosby, Geoffrey Freshwater and Stella Gonet.
Here's a glimpse at what I shot in the rehearsal room. Production images to follow.
I'll be shooting rehearsals for this intriguing piece next week, before it heads off to the Galway International Arts Festival. I've been lucky enough to shoot most of Sam Yates' shows (and his film, The Hope Rooms). Looking forward to this shoot immensely. The wonderful portrait of the great Stanley Townsend is, alas, not mine. It was taken by Peter Searle.
The rather wonderful Jeanine Tesori musical is up and running at the Young Vic. First batch of my production shots released...
From Empire Street Productions which brought you 'Killer Joe', and Smith and Brant Theatricals - here comes another slice of skewed Americana. What a great play. I'll be shooting both rehearsals and production for this at the end of the year. Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn star.
The show was a big hit at the Young Vic and now it's on its way to the Playhouse Theatre. I've just shot rehearsals and will snapping production later this week. This epic, written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, is co-directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin. Sonia Friedman Productions, fresh from their Tony triumph, bring this production to the West End.
I've been lucky enough to shoot on pretty much all of Michael Grandage's shows for over ten years. I've documented both rehearsals and the tech process. Red, by John Logan, is currently playing at the Wyndham's Theatre and I can't recommend it enough. Here's what went on during last last few hours before the first dress rehearsal. The show stars Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch. The play is exquisitely designed by Christopher Oram and lit by Neil Austin.
Spent a great morning with the cast of Fun Home, soon to open at the Young Vic. The musical, written by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, stars the lovely Jenna Russell, Kaisa Hammarlund, Zubin Varla, Eleanor Kane, Ashley Samuels and Cherelle Skeete. Sam Gold directs. Saw this show in NY and am just chuffed to be shooting it here. Production shots in a couple of weeks...
Will be shooting production for Son of Rambow, a new musical currently in development at The Other Palace. It's based on the film of the same name and is directed by Sam Hodges.
Also, I'll be shooting both rehearsals and production for The Jungle - a big hit for the Young Vic, soon to transfer to the Playhouse Theatre. It's directed by Stephen Daldry.
Rehearsals are up and running for Martin McDonagh's dark comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore. It stars Aidan Turner and is directed by Michael Grandage. The show plays at the Noel Coward Theatre from June 23.
My production shots have just been released for Killer Joe at the Trafalgar. The show stars Orlando Bloom, Sophie Cookson, Adam Gillen, Steffan Rhodri and Neve McIntosh. What a wonderfully dark, poetic and twisted play this is. And it's served with a great production by Simon Evans.
The Globe Tour 2018 comprises of three productions; Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew. I'm shooting all three before they set off on their travels. Here's a glimpse at Twelfth Night which is currently playing at Shakespeare's Globe. Brendan O'Hea directs the tour.
This has been in the planning for some time and I'm delighted to say that it's all gone public. I'm going to be taking rehearsal and production shots for this quite unique project. Director Jamie Lloyd has curated seven evenings' worth of Harold Pinter's one-act plays. The season runs for six months at the Harold Pinter Theatre. And just look at that cast below... with more names threatened soon...
Jamie will be directing the lion's share of the season, with Lia Williams, Lyndsey Turner, Ed Stambollouian and Patrick Marber taking on the other plays.
Designer Soutra Gilmour has the task of creating something that holds all of these plays together. Can't wait to see what she comes up with and can't wait to get cracking on this project.
I've had the pleasure of shooting for director Abbey Wright over many years. Her latest project, Why is the Sky Blue? is quite unique. Abbey Wright, Shireen Mula and Matt Regan interviewed 10,000 6-22 year olds on what they think love is and the effect of pornography on their lives. Why is the Sky Blue? is the result of these interviews. The show runs at the Southwark Playhouse. It's an insightful and rather moving piece.
Rajiv Joseph's play receives its UK premiere at the Hampstead Theatre. I shot Rajiv's 'Guards at the Taj' last year, in Jamie Lloyd's great production. The new play is a panoramic examination of truth, lies and the interpretation of history. I shot production yesterday, but in the meantime, here's how it shaped up in the rehearsal room.
The cast features Ben Caplin, David Birrell, Rebecca O'Mara, Siena Kelly, Steve John Shepherd, Wendy Kweh and Joel MacCormack. It's directed by Lisa Spirling.
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Killer Joe is a terrific play; nasty, lyrical and mythic - and it's cast to the hilt in this new production, directed by Simon Evans. Produced by Emily Dobbs and Empire Street Productions, it stars Orlando Bloom, Sophiue Cookson, Adam Gillen, Neve Macintosh and Steffan Rhodri. I took these rehearsal shots last week and will be shooting production in a bit. The show opens at the Trafalgar Theatre on 18 May.