In rehearsal: Incantata at the Galway International Arts Festival

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. 

In rehearsal: The Importance of Being Earnest

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. 

In production: The Jungle at The Playhouse

The Young Vic's production of The Jungle has transferred and has transformed The Playhouse theatre. In what's likely to be the most challenging shoot of the year, I navigated actors, acrobats and audience members to capture this important, relevant and very moving show. 

In rehearsal: The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre

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. 

In tech: Red at the Wyndhams Theatre

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. 

In production: Taming of the Shrew at Chilham Castle

So, the Globe tour begins and I shot one of its last stop offs in the UK. The Taming of the Shrew plays at Chilham Castle, in Kent. 

In rehearsal: Fun Home at the Young Vic

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...

 

 

In production: Orlando Bloom in Killer Joe

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.

In production: Twelfth Night - Globe Tour 2018

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. 

In production: Mark Rylance at Westminster Abbey

Lucky enough to shoot the Shakespeare's Globe's second visit to Westminster Abbey, where Mark Rylance led the cast in a promenade production. The limited run show featured Shakespearean soliloquies and scenes. Tickets were as easy to source as hen's teeth. If you missed it - you missed it.  

In production: Describe the Night at Hampstead

Here are my production shots from Rajiv Joseph's Describe the Night, now playing at Hampstead Theatre. It's directed by Lisa Spirling. A beefy, timely and serious play.

In production: Why is the Sky Blue?

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. 

In rehearsal: Describe the Night at Hampstead Theatre

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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In rehearsal: Killer Joe - starring Orlando Bloom

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.