Can't remember the last time there was a Genet in the West End. That's set to change with this new production of The Maids, directed by Jamie Lloyd. I'll be on production duties for this one in February. It stars Uzo Aduba, who plays Crazy Eyes in Orange is the New Black; the fantastic Zawe Ashton, from Fresh Meat; and Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael. I strongly suspect that Jamie will create 'an image or two' with this source material.
Pinter's classic kicks off the new Jamie Lloyd season at the Trafalgar, and I was lucky enough to take production shots a few weeks back. The show opened to strong reviews earlier this week. It has an incredible cast, but I must say that the superb Ron Cook surpasses himself in this one.
The play also features Keith Allen - and so begins my series of 'Fellow Fulham Fans What I Have Photographed' - I'm not convinced that it's going to be a massively long series.
What a play this is. There's something about Pinter that has always resonated so deeply with me. The rhythms. The relationships. The ratcheting tension. Highly recommended.
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I love working with director Jamie Lloyd, am thrilled to have been asked to take the production shots for his forthcoming show, The Homecoming.
Take a look at that cast! John Simm, Jemma Chan, Gary Kemp, Ron Cook, John Macmillan and, fellow Fulham fan, Keith Allen. It being a Pinter show, I'm counting on a nice, relaxed and sedentary production with the minimum of 'jumping about.' That said: this being a Jamie Lloyd show it's probably best not to assume.
The show is on at the Trafalgar - a theatre that played host to The Pride and Richard III, both of which I shot for JLP last year.
Always been a massive fan of playwright Peter Barnes. He wrote playful, epic plays that tackled big themes. It's great to see the first major revival of The Ruling Class, since its premiere in 1968. Bizarrely overlooked play, possibly because it's a bizarre play. Here is a small batch of rehearsal shots I took. The shots don't give much away as the producers are wisely keeping their powder dry regarding the many tricks this production will have up its sleeve.
Anyway, here's James McAvoy and the rest of the company.
In the midst of the madness that is unit photography, it's good to know that life goes on in the outside world. I've just been invited aboard the next Jamie Lloyd show at the Trafalgar. It's called The Ruling Class and will star James McAvoy.
One of the many nice touches on Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed season is the cast changeover event. The outgoing cast of Richard III share a stage with the incoming cast of East is East to face the press. Alongside Jamie Lloyd, they discuss the season philosophy, the production challenges and the experience of working at one of the West End's hottest venues.
I popped along to shoot the last of Martin Freeman and the first of Jane Horrocks. The East is East production shoot is up in a couple of weeks.
Thrilled to announce my next job with Jamie Lloyd Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group. This follows on from shooting The Pride and Richard III. East is East stars the great Jane Horrocks and she appears opposite the play's author Ayub Khan Din. This will be the first JLP/ATG show where Jamie hands the directing reins over to someone else. Step up Sam Yates. Sam was assistant director to Michael Grandage on Hamlet way back when, and I worked with Sam more recently on his stunning production of The El Train.
Rehearsal shoot in early September.