The Lion King’s 5000th West End performance

Last week, I was invited to the Lyceum Theatre by Disney Theatrical to see the 5000th West End performance of The Lion King.

I’ve reviewed The Lion King before on the blog, so nothing else to add there. Once again, though, the main reason for my being there at all was to take photos for The Stage’s party page. Some will be in print in Thursday’s issue, but a selection are below.

Mamma Mia! media night party photographs

Last night, I was at the Prince of Wales theatre for the current cast’s media night – a chance to hang out with the cast and crew in the theatre’s beautiful Delfont Room after the performance.

I was there to take pictures for Scene Around, the party pages of The Stage, and a selection will be in a future print edition. But here are some snaps.

Napoletango after show party, London Coliseum

Readers will recall that I didn’t enjoy Napoletango the show. But I was at the after-party to take some shots and, while I didn’t get too many, it was good to get at least some.

And the wine at the party – which had, apparently, been flown over from Italy especially – was very nice indeed, a big improvement on most after-party beverages…

Photographer available

By this time next week I’ll have been taking photos for The Stage’s party pages at four separate events in two weeks (see some photos from Journey’s End and Betwixt!). It’s quite fun to do, and I’m thinking about branching out into doing it for other people – so if you’re interested, do contact me. In the meantime, peruse my Flickr collection. Below, one of my favourite such photos: my friends Damian, Sam and George at Sondheim in Reverse in October 2010.

Damian Sandys, Sam Harrison, George Dyer
Damian Sandys (director), Sam Harrison (peformer), George Dyer (musical director), Sondheim in Reverse, Freedom Bar Soho, Wardour Street, Soho, October 24 2010

Betwixt! after-show party pictures

After seeing Betwixt! the Musical, it was off to the aftershow party, where for the second time in a week I was on photography duties for The Stage’s Scene Around pages.

A selection of these photos will, therefore, be included in the paper, but a wider selection is now available on Flickr – and below.


Party pictures

Recently, I’ve been starting to do the occasional night as a photographer for The Stage‘s back page party pictures section, Scene Around. After Wolfboy and Smokey Joe’s Cafe in July, last week I was at two events on consecutive nights.

On Wednesday I was invited a long to a preview screening of the first two episodes of Series 2 of the E4/Left Bank Pictures sketch show School of Comedy, which stars a number of young people who have all come from the after-school club at The Harrodian School:

The following night, The 39 Steps was celebrating its fourth birthday at the Criterion Theatre with an evening of cocktails, beautiful cakes and lots of period detailing:

Some of these photos will be appearing in this week’s issue of The Stage. It’s not exactly the most glamorous of jobs, disrupting people’s conversations in order to snap them, but at least I’m getting to meet more people than I usually do at events like this…