I didn’t get to see South Downs/The Browning Version on Tuesday, which was press night – we went on Wednesday instead – but I was there at the party afterwards to take photos for The Stage, a selection of which are below.
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This theatre, established in a room above the Stag gay pub in Victoria, has established a reputation of hosting mostly gay, often musical productions that are usually highly enjoyable. Monday’s event saw a collection of monologues, short scenes and musical numbers from recent shows. Even those productions which didn’t work too well in full length could contribute something pithy, moving and/or funny to the mix, resulting in a highly enjoyable evening.
I haven’t updated the blog recently — a sign, as ever, that I’m quite busy. I’ve been at several parties recently as a photographer for The Stage – so much so that, once again, this week’s back page ‘Scene Around’ section exclusively uses my photos.
The first party of the batch was a lunchtime celebration marking the Sheffield Crucible’s 40th anniversary. The actual anniversary is next month and will be marked by events at the Crucible itself, but last week artistic director Daniel Evans and the Crucible team came down to the Delfont Room in the Prince of Wales Theatre to celebrate with their London-based friends.
Last night I went to the press night of Third Floor, a new play by Jason Hall, starring Craig Gazey and Emily Head – both most recognisable in public eyes for their recent television roles (Coronation Street and The Inbetweeners respectively).
Afterwards, I went along to the afterparty for the usual The Stage photo duties. A selection will be in next week’s paper, but some are included below.
Last night, I went to the press night of Cool Hand Luke, a new stage adaptation of the book that was previously adapted as a film starring Paul Newman. I may well write up a review shortly, but I have a pile of hard-boiled eggs to get through first…
Anyway, the main reason I was there was, once again, to snap some pictures for The Stage‘s party pages. The sprawling party, spread across several huge rooms of the Waldorf Astoria, made it hard to find all the celebrities who were there – but a selection of snaps I did manage to get are below.
After seeing Noël and Gertie on Friday night, I stayed to take some pictures for The Stage’s party section, and included some of my friends, too… Thanks as ever to Kevin Wilson PR for organising the event.
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.
On Friday, I popped along to the Lyric Hammersmith, venue for the Twespians Summer Party. It was good fun, and as usual it was great to reunite with old friends and make some new ones. And when the weather is fine, as it was on Friday, the Lyric’s roof garden is one of the most convivial theatre bar spaces going…
A selection of photos: