Payback – the Musical

Above are some production shots from Payback – the Musical, which is currently playing at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Press night was last Friday, and my review is available on the Musical Theatre Review website.

South Downs/The Browning Version press night party

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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Children of Eden aftershow party

Yesterday, I was kindly invited by Kevin Wilson PR to attend a charity concert in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK, with a one-off performance of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Children of Eden. With a book by John Caird and best on the book of Genesis, as Bibically inspired musicals go, it’s… well, it’s better than Godspell.

Seriously, there were some great musical performances (especially from Louise Dearman and Lauren Samuels) and it was great to see so many current and future West End stars come together, donating their time for such a worthy cause.

The reason I was invited was, once again, to take party pictures for The Stage. Because Friday was the company’s own annual party, the pictures won’t be in the paper until February 8 at the earliest, but you can see them here first. They’re also visible on my Flickr account.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK homepage

Above the Stag’s 3rd birthday party

For the third of my party collections to be featured in this week’s issue of The Stage (see also the Sheffied Crucible 40th birthday party and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas press night), I went to Above the Stag’s 3rd birthday party.

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.

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas press night photos

The same day as the Sheffield Crucible 40th birthday party, I went to the Union Theatre to see a revival of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which I reviewed for The Stage. And then after the show, the Union’s small bar space played host to the cast and producers.

Sheffield Crucible’s 40th birthday party

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.

Third Floor press night afterparty

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.

Cool Hand Luke afterparty

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.

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.