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Business Skills For Theatre Professionals - Masterclass


Masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket are holding a Business Skills for theatre professionals Masterclass on Tuesday 17th February at 2.30 in the afternoon. In this workshop, David Paynter, a management consultant with almost 20 years experience, will divulge what he has learnt whilst sharing his business skills with arts and theatre professionals, helping them to raise money and use their unique capabilities to generate income they had never thought possible. Read More...

Theatre Royal Haymarket Company Summer School


Throughout the summer, the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company in London will be running a series of non-residential stage schools focusing on both acting and musical theatre. The Theatre Royal Haymarket Company has built up a reputation of producing some of the finest pieces of theatre and musical theatre in the West End and internationally and now the opportunity has arisen for children and young people to be involved in producing and performing in a production on a West End stage. The school is aimed at those between the ages of 7 to 17. If you are interested in hearing more details about this please email Alice Driver at alice@trh.co.uk or call on 0207 389 9662.
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Theatre Royal Haymarket Company Drama School September 2009 to June 2010



The Theatre Royal Haymarket Company are offering opportunities for children and young people to join our West End Drama School, held at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. The school is aimed at those between the ages of 7 to 17. The school will be held every saturday throughout term time and will be run by the Head of Education and Learning as well as guest teachers including theatre directors and actors from the West End. In addition, there will be regular opportunities to perform on stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Entry to the school is open to everyone. If you are interested in hearing more about the Drama School please email Alice Driver at alice@trh.co.uk or call on 0207 389 9662. Read More...

James McAvoy - Actors Masterclass



Fri 20 February / 2.30 pm / Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

James McAvoy is probably best known for his film roles, such as Atonement, The Last King of Scotland, Wanted and the channel 4 television series Shameless.
In 2006, James was the recipient of the BAFTA Rising Star Award. He has also recieved a BAFTA Scotland award and has been nominated for an ALFS Award, a Golden Globe award, a European Film Award and two further BAFTA Awards. Read More...

Rebecca Lenkiewicz - The Writers Process - From Page To Stage Masterclass


Fri 27 February / 2.30 pm / Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Rebecca Lenkiewicz is probably best known for being the first living female playwright ever to have a play premiered on the main stage at the National Theatre. 'Her Naked Skin' was well received by audiences and critics alike.

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Masterclass At The Haymarket Video Tapes


For anyone that missed the Masterclasses or was not even old enough at the time to watch the actors Masterclasses at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2000 to 2001 there is still a chance to purchase them for a minimum donation of £2 each while stocks last. There are two different tapes, one for 2000 the other for 2001. The 2000 tapes includes highlights of
including Alan Ayckbourn, Ruthie Henshall, Timothy West, Henry Goodman and more. The 2001 tape includes highlights of Maureen Lipman, Nigel Planer, Maria Friedman and more. Both tapes are 3 hours long each.

If your interested in obtaining copies they can be purchased at Masterclass events at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London.
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Photos Of Derek Jacobi Masterclass


This is just a small selection of some of the photographs taken at an actors masterclass that Derek Jacobi gave at "Masterclass" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in January.

To view more photos from the Masterclass press the 'Read More' link below.

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Photos from TheatreCraft 2008


This is a selection of photographs that were taken for TheatreCraft 2008 at the London Coliseum in London in November. Some of photographs were then later used in 'The Stage' newspaper in January this year.

TheatreCraft is a skills fair which highlights all the career opportunities in theatre outside of performance. Run by Masterclass at The Theatre Royal Haymarket in association with Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Society of London Theatre, ENO Baylis and supported by The Stage, TheatreCraft 2008 at the London Colesium was a great success. It explored the many skills involved in staging a production through workshops, talks, demonstrations and displays from leading theatre practitioners and training providers. TheatreCraft is an annual event and new dates and times for TheatreCraft 2009 will be announced later this year.

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Owen Teale - Actors Masterclass


Fri 13 March / 2.30 pm / Theatre Royal Haymarket
Owen Teale is one of Britain's most well recognised and well respected actors. In a career spanning 25 years, he has performed on both stage and screen to great critical acclaim.

During two seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, roles included Hotspur in Henry IV, Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar and Edmund in King Lear. He played the title role in Ivanov by Chekhov at the National Theatre and created the role of Richard in The Country by Martin Crimp at the Royal Court. In 1997 he won the Tony Award for Best Actor and was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards, both for his performances in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. Read More...

Matthew MacFadyen - Actors Masterclass


Fri 20 March / 2.30 pm / Theatre Royal Haymarket
Instantly recognisable from his recent highly acclaimed screen work, Matthew Macfadyen is one of Britain's highly acclaimed and respected actors.

Since leaving RADA in 1995, Matthew has worked with Declan Donnellan and Cheek by Jowl, Nicholas Hytner at the National, Dominic Cooke at the Royal Court and the RSC. His television work includes Spooks (BBC), Little Dorrit (BBC) and Secret Life (C4), for which he won the 'Best Actor' award at the Royal Television Society 2007 Awards for this part, and was also nominated for a BAFTA. Read More...

Matthew MacFadyen - Actors Masterclass Update


Fri 20 March / 2.30 pm / Theatre Royal Haymarket

Unfortunately this event has been postponed. More information to follow shortly. Read More...

Paterson Joseph: Spontaneity Workshop


Fri 27 March / 2.30 pm / Theatre Royal Haymarket

Masterclass is offering the opportunity for 12 actors to take part in a workshop with acclaimed actor Paterson Joseph. We are looking for 6 girls and 6 boys who are enthusiastic and more importantly, willing to take risks, as the workshop will focus on improvisation and spontaneity.

This will be a closed workshop and you cannot book for places in the audience. Read More...

"Finding Alice" by "A Single Leaf"


"A Single Leaf" whose production of "Finding Alice" I photographed, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, will be having a one off performance in Luton on Saturday 14th March. The venue is:

The hat Factory, 65-67 Bute Street, LU1 2EY
Box Office - 01582 878 100

Ticket prices are, Adults £4, Children £3.50

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Photos Of Jeremy Irons Masterclass


This is just a small selection of some of the photographs taken at an actors masterclass that Jeremy Irons gave at "Masterclass" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in July of last year.

To view more photos from the Masterclass press the 'Read More' link below.

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Photos of Matthew MacFadyen Masterclass


This is a selection of some of the photographs taken at an actors masterclass that Matthew MacFadyen gave at "Masterclass" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in April. Matthew talking about his acting, which included a question and answer session.

Recent film appearances include Fitzwilliam Darcy in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice directed by Joe Wright and co-starring Keira Knightley; and John Birt in the highly acclaimed Frost/Nixon directed by Ron Howard.

FILM

Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard, Universal Pictures), Death at a funeral (Frank Oz, Death at a Funeral ltd), Middletown (Green Park Films), Pride and Prejudice (Joe Wright, Working Title), In my father's den (Little Bird Productions), The Reckoning (Renaissance/Morality Films), Enigma (Enigma Productions), Maybe Baby (Ben Elton, Inconceivable films)


TELEVISION

Little Dorrit (BBC TV), Miss Marple (Granada), Ashes to Ashes (Kudos Productions), Secret Life (Channel 4), MI5 (USA, BBC TV), The Project (BBC TV), Spooks: 2 series (BBC), The way we live now (Deep Indigo), Perfect Strangers (Stephen Poliakoff, Talkback TV), Bloodline (BBC TV), Warriors (BBC TV), Wuthering Heights (LWT Productions)


THEATRE

The Pain and the Itch (Dominic Cooke, Royal Court), Henry IV: Parts 1+2 (Nick Hytner, National Theatre), Battle Royal (National Theatre/ RSC/ Stratford), School for Scandal (Declan Donnellan, Barbican/Cheek by Jowl), Much ado about nothing (Touring/West End), Duchess of Malfi (West End/New York + Int Tour), Midsummer Nights Dream (Adrian Noble, RSC)

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Matthew Warchus Actors Masterclass


Friday 15 May / 2.30 pm / Theatre Royal Haymarket

Matthew Warchus is a hugely successful director of theatre, opera and film.

He is currently opening THE NORMAN CONQUESTS and GOD OF CARNAGE on Broadway, following on from the highly acclaimed productions at the Old Vic and in the West End, respectively. Read More...

Douglas Hodge 'The Actor as Director' Masterclass


Tuesday 19 May / 2.30 pm / Theatre Royal Haymarket

Douglas Hodge is an Olivier Award-winning actor, director and musician who has had great success and achieved critical acclaim for his various roles and projects.

Douglas is considered to be one of the foremost interpreters of Harold Pinter, having appeared in more than ten Pinter plays including: No Man’s Land, Moonlight (Almeida and West End), The Collection, The Lover (Donmar Warehouse), Betrayal (National) and The Caretaker (West End). He also made his directing debut with a revival of Harold Pinter’s Dumb Waiter at Oxford Playhouse. Read More...

Story Of London Project: 5 Performers Needed


Masterclass is seeking 5 performers - performance artists, musicians or actors - aged 17 -30, who would be interested in working as a collective to create a series of devised performances based on the history of the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Working collaboratively with theatre artist Blayne George this will be an opportunity to explore various way of using space to create and tell a story. The series will then be performed around the Theatre Royal Haymarket during June in conjunction with the festival. Read More...

F10: Mischa Twitchin - Experimental Theatre


As part of the Festival 10 series of events, Masterclass invites theatre artist Mischa Twitchin to join them for an afternoon of engaging discussion centred on the making of theatre, specifically experimental, site-specific and promenade performance.

Mischa is a founder member of the London-based performance collective Shunt. A key feature of Shunt’s artistic policy is to explore the live event and question the familiar boundaries between audience and performance. His current and upcoming projects at the Shunt Lounge include Klamm’s Dream - a ‘monologue for two voices’, Bruno Walter’s Last Concert and I wonder sometimes who I am, which will be shown in November at the Suspense Festival. Read More...

Photos Of James McAvoy Masterclass


This is a selection of some of the photographs taken at an actors masterclass that James McAvoy gave at "Masterclass" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in February. James talked about his acting, which included a question and answer session. This masterclass was packed out with people as was one of the busiest so far this year. Not as many photographs as I normally take as I did not have as much time to take them within as I usually do. The Owen Teal actors Masterclass photographs I am currently editing and retouching will make up for this though.

James will soon appear in The Last Station co-starring Helen Mirren due for release in 2009. He is also working on a new film called Gnomeo and Juliet, a remake of Romeo and Juliet in animation form which is to be released in 2010.

He is currently starring in Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre, along side Nigel Harman and Lyndsey Marshall.

Further Credits Include:

Film
Becoming Jane (JA Films), Penelope (Penelope Productions Ltd.) Starter for Ten (HBO/Playtone), Inside I'm Dancing (Working Title), Wimbledon (Working Title)

Theatre
Lovers (Lyceum, Edinburgh), The Reel of the hanged man (Traverse), Westside Story (Courtyard Theatre), The Tempest (Brunton Theatre co.)

Television
Macbeth (BBC), Early Doors (Ovations Entertainments), Children of Dune (Milk and Honey), Inspector Lynley Mysteries (BBC), Foyle's War (Greenlit), Murder in Mind (BBC), The Bill (Thames) and Band of Brothers.

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Photos Of David Morrissey Masterclass


This is a selection of some of the photographs taken at an actors masterclass that David Morrissey gave at "Masterclass" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London in January. David talked about his acting, which included a question and answer session. David talked in great detail about his method for developing the characters he plays in theatre, film and TV productions. He explained and showed how he keeps all his research notes in books (which can be seen in some of the photos) for each character he plays. This includes a brief history of the person. This then allows to refer back to his notes any time he needs to during the rehearsal stage for a play of during the filming of scenes.

David Morrissey has recently appeared in Neil LaBute’s In A Dark Dark House, directed by Michael Attenborough at the Almeida Theatre. His previous theatre credits include Three Days of Rain for the Donmar Warehouse, Much Ado About Nothing at the Queen’s Theatre as well as King John, Richard III and Edward IV all for the RSC and El Cid and Twelfth Night for Cheek by Jowl.

His extensive television credits include Peter Morgan’s The Deal in which he played Gordon Brown. Sense and Sensibility, State of Play, Cape Wrath, Ripley’s Gold, Blackpool, Out of Control, Linda Green and Our Mutual Friend. He also appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor.

His film credits include The Waterhouse, The Other Boleyn Girl, Basic Instinct 2, Captain Correlli’s Mandolin, Hilary and Jackie, The One That Got Away and Being Human. With Mrs Mandela and Centurion in post production and Nowhere Boy in filming.

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The School For Scandal


These are some of the dress rehearsal photographs that were taken of The School for Scandal written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan early this year. Normally I would take photographs of the whole of the cast in full costume running through the entire production. Due do technical difficulties this was not possible. The heating system had broken down earlier in the morning so it meant everything was running behind. In the end I took some photographs of key scenes before the first run at lunch time. I decided to stay and watch the whole production on it's opening performance. This turned out to be well worth while as the play was excellent with a fine cast. Also I had an opportunity to spot other key scenes that I thought would make good photographs. After the play I asked the cast to run some of these scenes again so I could capture their performance. The finished photographs were then sent out to the press for use with reviews and other promotion. These have been used in a lot of online media. The play was put on by Red Handed Theatre Company and directed by Jessica Swale.

To view more photos from the production press the 'Read More' link below.

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Photos Of Michael Sheen Masterclass


This is a selection of some of the photographs taken at an actors masterclass that Michael Sheen gave at "Masterclass" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, towards the end of last year. This Masterclass session was a little different to usual as it was a double, with Michael Sheen in the morning and Joanna Lumley in the afternoon. Michael talked about his acting, which included a question and answer session. This also included how he researches characters based on real people and develops them.

Michael’s theatre work includes: The Un Inspector (The National Theatre); Caligula directed by Michael Grandage (Donmar Warehouse); Look Back In Anger (The National Theatre) Amadeus directed by Peter Hall; Henry V (RSC); The Homecoming (The National Theatre); Ends of the Earth (The National Theatre) Michael was also awarded the Best Actor Evening Standard Theatre Award in 2003 and was Winner of the Best Actor Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2003 for his performance in Caligula.

Television work includes: Fantabulosa (BBC 4); H.G Wells – A Life In Pictures; Nero (BBC 1); Dirty Filthy Love (Granada); The Deal playing Tony Blair (Channel 4); Maigret (Granada); Gallowglass (BBC); and In Suspicious Circumstances (Granada). Michael was also awarded the Best Actor award from The Royal Television Society in 2007 for his portrayal of Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa.

Film works includes: The Damned United; Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans; Frost / Nixon; The Music Within; Blood Diamond; The Queen; Dead Long Enough; The Banker; Royston Vasey – The Motion Picture; and Kingdom Of Heaven.

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Richard Curtis Masterclass


Tueday 9 June / 2.30 pm / Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Taking Comedy Fairly Seriously: Richard Curtis on 30 years in film and tv- and 13 disastrous weeks on stage.

A rare opportunity to put your questions to one of Britiain’s most successful and acclaimed screen writers. This actors Masterclass will take place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London. For film, Richard's credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually and Bridget Jones's Diary. He is also responsible for some of our most-loved TV comedy, including Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley.

Richard is Co-founder of Comic Relief. He has co-produced the ten nights of Comic Relief for the BBC which, along with Sport Relief, have so far raised over half a billion pounds. Read More...

Tony Jordan - Script Writing For Television Masterclass


The former lead-writer of Eastenders and creator of Life on Mars talks about his transition from market stallholder to enormously successful writer, voted by Broadcast magazine as the number one television screenwriter in the UK. There will be a chance to put your own questions to Tony. Read More...

Patrick Stewart Masterclass


Tuesday 30 June 3.30 pm. Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

The legendary stage and screen actor, currently recieving rave reviews in Waiting for Godot here at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, talks about his experiences in the industry and provides a Q&A session.
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Getting into Drama School


Friday 3 July 1.00 pm. Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama will talk in depth about drama school, its context as a higher education option, what you can expect from an acting course and how the application process works. Geoff will then work with six pre-selected participants on their drama school audition pieces. This will be a fascinating opportunity to see what is expected from drama school audition panels.

To apply to work on stage with Geoffrey, please send an email with Acting as the subject, indicating:

Why you would like this opportunity

Which drama schools you are thinking of applying to

The piece you would like to work on

Your age

What you are doing now (ie: school / college / university / gap year / other – please specify)

Your contact details (email and phone no.)

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Producer Panel 2009


Friday 10 July 2.30 pm. Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

A panel-led event with four industry professionals who will give you an insight into their side of the business, answer your questions and impart invaluable advice. The panel will talk about what it is to put on a play, how to bring a creative team together and make an idea come to life. This event is designed for people who want to forge a career in producing, acting, directing or writing – it will give a useful overview of the structure behind a successful production. 4 leading professionals from each area of production will talk about how they started out, what training they have had and what the risks are in producing theatre.
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Getting into Musical Theatre


Tueday 7 July 2.30 pm. Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Gerry Tebbutt, Head of Musical Theatre at GSA will begin this session with a discussion about choosing to study musical theatre, what you could expect from a course and how to prepare for applying and auditioning. Gerry will then work with six pre-selected participants on their musical theatre audition songs. This will be a fascinating opportunity to see what is expected from audition panels for musical theatre courses.

To apply to work on stage with Gerry, please send an email with Musical Theatre as the subject, indicating:

Why you would like this opportunity

Which musical theatre courses you are thinking of applying to

The song you would like to work on

Your age

What you are doing now (ie: school / college / university / gap year / other – please specify)

Your contact details (email and phone no.)

Please email this to: info@masterclass.org.uk

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Missing Since Monday


These are some of the rehearsal photographs that were taken of 'Missing Since Monday' a new chamber musical by Harriet Oughton with Fran Morley and the Nuffield Youth Theatre. The photos were taken before the dress rehearsal whilst the cast and director were working on key scenes from the musical.

The production is about Laura Barton, aged just 15, who has gone missing after an argument at a party.

Rumours are flying around about what has happened to her. Nobody knows, but there is no shortage of theories.

Nuffield Youth Theatre spent a term researching real stories of missing teenagers, including Dan Nolan, improvising and devising scenes of their own and developing their singing skills. Another term of work on the completed script and score have stretched those skills further.
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Apprentice Director Required For Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket is looking for a young aspiring technician or stage manager who would relish the opportunity to work with the company and production team on Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Anna Friel and Joseph Cross.

Set in New York in 1943, a young writer from Louisiana, William ‘Fred’ Parsons meets Miss Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly, including William - but he is poor, and Holly needs rich. Will she marry Rusty, playboy millionaire? Or José, the future president of Brazil? As war rages in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with William - and then her past catches up with her…..

This is an invaluable opportunity to work closely with the company in providing support to the stage management team. This role would suit someone at the early stage of their career looking to become an ASM, DSM, Company Manager or Stage Manager, to gain experience of a West End scale production. Read More...

Technical Apprentice Required For Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket is looking for a young aspiring technician or stage manager who would relish the opportunity to work with the company and production team on Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Anna Friel and Joseph Cross.

Set in New York in 1943, a young writer from Louisiana, William ‘Fred’ Parsons meets Miss Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly, including William - but he is poor, and Holly needs rich. Will she marry Rusty, playboy millionaire? Or José, the future president of Brazil? As war rages in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with William - and then her past catches up with her…..

This is an invaluable opportunity to work closely with the company in providing support to the stage management team. This role would suit someone at the early stage of their career looking to become an ASM, DSM, Company Manager or Stage Manager, to gain experience of a West End scale production. Read More...

Apprentice Designer Required For Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Masterclass is looking for a young aspiring designer who would relish the opportunity to work with award winning designer Anthony Ward on Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Anna Friel and Joseph Cross.

Set in New York in 1943, a young writer from Louisiana, William ‘Fred’ Parsons meets Miss Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly, including William - but he is poor, and Holly needs rich. Will she marry Rusty, playboy millionaire? Or José, the future president of Brazil? As war rages in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with William - and then her past catches up with her…..

This is an invaluable opportunity to work closely with Anthony on the stylistic demands of this production. This role would suit any emerging theatre / costume designer at the early stage of their career, looking to gain experience of a project on this scale.
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Photos Of Tony Jordan Masterclass


This is a selection of some of the photographs taken at an actors masterclass that Tony Jordan gave at "Masterclass" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, on Friday June 19. The Masterclass was all about scriptwriting with a focus on writing for television. Tony explained some of the differences of scriptwriting in America compared to Britain and a method of how to make sure your first draft is very polished. Towards the end of the Masterclass he took questions from the audience.

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Alteration to date of Patrick Stewart Masterclass


The legendary stage and screen actor, currently receiving rave reviews in Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, talks about his experiences in the industry and provides a Q&A session.

PLEASE NOTE - this event has been rescheduled and will now be taking place on Friday 7th August at 4pm.
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Photos Of Mischa Twitchin Masterclass


This is a selection of some of the photographs taken at an actors masterclass that Mischa Twitchin gave at "Masterclass" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, on Friday May 29. The Masterclass was a discussion centred on the making of theatre, specifically experimental, site-specific and promenade performance. Mischa addressed questions concerning both the aesthetics and the economics of making theatre in London today. He reflected on the example of the Shunt collective and took questions from the audience.

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Death Of Long Pig


These are some of the dress rehearsal photographs that were taken of Death Of Long Pig which is currently on at the Finborough Theatre in London. This is a brand new play written by Nigel Planer.

Set in the strange and supernatural surroundings of Samoa and Tahiti, Death of Long Pig explores the duality of experience from the perspectives of two great artists as they usher death into their island homes. As the final hour approaches, they face the eternal question: is it how we prepare for death that really governs the way we live?

To read more and see additional photographs from the production, please click the link below.

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Early Press Photos From Death Of Long Pig


These are some of the photos that were taken for early press and publicity use of 'Death Of Long Pig' by Nigel Planer.

The photographs were taken in a rehearsal room at the Jerwood Space in London a few weeks before the play opened at the Finborough Theatre. At the time no set was available so we had to improvise with the backdrop which was in fact a piece of material that was later used in the production. Full costumes were available though. To make sure the photographs looked real and in the moment, I got the actors to run short scenes from the play and photographed these.

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Publicity Photos For Production Of "Reality Chokes


Below are some of the photos that were taken for the punk play "Reality Chokes" which is on at the Edinburgh Fringe. The play is written by Al Gregg and David Schaal and is a black comedy about lost love, thwarted ambition and mid-life crisis. It is a poignant and funny look at what happens when unresolved conflicts resurface in men who refuse to grow up.

The play was successfully premiered last year at Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead, London where I originally photographed it. At the time it was directed by television and theatre director, Chris Jury. This time around David Schaal who had been acting in it has stepped down to direct the play and has largely recast it for Edinburgh due to availability of the existing cast, with only Al Greg remaining from the original cast. The new cast includes, Al Gregg (Dan), David Marx (John), Cathy MacManamon (Chrissie), Lloyd Morris (Plod), Christopher Tajah (Steve), Matthew Ward (Rob) and Lizzie Stables (Tricia).

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Mad Kings and Englishmen: History Hung Drawn and Quartered


Next week I am shooting production photographs of a new play called "Mad Kings and Englishmen: History Hung Drawn and Quartered" which is the second longest title for a play I have ever photographed! It's narrowly beaten by "Professor Ralph McGinty’s Swashbuckling World of Shakespeare" but only by a few letters. Read More...

Photos Of Patrick Stewart Masterclass


This is a selection of some of the photographs taken at an actors masterclass that Patrick Stewart gave at "Masterclass" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London recently. Patrick talked about his acting, which included a question and answer session.

Patrick's recent theatre work includes: The Merchant of Venice & Johnson over Jordan (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis); The Ride Down Mount Morgan (Public Theatre, Broadway), Othello (Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC), The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park Festival, New York). He has performed many leading roles with the RSC, and was made an Associate Artist of the RSC in 1967.

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Gilgamesh


These are some of the photographs I took last year for Aldateateret who are a Norwegian theatre company. The production is called Gilgamesh. It is a 5000 years old story of a king who thinks he is immortal. He was the king of Uruk in Babylonia which is what is now known as part of Iraq. He lived in about 2700 BC.

The production was being workshoped in a dance studio in London for four days before I photographed it and was partly funded by the Norwegian Arts Council. The team of people that worked on the production are martial artists, gymnasts, dancers, musicians and physical theatre specialists and were chosen for their skills, to perform fights as a tool to tell the story.



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The Early Bird Press Photos


These are some of the early publicity photos I took in January of 'The Early Bird' written by Leo Butler before the set was complete. They were used for early press and publicity use. As they needed to be taken against a black backdrop but still required to look like they were production photos rather than posed photos in a studio it was decided to find a theatre space.

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The Early Bird Production Photos


Following on from the blog I posted a few weeks ago with early publicity photos from The Early Bird these are some of the rehearsal photographs from the same production. The play was performed earlier in the year at the Finborough Theatre in London and stars just two actors Catherine Cusack and Alex Palmer. Directed by Donnacadh O'Briain the play is about when two parents daughter disappears. Debbie and Jack face every parent’s nightmare when their child disappears, leaving them to deal with a gaping hole that’s been left in their lives forever. The Early Bird journeys deep inside the troubled minds and fractured relationship of an ordinary couple, unlocking the door to the darkest corners of the human mind.

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Photos Of Claire Bloom Masterclass


In July Claire Bloom gave a masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. She was interviewed by Geoff Coleman, head of acting at Central School Of Speech and Drama. Selected clips were shown from films she has featured in and she talked about working with various actors including Charlie Chaplin and Lawrence Olivier. This also included how acting styles have changed over the years.

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Photos Of Fiona Shaw Masterclass


This is a selection of some of the photographs from a Shakespeare masterclass Fiona Shaw gave at the Theatre Royal Haymarket earlier in the year. Fiona worked with individual actors and pairs on monologues and duologues from three different Shakespeare plays. Fiona got the actors to breakdown the patterns in which they had learnt the text to get totally fresh and more interesting interpretations. Fiona also took questions from the audience.

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