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Jack and the Beanstalk Production Photographs

December 21st, 2009 by Helen

Jack and the Beanstalk is currently running at the Lyric Hammersmith, here are some of the production photos:

Plug and Evelyn Greedly in Jack and the Beanstalk

Sean Kearns plays Plug and Angela Wynter plays Evelyn Greedly. You may recognise Angela Wynter from Eastenders – but I didn’t! She used to play Yolande Trueman. Obviously the stage make-up doesn’t help much, but even when I took her headshot in natural make-up, I didn’t spot her. The character must be about 15 years older than the actress, who unsurprisingly is far more glamorous in real life than on Eastenders. Needless to say the character of Evelyn Greedly is a long way away from an Eastender’s character, and Wynter played her excellently, full of energy and over-the-top menace. Sean kearns was excellent too, probably two of my favourite characters in the panto.

Martyn Ellis as Ms Wendy Windsor

Martyn Ellis is excellent as Ms Wendy Windsor, the pantomime dame. The Lyric Young Company actors make up the ensemble.

Javier Marzan

Javier Marzan plays El Especial who plays the cow. So to clear up any confusion, a male actor, plays a bull, who is pretending to be a female cow. Simple.

Tom Robertson

Tom Robertson plays Jack, seen holding one of his magic beans.

Natalie Best     Stuart Mackenzie     El Especial

Snails     The Pantomime Dame     Evelyn Greedly

To see more images double click on the thumbnail (and then double click again to see an even larger image). Included are pictures of Natalie Best, who is great as Jill, Jack’s love interest, and puppet snails, operated by the very talented Max Humphries.

The show has received a lot of press coverage and my photos have been in plenty of publications including Time Out and the Financial Times.

Jack in the Beanstalk is running until the 9th January, and I would definitely recommend it if you are after an energetic, fun, big family afternoon out.

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Jack and the Beanstalk Promo photographs

December 11th, 2009 by Helen

It’s panto time again, and this year I have been photographing Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Jack and the Beanstalk

L-R Tom Robertson, Angela Wynter, Martyn Ellis.  I usually take rehearsal and production photographs for theatres, but in this case the Lyric asked me to take some set up shots to send out to the press before the production shots were ready. These were taken in the Lyric Hammersmith, using the backdrop they selected, and with my studio lights.

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lyric Hammersmith

These photographs got lots of coverage and this one appeared in the Guardian Guide in their best panto section.

Jack and the Beanstalk Promo photographs

We didn’t just take photographs indoors, we also went outside the Lyric where there happened to be a market and I got lots of shots of the cast by the theatre and in the market itself. These photos were used in the press as well, including Time Out. Imagine a Friday afternoon in Hammersmith with a Dame and Jack – needless to say we caused quite a stir. Some people looked a little uncertain as the Dame cavorted round the area, bantering with the stall holders, but many took it in their stride. The stall holder at Wild Country Organics was particularly good and he played along offering the Dame some of his finest produce. Click on the centre thumbail to see a large image of the outcome.

Martyn Ellis    Oh what a lovely pair of… pumkins?    Angela Wynter

To see more of my theatre work please have a look at the Theatre section of my website.

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Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker

December 9th, 2009 by Helen

The Christmas season is upon us, but a lot of the preparation work is done months in advance. Back in October I was asked to photograph Sandi Toksvig for her Christmas Cracker in December. At the time the design team hadn’t confirmed the look of the posters so I had to photograph Sandi in a variety of poses and costumes so that the designers had a range of images to work with.

Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker

These posters are currently visible throughout London, particularly on the Tube. Ronnie Corbett wasn’t free when Sandi was so he had to be shot separately, unfortunately I didn’t get to photograph him as I was already booked that day. Below you can see the image I took.

Image of Sandi Toksvig taken for Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker at the Southbank Centre. Studio photography by Helen Maybanks

I photographed her using a white studio background that I hired and then set up in the Southbank Centre itself. Sandi was fantastic to work with, very enthusiastic and excellent fun. To see a few more of the images, please click on the thumbnails below. I particularly like Sandi’s elf shoes.

"Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker" photograph - Sandi Toksvig in a red suit and black top hat. Colour photograph of Sandi Toksvig wearing a green tail coat for 'Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker'. Studio photography by Helen Maybanks Photograph of the actress and comedienne Sandi Toksvig dressed as an elf for a promotional image for Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker

Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker runs from 15th December to the 24th and I’ve already booked my tickets, I would definitely recommend it.

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The Lion King celebrates 10 years

October 27th, 2009 by Helen

Last week I photographed the 10th Anniversary celebrations of Disney’s The Lion King. There was a star studded matinee performance of the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London and a number of celebrities and their families turned up for the event.

David and Samatha Cameron

Amongst the audience were Conservative leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha.

Gok Wabn

Gok Wan on the yellow carpet – yellow being The Lion King colour. I was photographing the event for Disney and I was allowed to roam the yellow carpet, so I was able to get great access to the celebs.

Greg Wise and family

Actor Greg Wise brought his children to see the show.

Adrian Lester

Actor Adrian Lester sported an appropriate scarf

Beverley Knight   Natasha Hamilton   Phil Spencer

To see a large image please double click on the thumbnail.

If you haven’t seen The Lion King then I would highly recommend it – with or without children it is a brilliant evening out.

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October 26th, 2009 by Helen

In the past couple of weeks I have had my photos of Comedians published in lots of media including the Independent, Telegraph and Time Out.

Comedians reviewed in The Daily Telegraph

A scan of the article in the Daily Telegraph with my photograph of Matthew Kelly

The Independent Newspaper review of Comedians

This is a scan of the review of Comedians at the Lyric Hammersmith featuring my photograph of Keith Allen.

Production photograph of Comedians featuring David Dawson

I have previously blogged about how I took the promotional and rehearsal photographs for Comedians, and I was asked to take the production photographs as well. Here David Dawson as Gethin Price interacts with some mannequins.

Reece Shearsmith and Mark Benton in Comedians

Reece Shearsmith as Phil Murray and Mark Benton as Ged Murray in Comedians

Kulvinder Ghir

Kulvinder Ghir as Mr Patel

Billy Carter   The cast of Comedians   David Dawson

Please click on the thumbnail to see a larger image. Comedians is on at the Lyric Hammersmith until the 14th November. Directed by Sean Holmes, Comedians has had some great reviews. I have seen it and thought it was excellent, superbly acted and a really interesting storyline – I would definitely recommend it.

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October 13th, 2009 by Helen

A few weeks ago I went to Horsham to photograph Cacophony at the Horsham Capitol Theatre.


The show is a combination of street dance, aerial circus and live percussion.


As a photographer I love the shapes and movement the dancers give to the performance – it makes it very exciting to photograph.


Cacophony is directed by Lucie Pankhurst and performed to an original score from London based composer Jem Panufnik.


Cacophony is touring across England and dates include York Grand Opera House on the 13th October, Carlisle Sands Centre on the 16th and Yeovil Octagon on the 30th October.

Backflip   The cast blow bottles   Trapeze

Poise   Height   Acrobatic

To see a larger image please click on the thumbnail above.

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The Comedians

October 1st, 2009 by Helen

My photographs are currently being used on an ad campaign on the tube

The Comedians

The poster for the new play Comedians, at Waterloo Station.

Flyer for Comedians

This is a scan of the flyer. As you can see the image is meant to look damaged and tatty, as if it was taken in the ’70s and left out with coffee stains all over it. I didn’t take all the photographs. Because of the actors’ different schedules there were 3 sessions and I took the photographs of Mark Benton, Keith Allen and Reece Shearsmith. I have also done the rehearsal photographs of the play:

Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly stars as Eddie Waters.

Keith Allen

Keith Allen

Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shearsmith with Mark Benton in the background

David Dawson

David Dawson plays Gethin Price

Mark Benton     Keith Allen and David Dawson     David Dawson

Please click on the thumb nail to see a larger image. Comedians, directed by Sean Holmes, opens at the Lyric Hammersmith on 7th October and runs until 14th November.

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Punk Rock

September 14th, 2009 by Helen

I took the production photographs for Punk Rock at the Lyric Hammersmith, here are some of the photographs:

Punk Rock at the Lyric Hammersmith

L-R  Sophie Wu, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Tom Sturridge

Jessica Raine and Tom Sturridge

Tom Sturridge playing William Carlisle and Jessica Raine as the object of his affections.

Henry Lloyd-Hughes

Lloyd-Hughes playing the bully Bennett

Nicolas Banks and Tom Sturridge

Nicolas Banks and Tom Sturridge

My photographs have been used in various media including Time Out and the Daily Express, and my photos have been used to illustrate a spoken review in The Telegraph. Here is an article from the Metro, click on the thumbnail to enlarge:

Metro review of Punk Rock

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Alan Cumming – I Bought a Blue Car Today

September 3rd, 2009 by Helen

This week I took the Production photographs for Alan Cumming’s new show I Bought a Blue Car Today at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Alan Cumming

This is not the first time I have photographed Alan Cumming, I took photographs of him in The Bacchae.

Alan Cumming and Lance Horne

Alan and musical director Lance Horne

Alan Cumming

I went to see the show, and really enjoyed the mixture of comedy and music. It is playing at the Vaudeville until the 6th September.

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Hello Dolly Bus Advertisement

August 9th, 2009 by Helen

Back in March of this year I photographed the promotional images for Hello Dolly at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. They are being used in a large advertising campaign across London, and are on buses and are up in the tube stations. This is the first time I have had one of my photos featured on a bus, so I got my camera and went down to Trafalgar Square to photograph one.

London Bus with Hello Dolly ad

This is the number 23 bus featuring my photograph for Hello Dolly.

Trafalgar Square        Hello Dolly ad on a London Bus

Please click on the thumbnails to see a closer image of the advert, or the bus in Trafalgar Square.

Hello Dolly Advert

This is the advert as it appears in many newspapers, magazines, and at various tube stations, including Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus.

Samantha Spiro

Here are a couple of the original photographs,  Samantha Spiro stars as Dolly

Samantha Spiro

I went to the theatre itself in Regent’s Park for the shoot. We used a white backdrop and this image was taken using my Canon 85mm F1.2 lens.

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