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The Mentalists

July 10th, 2015 by Helen

Stephan Merchant in The Mentalists

Last week I took the production photographs for the West End production of The Mentalists at the Wyndham’s Theatre. It stars Stephen Merchant as Ted and Steffan Rhodri as Morrie – both of whom were excellent. The play has very funny moments, and very dark moments and I would recommend it.

Steffan Rhodri in The Mentalists ©2015 Helen Maybanks

Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri

Steffan Rhodri as Morrie

Stephan Merchant as Ted in The Mentalists

Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri rehearsing The Mentalists

I also took rehearsal photographs, which I love, not only do I get to take photographs of actors in a natural and relaxed state, I also see the rehearsal process unfold. It was fascinating hearing the actors talk so articulately about the show and what they can bring to their characters. Director Abbey Wright guided Stephen through his transition to stage – this was his theatre debut – and hearing them discuss the difference between acting on stage and screen was illuminating.

A black and white photo of Steffan Rhodri rehearsing The Mentalists

Stephan Merchant talks into the telephone during rehearsals

Two posters for The Mentalists

I also took the promotional photos of Stephen Merchant back in March. Steffan was photographed separately but due to scheduling issues I photographed Stephen in the Umbrella Rooms in London. Stephen was shot in character as Ted and you can see the finished posters above. Below is a few outtakes of the shoot – Stephen is just as funny in real life and it was a very pleasurable shoot.

Stephen Merchant on a grey background

 

 

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Constellations

June 11th, 2015 by Helen

Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey in the UK tour of Constellations

Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey in Constellations

I recently took the rehearsal and production photographs of  the UK tour of Constellations. The play has received fantastic reviews – Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey play Roland and Marianne, and they are brilliant.

Joe Armstrong tries to lick his elbow in Constellations

Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey as Roland and Marianne

Louise Brealey and Joe Armstrong dance

Louise Brealey and Joe Armstrong rehearsing Constellations

Michael Longhurst directing Constellations

Director Michael Longhurst talking with the actors during rehearsals.

A black and white photo of Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey rehearsing Constellations

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The Spalding Suite

June 1st, 2015 by Helen

The Spalding Suite ©2015 Helen Maybanks

Recently I photographed Fuel’s The Spalding Suite in Manchester.

The Spalding Suite ©2015 Helen Maybanks

Jason York, KM Drew Boateng, Marcquelle Ward, Emmanuel Akwafo, George Bray and MC Zani performing in the production.

Jason York; KM Drew Boateng and Emmanuel Akwafo in The Spalding Suite

Marcquelle Ward & Emmanuel Akwafo in The Spalding Suite

The Spalding Suite ©2015 Helen Maybanks

Directed by Benji Reid, it is a fantastic show and difficult to describe, it is part poetry, part dance and movement, with excellent beatboxing from MC Zani.

Marcquelle Ward; Emmanuel Akwafo and Jason York in The Spalding Suite

Marcquelle Ward in The Spalding Suite ©2015 Helen Maybanks

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The Elephant Man

May 23rd, 2015 by Helen

Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola

I was recently asked to photograph the rehearsals of The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. The show transferred from Broadway and the company had a brief rehearsal period before opening in London. The show has received excellent reviews and runs in London until 8th August.

Bradley Cooper,  Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola

Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson rehearsing

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Love’s Sacrifice

April 23rd, 2015 by Helen

Love's Sacrifice by the RSC

Matthew Needham as Duke of Pavy and Beth Cordingly as Fiormonda

I have been working on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Love’s Sacrifice. In February I took the rehearsal photographs in London, and in the last couple of weeks I have been up to the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for the production images. The set looks fantastic, designer Anna Fleischle, has done a beautiful job with high, glowing arches and video projection creating something dark and otherworldly. Matthew Dunster‘s production has received great reviews with some excellent performances from the talented cast. My photos have appeared across much of the press including the The Guardian, the The Telegraph and the Financial Times.

Marcus Griffiths as Roseilli in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production.

Marcus Griffiths as Roseilli

Colin Ryan as Giacopo and Matthew Kelly as Mauruccio

Colin Ryan as Giacopo and Matthew Kelly as Mauruccio

Jamie Thomas King as Fernando in Love's Sacrifice

Catrin Stewart as Bianca, Matthew Needham as Duke of Pavy and Jamie Thomas King as Fernando

Catrin Stewart as Bianca, Matthew Needham as Duke of Pavy and Jamie Thomas King as Fernando

Jonathan McGuinness as D'Avolos in the RSC's Love's Sacrifice

Jonathan McGuinness as D’Avolos in the RSC’s Love’s Sacrifice

Catrin Stewart as Bianca and Matthew Needham as the Duke of Pavy

Beth Cordingly as Fiormonda in Love's Sacrifice

Beth Cordingly as Fiormonda in Love’s Sacrifice

Love's Sacrifice poster featuring the photography of Helen Maybanks

 

One of my images of Matthew Needham was used in the promotional poster by the RSC.

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Laurie and Tim

April 21st, 2015 by Helen

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

Recently I photographed the wedding of Tim and Laurie at Chaffeymoor Grange in Dorset.

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

Chaffeymoor Grange in Dorset

Chaffeymoor Grange originally dates from the 17th Century and was a beautiful place for the celebrations, especially with the lovely weather.

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The couple looked fantastic in their Charles Tyrwhitt morning suits.

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The wedding ceremony of Laurie and Tim

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The couple were married in the Oak Room of Chaffeymoor Grange. Friends and family had flown in from across the world to be there and it was an emotional ceremony with poems, slideshows and music. To see larger images please click on the thumbnails.

The wedding ceremony of Laurie and Tim

Shedding an emotional tear at the wedding

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

Tim signing the register with Laurie by his side.

The signing of the register.

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The flower girls at the wedding of Tim and Laurie

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A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

The grounds of Chaffeymoor Grange were a beautiful backdrop for some portrait photography of the newly married couple.

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

A portrait of Laurie and Tim on their wedding day

Croquet on the lawn

During the reception some of the guests played croquet.

The Oak Room at Chaffeymoor Grange

The Oak Room set for dinner.

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

During dinner there were some heartfelt and hilarious speeches made by the couple and some of the guests, and a lovely video featuring best wishes from friends and family.

Top hats and white gloves

The wedding of Tim and Laurie

The couple enjoying the wedding speeches

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The wedding of Tim and Laurie

Cutting the cake – two very stylish top hat cakes – in fitting with the grooms’ attire.

Tim and Laurie's first dance to Single Ladies by Beyonce

The couple’s first dance was Single Ladies by Beyonce – they had learnt a routine which they pulled off with aplomb.

Tim and Laurie's first dance to Single Ladies by Beyonce

A portrait of Laurie and Tim in front of Chaffeymoor Grange

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Roddy and Zoli

April 6th, 2015 by Helen

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

Last weekend I photographed the wedding of Roddy and Zoli.

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The couple were married at Burgh House in Hampstead which is a beautiful listed building and museum, originally built in 1704.

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The grooms' button holes

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The couple exchanged stylish rings with a dragon hallmark, to show they contain Welsh gold. At the end of the wedding the registrar accidentally introduced the Zoli and Roddy as ‘Husband and Wife’ much to the hilarity of the couple and their guests – it was a very entertaining end to a beautiful and warm ceremony. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli Zoli's wedding ring with Welsh Hallmark The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

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The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

After the wedding the couple and their guests walked to the Holly Bush pub in Hampstead where Chef Pascal created a delicious lunch for the party. They both looked stylish, relaxed and happy in their Ted Baker jackets.

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The wedding of Roddy and Zoli The wedding of Roddy and Zoli The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

There were some lovely speeches. Roddy is a Rabbi and an excellent public speaker, afterwards the couple broke a glass together to reflect Roddy’s faith.

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The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

The wedding of Roddy and Zoli

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Fireworks at the Royal Court

March 6th, 2015 by Helen

Fireworks at the Royal Court

I recently took the production photographs of Fireworks at the Royal Court. It was written by Dalia Taha and directed by Richard Twyman. Above, Saleh Bakri stars as Khalid with Shakira Riddel-Morales playing Khalid’s daughter Lubna.

Shereen Martin as Samar in Fireworks

Yusuf Hofri as Khalil in Fireworks at the Royal Court

Sirine Saba and Saleh Bakri in Fireworks at the Royal Court

Fireworks at the Royal Court

Yusuf Hofri as Khalil in Fireworks at the Royal Court

The play is about the effects war has on children and families and it was a powerful production, with some excellent performances from the cast. It has received some very good reviews, and runs until the 14th March.

Sirine Saba and Saleh Bakri

Shereen Martin and Nabil Elouahabi in Fireworks

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The Life and Times of Fanny Hill

February 24th, 2015 by Helen

Caroline Quentin as Fanny Hill

Earlier this month I was at the Bristol Old Vic to shoot production images for The Life and Times of Fanny Hill starring Caroline Quentin and directed by Michael Oakley.

Gwyneth Keyworth as Swallow

The full cast of  The Life and Times of Fanny Hill at Bristol Old Vic

Gwyneth Keyworth as Swallow and Phoebe Thomas as Louisa

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The production is fantastic and has received excellent reviews. The original book written in 1748 was banned for obscenity for over 200 years, and the play, whilst not explicit is not for the faint hearted. The first half is a bawdy romp, whilst the second half takes a darker turn examining the fall out of prostitution and poverty. Caroline Quentin is superb, her comic timing is impeccable and she is ably supported by the rest of the cast, in particular Gwyneth Keyworth and Phoebe Thomas. The play runs until 7th March and I would thoroughly recommend it.

Nick Barber as Dingle and Caroline Quentin as Fanny Hill

Phoebe Thomas as Louisa

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84 Charing Cross Road

February 18th, 2015 by Helen

Janie Dee as Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road

A couple of weeks ago I photographed 84 Charing Cross Road at the Salisbury Playhouse. It stars Janie Dee as Helene Hanff and Clive Francis as Frank Doel in the true story of the correspondence between New York journalist Helene and British bookseller Frank.

Alice Haig, Samuel Townsend, Lysette Anthony, Ted Merwood and Clive Francis

Alice Haig, Samuel Townsend, Lysette Anthony, Ted Merwood and Clive Francis

Alice Haig as Cecily Farr in 84 Charing Cross Road

 Clive Francis as Frank Doel in 84 Charing Cross Road

Janie Dee as Helene Hanff and Clive Francis as Frank Doel Clive Francis as Frank Doel Alice Haig, Samuel Towsend and Lysette Anthony

84 Charing Cross Road is a lovely play, it originally premiered at Salisbury in 1981 before becoming a West End and Broadway hit. Original writer and director James Roose-Evans returned to the Playhouse to put on this production, and it has received some great reviews, with Janie Dee and Clive Francis excellent as the two leads. It runs until 28th February and I would thoroughly recommend it if you are in the area.

Janie Dee as Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road

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