July 10th, 2015 by Helen
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.
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.
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.
June 11th, 2015 by Helen
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.
Director Michael Longhurst talking with the actors during rehearsals.
June 1st, 2015 by Helen
Recently I photographed Fuel’s The Spalding Suite in Manchester.
Jason York, KM Drew Boateng, Marcquelle Ward, Emmanuel Akwafo, George Bray and MC Zani performing in the production.
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.
May 23rd, 2015 by Helen
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.
April 23rd, 2015 by Helen
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
Colin Ryan as Giacopo and Matthew Kelly as Mauruccio
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
Beth Cordingly as Fiormonda in Love’s Sacrifice
One of my images of Matthew Needham was used in the promotional poster by the RSC.
April 21st, 2015 by Helen
Recently I photographed the wedding of Tim and Laurie at 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 couple looked fantastic in their Charles Tyrwhitt morning suits.
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 signing of the register.
The grounds of Chaffeymoor Grange were a beautiful backdrop for some portrait photography of the newly married couple.
During the reception some of the guests played croquet.
The Oak Room set for dinner.
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.
Cutting the cake – two very stylish top hat cakes – in fitting with the grooms’ attire.
The couple’s first dance was Single Ladies by Beyonce – they had learnt a routine which they pulled off with aplomb.
April 6th, 2015 by Helen
Last weekend I photographed 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 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.
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.
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.
March 6th, 2015 by Helen
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.
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.
February 24th, 2015 by Helen
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.
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.
February 18th, 2015 by Helen
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
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.