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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Production Photographs

July 4th, 2013 by Helen

Douglas Hodge in front of the factory gates

I took the Production Photographs for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Here are a few of the images that have been used in the press recently.

Jack Costello holding his Golden Ticket

There are four young actors playing the lead role of Charlie Bucket. Jack Costello is one of them, here holding his winning Golden Ticket.

Ellie Simmons as Veruca Salt, Clive Carter as Mr Salt and Kate Graham as Cherry

Ellie Simmons as Veruca Salt, Clive Carter as Mr Salt and Kate Graham as Cherry.

Douglas Hodge makes his grand entrance as Willy Wonka

The whole show is amazing and it has had some great reviews, I thoroughly recommend it. There are too many excellent performances to mention, but Douglas Hodge is exceptional as Willy Wonka and the children are spot on. The set and costumes were designed by Mark Thompson and it is visually stunning. These photographs have been featured in a wide range of press from the Financial Times, to the Guardian, the BBC and the New York Times.

Mya Olaye as Violet and Tom Klenerman as Charlie

Mya Olaye as Violet Beauregarde and Tom Klenerman as Charlie Bucket

Clive Carter, Nigel Planer, Iris Roberts, Ellie Simons, Jack Costello, Douglas Hodge, Jay Heyman

The entrance of Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka Kate Graham as Cherry, Harrison Slater as Augustus Gloop and Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop Charlie Bucket with his Golden Ticket

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The cast react to Violet Beauregarde's explosion

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Nell and Guy’s wedding

June 10th, 2013 by Helen

Nell and Guy in Richmond Park on their wedding day

Last weekend I was in Richmond for the wedding of Nell and Guy.

Nell and Guy's wedding ceremony at Ham Polo Club, Richmond

The couple were married at Ham Polo Club.

 

Nell laughs during the wedding ceremony at Ham Polo Club

The wedding guests photographing the signing of the register Penguin book themed Order of Service for Nell and Guy Nell arrives and is given a hug by her groom

Nell’s sister Miranda is a graphic designer and did the very cool ‘Penguin Classics’ themed order of service as well as baked the wedding cupcakes. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

The bridesmaids wipe away their tears during the wedding ceremony

Nell beams as she signs the register

Nell looked radiant as she signed the register with her new husband Guy by her side.

The guests throw confetti on the bride and groom

Confetti as the bride and groom walk up the aisle. Hannah looked beautiful in her dress by Tobi Hannah.

A portrait of the bride and groom in Richmond Park on their wedding day

We travelled 4 minutes up the road to Richmond Park for some photographs. It turned out to be a great day for a wedding, warm and sunny, the bride looked beautiful and they both looked so happy.

Nell and Guy on their wedding day overlooking Richmond Park

The clubhouse of Ham Polo Club

Guy makes his speech after the wedding breakfast

Guy made a lovely speech about Nell. There were some excellent speeches, with a very funny best man’s speech by Alex, a warm and heartfelt father of the bride speech and a great speech by Nell about how she met Guy. Demonstrating there is no shortage of graphic design talent on Guy’s side of the family as well, his cousin Caroline did the brilliant table plan.

Guests enjoying the speeches at Guy and Nell's wedding The wedding seating plan Guy's mum Lydia laughs during the speeches

Nell and her parents, David and Mary enjoy the speeches Peter, the groom's father, smiles during the speeches at Ham Polo Club in Richmond Guy listens to his wife's speech after the wedding breakfast

Nell, Guy and David laugh at the Best Man's speech

Baby Imogen enjoying her aunt and uncle's wedding day

The couple’s niece Imogen enjoying the wedding reception.

Guy's mother shares a moment with Nell's grandmother Paddy Wedding cup cakes The best man's speech

The first dance at Ham Polo Club

Nell and Guy performed one of the best first dances I have ever seen – they were fantastic. The song was Burning Love by Elvis Presley and they had gone to Izabela Dance to have lessons and choreography.

The wedding of Nell and Guy - their first dance Dancing during the wedding reception of Nell and Guy at Ham Polo Club Dancing at the Ham Polo Club

A kiss in Richmond Park

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory rehearsals

May 17th, 2013 by Helen

Nigel Planer and Roni Page as Grampa Joe and Grandma Josephine

The last few months I have been busy working on the new West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. With some productions I am in and out, taking rehearsal and production photographs in an afternoon or evening, but every so often I get to properly immerse myself in a show. This has been the case with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, who asked me to come in from the very beginning to cover the first rehearsal, and a good number of rehearsals subsequently. With any production there is a careful distribution of images, many photographs aren’t released until after the show opens in case it gives too much of the plot away for example. Here are a few images that have been published, they have been used in the Guardian, Times and Evening Standard, and in the coming months I will be able to blog more.

Sam Mendes directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The show is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. Please click on the the thumbnails to see larger images.

The ensemble for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory A black and white photo of Doug Hodge rehearsing Marc Shaiman and Doug Hodge laugh during rehearsals

I was also asked to go behind the scenes and photograph the building of the set at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. It is fascinating to go into the theatre as a set is being built – the sheer scale of the production is huge and seeing it all being put together is fascinating. Plus I got to wear a hard hat, and climb high ladders, which always adds a bit of excitement to a cold grey morning. As the production photographer I have to admit to bias, however I can honestly say it looks fantastic – the stage is amazing, the choreography is inventive and the cast are excellent. The show opens next week and I would recommend you buy tickets now before they sell out.

The set of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory being built at Drury Lane

Part of the set of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Adjusting a big pipe for the set of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Welding together the theatre set

 

 

 

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Burn the Floor

April 15th, 2013 by Helen

Robbie Kmetoni and other male ensemble dancers

I was asked to provide rehearsal, backstage and production photography for Burn the Floor last month, and here is a small selection of the images I took.

Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff at Pineapple Studios

I started at Pineapple Studios where the cast were rehearsing. Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor are the lead dancers of Burn the Floor and needless to say they looked fantastic going through their moves.

Jemma Armstrong and Santo Costa

Jemma Armstrong and Santo Costa. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

A black and white photo of Karen Hauer rehearsing at Pineapple Studios Rehearsing Burn the Floor at Pineapple Studios Santo Costa rehearsing Burn the Floor

Two dancers leap across the stage during Burn the Floor rehearsals

As well as going to the rehearsal rooms I was also asked to shoot the cast once they got into the Shaftesbury Theatre. Shooting on stage when it isn’t a dress rehearsal has it’s own sets of problems. They were teching the lights, so one moment you would have fantastic stage lighting and the next there would be virtually nothing. But on the plus side you get to see the show unfold in a way that usually isn’t possible in the rehearsal room. I also love the greater access you have than on a dress rehearsal. Here I was stationed in the wings which allowed me to get an angle the audience doesn’t get to see.

Cast members warming up during the rehearsals for 'Burn the Floor' The director of the Show, Jason Gilkison Kevin Clifton holds dance partner Karen Hauer

The show is directed by Jason Gilkison and also stars the lovely Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton

Rehearsals for Burn the Floor, on stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Robin Windsor puts on some make-up before going on stage

I nipped into the dressing rooms before the opening night, and found the remarkably relaxed Robin and Kristina getting ready for the show. I was impressed by just how friendly and down to earth the entire cast were, everyone went out of their way to be helpful and welcoming. If you enjoy Strictly Come Dancing then you will LOVE Burn the Floor. It is a really great night out, with lots of spectacular dancing.

Kristina Rihanoff applies the finishing touches to her make-up

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Mikhailovsky Ballet: Laurencia

April 9th, 2013 by Helen

Natalia Osipova in Laurencia by The Mikhailovsky Ballet

Last week I photographed The Mikhailovsky Ballet performing Laurencia at the London Coliseum.

Olga Semyonova, Andrey Kasyanenko and Alexander Omar in Laurencia

Olga Semyonova, Andrey Kasyanenko and Alexander Omar dance the flamenco with the ensemble.

Natalia Osipova as Laurencia and Ivan Vasiliev as Frondoso

Natalia Osipova was fantastic as the eponymous heroine Laurencia and Frondoso was played by the dynamic Ivan Vasiliev.

Natalia Osipova as Laurencia and Ivan Vasiliev as Frondoso

Ivan Vasiliev as Frondoso Ivan Vailiev as Frondoso and Mikhail Venshchikov as Don Fernan Gomez de Guzman Ballet star Natalia Osipova

Ivan Vasiliev sails through the air as Frondoso Natalia Osipova in Laurencia An emotional moment for Laurencia surrounded by the villagers Mikhail Venshchikov as Don Fernan Gomez de Guzman

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Laurencia by the Mikhailovsky Ballet at the London Coliseum

Ivan Vasiliev as Frondoso

Natalia Osipova with right arm aloft in the final moments of the ballet

The Mikhailovsky Ballet were in London until the 7th April performing several different works. These photos were used on the Ballet News website where you can read a review of the show. To see more of my images please take a look at the dance photography section of my website.

 

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Exhibition at The Base

March 20th, 2013 by Helen

The Base in London

I currently have my photographs exhibited at The Base training space near Old Street in London. The venue has an area where they showcase different artist’s work throughout the year, and mine is there until May. Maynard Leigh, the training company who own the space were the first training and development company to bring theatre skills and actor expertise to the corporate training world, so they asked me to display some of my theatre production, rehearsal and portrait work.

Framed theatre photography at The Base

 

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Open auditions for A Chorus Line

March 7th, 2013 by Helen

Dancers being put through their paces for the open auditions for A Chorus Line in London

A Chorus Line has recently opened in London to great reviews so I thought I would blog a few of my images from October. The production held open auditions for the cast and around a thousand people queued up for an opportunity to join the cast.

A black and white photo of dancers warming up at the London Palladium

The queue for the open auditions of A Chorus Line A dancer hugs her friend when she hears she has got through to the next round Looking out into the auditorium at the London Palladium

Click on the thumbnails to see larger images. It was a two-day audition process. I was just there for the first day, but was able to get on stage and get behind the scenes to capture the whole process. Auditions are by definition pretty brutal experiences – especially if there are a thousand of you applying for a few places, but the team, led by original cast member Baayork Lee did their best to lessen the impact. I went to see the show last week and thought it was excellent, the cast were brilliant and it was a great night out.

Dancers on stage at the London Palladium auditioning for 'A Chorus Line'

 

 

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God’s Property promotional images

February 19th, 2013 by Helen

God's Property: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ash-Hunter, Ria-Zmitrowicz, Bradley Gardner

Here are a few images from a recent promotional shoot I did for Arinze Kene’s new play God’s Property, a Talawa, Soho Theatre and The Albany co-production.

The cast of God's Property in front of a wall

It was an absolutely freezing afternoon in East London – I was wearing a thick coat and I was cold. Poor Kingsley in his t-shirt and Bradley in his boxers were suffering. Being the professionals they are of course, they were enthusiastic throughout.

A portrait of Ash Hunter as Onochie

Ash Hunter plays Onochie

A portrait of Kingsley Ben-Adir as Chima  A portrait of Bradley Gardner who plays Liam  A portrait of Ria Zmitrowicz who plays Holly

Kingsley Ben-Adir plays Chima, Bradley Gardner is Liam and Ria Zmitrowicz is Holly.

The cast of God's Property in front of some corrugated iron in East London

The play opens at The Albany on the 20th February and will be transferring to Soho Theatre from the 26th February to the 23rd March. I’m taking the production photographs this week, and am looking forward to it.

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Clockwork Orange at the Soho Theatre

January 8th, 2013 by Helen

Promotional poster for A Clockwork Orange at the Soho Theatre

I was pretty busy in the Autumn and didn’t have time to blog as much as I would have liked, so here are some images I took back in September. Soho Theatre asked me to take photographs of the cast of A Clockwork Orange for the show poster and for general PR and marketing purposes.

Martin McCreadie holds a glass of milk in a promotional image for the Soho Theatre

I started by taking taking some studio images of Martin McCreadie who played Alexander DeLarge

Martin McCreadie as Alexander DeLarge Portrait of Martin McCreadie as Alexander DeLarge Martin McCreadie, star of 'A Clockwork Orange Martin McCreadie as Alexander DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange by Glynis Henderson Productions and Soho Theatre

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Neil Chinneck, Will Stokes, Stephen Spencer, Martin McCreadie, Philip Honeywell, Simon Cotton - A Clockwork Orange

More cast members joined us to take some outdoor images. We used the back streets near the Soho Theatre – always useful for creating a seedy and run down look.

Portrait of Martin McCreadie in Soho

A portrait of the actor Martin McCreadie Neil Chinneck, Will Stokes, Stephen Spencer, Martin McCreadie, Philip Honeywell, Simon Cotton – A Clockwork Orange at Soho Theatre

The entire cast were lovely to work with – very charming and relaxed whilst parading about Soho in vests and braces. Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the show got some great reviews.

 

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree With Shrek the Musical

December 15th, 2012 by Helen

Dean Chisnall as Shrek

Christmas is always a great time to visit with old friends. It certainly felt that way when I stopped in to do another photoshoot for ‘Shrek the Musical’. I was asked to capture more behind the scene photos while they filmed their music video of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” in support of the charity Crisis.

Carley Stenson as Princess Fiona and Dean Chisnall as Shrek

Dean Chisnall (Shrek) is clearly working the Christmas Magic with Carley Stenson (Princess Fiona) under the mistletoe.

Actor Richard Blackwood performing as Donkey Ashley Russell and Bradley Jaden perform as Mama and Papa Bear Carley Stenson as Princess Fiona and Dean Chisnall as Shrek

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Actor Neil McDermott performing as Lord Farquaad

Not all grinches are green proven by Neil McDermott performing as the colourful Lord Farquaad.

Ste Clough, Aaron Lee Lambert and Lee William-David as the Three Little Pigs

The sweet sound of “three pork harmony” provided by Ste Clough, Aaron Lee Lambert & Lee William-Davis.

Actor Joseph Prouse performing as Pinnochio The clapper board Actress Alice Fearn performing as Gingy

Joseph Prouse smashes the recording studio window

In true rock and roll style Pinocchio throws his suitcase through the glass window of the recording studio. There was only one pane of “sugar glass” so both the camera man and I had to make sure we got the shot. It is disconcerting to say the least, to have stay still and keep snapping as you are being covered by shards of window. Of course the “glass” could do no damage to me, but it makes a loud noise.

The video was filmed in the Ballet Room within the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where Shrek continues its highly successful run. Click below to see the music video:

 

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