Theatre Production Photography

Reading of extracts from Hamlet peformed by Timothy and Samuel West

On the same evening of Janet Suzman's talk last year in the Lecture Theatre at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, father and son acting duo, Samuel and Timothy West performed scenes from Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Read More...

Behind the scenes at A Midsummer Night's Dream

At the end of March the Haymarket Academy put on a production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's west end. Directed by Dan Herd and performed by the Haymarket's youth company, these are a few of the photos that were taken behind the scenes just before the show went on of the cast getting ready for their performance.

©2011 Stuart Allen. All rights reserved.

©2011 Stuart Allen. All rights reserved.

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.

©2010 Stuart Allen. All Rights Reserved

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.

©2010 Stuart Allen. All rights reserved


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.

©2009 Stuart Allen. All rights reserved

©2009 Stuart Allen. All rights reserved

Robert Addie and Hamlet

A while ago Magdalena Sakowska from Addie's Faction (a Robert Addie website fan club) asked me to write something for the 5th anniversary of Robert addie's passing. At the time I could not think of what to write but then talked to Magdalena later and suggested writing something about the day before Rob's first play as a director opened which was Friday March 7th 2003. Yesterday I got a timely reminder from Magdalena that today was Rob's 50th Birthday.

© Stuart Allen

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...

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).

Christopher Tajah (Steve)
©2009 Stuart Allen

Lloyd Morris (Plod), Al Gregg (Dan), David Marx (John), David Marx (John), Matthew Ward (Rob)
©2009 Stuart Allen

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.

©2009 Stuart Allen

©2009 Stuart Allen

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.

©2009 Stuart Allen

©2009 Stuart Allen

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.
©2009 Stuart Allen

©2009 Stuart Allen

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.

©2009 Stuart Allen

©2009 Stuart Allen

"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

©2008 Stuart Allen