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Jay Brooks created the images for the poster and the press campaign for Zoonation’s madcap hip hop production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party opening soon at The Roundhouse.

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The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.

Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style.  Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.

 

Jay Brooks created the images for the poster and the press campaign for Zoonation’s madcap hip hop production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party opening soon at The Roundhouse.

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The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.

Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style.  Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.

ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.

 

Jay Brooks shot Lenny Henry in a gangster style for the forthcoming Donmar  Warehouse production of ‘The Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui’.

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Sir Lenny will play the eponymous Arturo in the play by Bertolt Brecht, a satire on the rise of Hitler set in the gangster world of 1930s Chicago where the dictator collides and coalesces with Al Capone.

With its savage critique of demagoguery and the corruption and manipulation of power it has a message for our times:

If we could learn to look instead of gawking,
We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,
If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.
This was the thing that nearly had us mastered;
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.

The National Theatre hired Jay Brooks to shoot these powerful black and white portraits of the key cast members of The Red Barn, the new play by David Hare.  Based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, the play is a tense psychological thriller set in a farmhouse in a frozen New England and the cast features Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) and Elizabeth Debicki who starred with Tom Hiddleston in ‘The Night Manager’.

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Jay Brooks was tasked with photographing the high energy cast of the Bugsy Malone revival at the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith.

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Set in 1920s New York, Bugsy Malone is not your typical gangster story because the musical’s cast is made up entirely of kids. Three sets of under-16s share the seven lead roles, accompanied by a 14-strong ensemble aged between 16 and 22 who perform every night. As you’d expect there are plenty of gangland shootings, but the youthful gangsters wield splurge guns, which shoot custard pie foam instead of bullets. During the shoot Jay was ‘lucky’ enough to experience this first hand, getting ‘pied’ by the cast.

Based on the film of the same name, Bugsy Malone follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs and a washed up yet well-meaning boxer named Bugsy Malone. It has been over 10 years since Bugsy Malone was seen on stage and so Lyric have focused on updating the show. For example, director Sean Holmes has decided to let the children sing their own songs. In the film, adult actors’ voices were dubbed over top.

“What’s interesting about the film is that it’s not cute or sentimental,” says Holmes. “It’s really witty and ironic. It values the energies of the kids and it doesn’t patronise them. It felt like the perfect fit for the Lyric.”

Nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Music Revival, Bugsy Malone is not to be missed. Closing on September 4th, there is not much time left to see the smash stage hit. Tickets are on sale now for both evening and matinee shows. Get in quick.

 

Pip photographed actor and fashion designer Sadie Frost for the Lynn Barber interview in The Sunday Times Magazine.

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The shoot took place at Wilton’s Music Hall in the east end of London where Sadie is rehearsing for a new play, Britten in Brooklyn, which opens at the end of August.

Here’s some of the feature by Lynn Barber. “The play actually sounds very interesting. It’s about a period from 1940 to 1941 when Benjamin Britten, WH Auden and Carson McCullers (author of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter) were all sharing a house in Brooklyn, along with the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Sadie, of course, plays Gypsy. “She’s a great character and has a very sparky wit. She’s known as a showgirl, but there’s this other side to her — she wrote a wonderful memoir and also wrote a bestselling novel during this time called The G-String Murders. But she probably felt a bit in Carson McCullers’s shadow, so there’s this very intense relationship between the two of them. Obviously, I’ve got to work on the accent.””

Read the full article here.

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Jay Brooks contributed the portrait of Rory Kinnear that forms the base of the ‘very Wiemar’ poster for the National Theatre’s new production of The Threepenny Opera.

The show’s website promises that it contains immoral behaviour and filthy language.  It follows the adventures of the evil MacHeath, Mack the Knife, played by Rory Kinnear, through the low life of 18th Century London.  Originally based on John Gay’s The Beggars Opera it was translated into German by Elizabeth Hauptmann, adapted for the German stage by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and now has been newly translated into English again by Simon Stephens for the NT.

The poster echos the photomontages created in the 1930s by the German dadaist and anti-Nazi campaigner John Heartfield.

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With the new series of Peaky Blinders about to launch, Ray Burmiston was commissioned to shoot Helen McCrory, one of its stars.

Peaky Blinders, for anyone who doesn’t know ( there may be some ), is an epic gangster drama set in 1920s Birmingham and Ms McCrory plays the part of Polly Grey, ‘Aunt Polly’, the second in command and eminence gris of the notorious crime family led by Tom Shelby (Cillian Murphy).  Her character is tough, ruthless and very sexy and has played a big part in the show’s huge success – this is series three – rooted in its combination of sex (again), violence, brilliantly atmospheric and smokey sets and ferocious hair cuts.  The show’s title refers to the practice amongst the Birmingham mobsters of the day of hiding razors in the peaks of their caps which they then used as weapons.

Helen McCrory’s other credits are legion with a vast amount of work in film, on TV and on the stage.  She has won several shelves full of awards and has appeared as Medea at the National, in Sam Mendes’ productions of ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Uncle Vanya’, as Cherie Blair, and as Malfoy’s mum in ‘Harry Potter’.  She had never appeared in the circus however before this photoshoot.

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Jay Brooks has photographed Javone Prince for The Suicide, the new production at the National Theatre.

Here’s how the NT describes the show.

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Things are getting tough for Sam. No job, benefits stopped and stuck in a tiny flat with his girlfriend Maya and her mum. The pressure is building. It feels like there might be only one way out.

But every ending is a beginning and there are plenty of people keen to capitalise on Sam’s momentous decision. From corrupt local politicians to kids trying to raise the number of views of their online videos, everyone wants a piece of Sam’s demise. It scarcely matters what Sam actually wants. Faced with the promise of immortality, what’s his life worth?

Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into urban London. It’s provocative and very funny, bringing live music and fast-paced humour to the Lyttelton.

Javone Prince (E4’s PhoneShop, BBC Two’s The Javone Prince Show, Statement of Regret at the NT) plays Sam.

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At the end of 2015 Scott Grummett was invited by Grey Goose vodka to shoot some brand new cocktails created for the BAFTA awards. The stars enjoyed this cocktail collection created by Grey Goose Master Mixologist Joe McCanta.

Try them at home, you can find the recipes here.

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For the second time in two months, Jay Brooks has photographed Matthew Perry.  This time it was for The Times, for its Saturday Magazine accompanying an interview with Matthew timed to coincide with the opening of his play ‘The End of Longing’ in the West End.

Matthew Perry is, of course best known for his role as Chandler Bing in‘Friends’, still the most successful TV sit com of all time with its huge audience figures and apparently eternal repeats.  120 episodes are aired each week in Britain alone.  His current project is more of a personal passion, he both wrote and stars in the play, he seems happy to be on a smaller stage and is philosophical about fame.

“I will never have the success I had when I was on Friends; that will never happen again. TV has changed so much that audiences will never be that big again. The Big Bang Theory is the number one sitcom; it gets half what Friends did.” He loves Alan Partridge, was a great fan of The Office and would “love to do something on British television. I am in a situation where I guess I don’t need to work, but I do need to work. I need to be doing something, but I am not interested in fame any more.”

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Jay Brooks shot the poster for the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses featuring its stars Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer and Dominic West.  The show opened in mid December but from January 28th it can be seen on the National Theatre’s Live service in a cinema near you.

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus) it is based on Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France which scandalised the world in 1782. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.  Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary.

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Matthew Perry, who starred as Chandler Bing in the legendary ‘Friends’, will be treading the boards of the West End in the new year in his self-penned play ‘The End of Longing’.  Jay Brooks, the go-to man to photograph Hollywood illuminati when they hit the London stage, took the picture.

‘The End of Longing’ opens at the The Playhouse Theatre in February 2016.

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Jay Brooks has created the image for the Lyric Theatre‘s new production ‘Tipping The Velvet‘ which brings Sarah Waters’ audacious bestselling novel to the stage in an electrifying new adaptation by playwright Laura Wade (Posh, Royal Court/West End), directed by Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica, Almeida/West End).

What’s it about?  Well, according to the Lyric website ‘It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler, a girl who wears trousers.

Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await.’

Intriguing – and we are also warned that the play contains scenes of a sexual nature.

A Lyric Hammersmith & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production ‘Tipping The Velvet’ opens on 18th September.

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Jay Brooks was commissioned by the Directors Guild of America’s Quarterly magazine to shoot Danny Boyle, the greatest British film maker of our time, for the cover of their Summer issue.

Boyle whose extraordinary list of achievements includes Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and the opening of the 2012 London Olympics gave a typically down to earth but brilliant interview to coincide with the photoshoot, covering the whole of his career from the first film he ever saw to his up-coming bio-pic of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Read the full interview here.

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Jay Brooks shot the rich and elegant portraits of the cast for the National Theatre‘s production of Three Days in the Country.  The play, based on Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, stars Mark Gatiss and John Sim and is adapted and directed by Patrick Marber, his first theatrical work for eight years.  It is produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions.

 

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Jay Brooks photographed Sir Ben Kingsley for Tatler‘s current issue.  Jay opted for a classical, painterly approach as befits a national treasure and grandee of both stage and screen like Sir Ben. However, he is both humble and self deprecating about his achievements even at this stage in his career saying ‘I still feel like an apprentice.’

A very private man, don’t expect him to take to Instagram any time soon, he is dismissive of social media in general, ‘because I broadcast myself so much as a performer, it’s important for me to get back to the private me. I am seen by a lot of people and that is my contribution. I don’t think my contribution is what I had for breakfast.’

Sir Ben can currently be seen being villainous in the movie Self/Less.

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Jay Brooks‘ work for the London theatre scene has dominated the walls of the Underground in the recent months, with his portraits of Martin Freeman in Trafalgar Transformed’s Richard III, and Richard Armitage the Old Vic’s The Crucible.

The posters have now been released for the second part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, East is East, starring Jane Horrocks and the play’s author, Ayub Khan Din in ‘a modern classic comedy about growing up in multicultural England.’


 

We recently posted some great shots from Jay’s shoot with Tamsin Greig, for Playhouse Theatre’s season of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, and now we can show you the finished product! Keep your eye out for this around.

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Next up for Jay – Urinetown!

 

 

Tamsin Greig for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Jay Brooks

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We have the first look at Tamsin Greig as Pepa Marcos in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdownopening in January 2015 at the Playhouse in London.

Jay Brooks worked with Tamsin and the play’s creative team to put together a series of fantastic images – more to come later.  Jay’s stunning first image has been featured by the Guardian, Vogue and The Stage.

More footage of the shoot, and Tamsin’s transformation, can be seen here. Tickets for the musical are on sale now, from the Playhouse Theatre’s website.

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‘I remember it as being one of the nicest photo shoots ever.  Richard Attenborough was a delightful man, he was concerned, warm, did everything we asked of him, told brilliant stories with casts of the ultra famous, charmed the pants off everyone concerned, called me darling and left after forty minutes in a haze of profuse apologies because he had to go to lunch.  I only met him once and not for long but it’s something I will always remember and be proud of.’  Paul Rider

Jay Brooks recently shot the cover of the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, featuring renowned actors Richard Wilson and Simon Callow.

Here are some of the outtakes!

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In their interview Callow and Wilson discuss Space Age, a futuristic story of pensioners sent into space to organise alternative living arrangements for mankind:

‘Set in a distant future in which earth is threatened by over-population, Space Age focuses on a radical solution, the sending of elderly volunteers – men and women who have no wish to live out their last years in nursing homes – to prepare new worlds for human settlement.’

Space Age will air on Sky Arts channel as part of it’s Playhouse Presents season.

 

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Double bill: Jay Brooks‘ photographs Martin Freeman and Jane Horrocks for this retro, comic-book style poster for the second season of Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed.

Never heard of it?

Curated by Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd, Trafalgar Transformed is a season of politically-charged, socially conscious theatre located in the iconic Trafalgar Studios on Whitehall. The season aims to thrill audiences while stimulating open debate and dialogue around the issues central to each play. Through pertinent programming and accessible pricing Trafalgar Transformed is also enabling the development of a new, more diverse audience and welcoming one and all to London’s West End.

Keep an eye out for more of Jay’s theatre work coming soon!

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Being a scoundrel never looked so good!

Jay Brooks had the pleasure of shooting actor Robert Lindsay and comedian Rufus Hound along with their co stars Katherine Kingsley, Samantha Bond, and John Marquez for the poster of the new hit West end musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which is an adaptation of the 1988 film starring Michael Cain and Steve Martin.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is currently showing at the Savoy Theatre

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Continuing his work with The Old Vic, Jay Brooks shot the theatre’s Artistic Director –  Kevin Spacey as he prepares to take the stage himself in the one-man play Clarence Darrow.

Previews of Clarence Darrow begin on 28 May

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In his first feature with Tatler UK, Jay Brooks worked with renowned body painter Emma Cammack for their “Lose Yourself” article in this month’s issue.

The piece focuses on the rising trend of “immersive entertainment” –  interviewing founder of Secret Cinema Fabien Riggall, The Templeton family who started the extraordinary Shuttlecock Inc, and co-directors Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle from Punchdrunk, which has achieved cult status among theatre goers.

– The March Issue is OUT NOW

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Jay Brooks’ talents were called upon to shoot the promotional poster for the hotly anticipated West End musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opens March 2014 at the Savoy Theatre  / Tickets on sale now

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Jay Brooks shot the triple-Tony award winning actor Frank Langella, who’s current theatre endeavour is starring in William Shakespeare’s King Lear which is currently showing at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Langella, who is probably best known for his stage and screen appearances as Dracula in the late 1970s and as Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, is one of Hollywood and American theatre’s most respected actors.

 

 

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Jay Brooks delivers another great poster for The Old Vic. He captures a jubilant moment between thespian heavyweights, Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones for the poster of their upcoming play Much Ado About Nothing.

Show dates  7th Sept – 30th Nov

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Jay Brooks produces another great poster – this time, it’s for Olivier Award-winning play The Pride – starring Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey), Hayley Atwell (Captain America), Hadden-Paton (Posh) and Al Weaver (Hamlet)

The Pride will be showing from August 8 – November 9 at Trafalgar Studios

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The latest theatre posters featuring Jay Brooks photography are out, this time for The Hot House currently showing at The Trafalgar StudiosHarold Pinter’s tragicomedy returns to London’s West End in this new production directed by Jamie Lloyd, following his critically acclaimed and sold out Macbeth.

Starring in the latest adaptation of Pinter’s 1958 play are Simon Russell Beale and John Simm and it has opened to rave reviews so don’t miss out.

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Young, sexy and blood thirsty…we are delighted to show off these actors’ portraits photographed by Pip.

Working alongside CLD Communications, Pip shot LA based Charlie Bewley and London girl Annabel Scholey – both best known for their enthralling Vampire roles across the pond and here.

After playing Demetri in The Twlight Saga, Charlie is now set for his first lead role in brutal viking series ‘Hammer of the Gods’ , while Annabel has gone from a vampire in BBC’s ‘Being Human’ to starring in         Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ with Kevin Spacey.

Keep your eyes on these two, we think you’ll be seeing a lot more of them soon.

Check out more of Pip’s portraits here.