The latest London revival of David Mamet’s contemporary classic double-dealing real-estate drama GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS heads into its final week at the Playhouse Theatre. Playing Shelley ‘the machine’ (more accurately ‘has-been’) Levine is distinguished Irish actor Stanley Townsend opposite Christian Slater.
Having just played an American in the Minnesota-set GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at the Old Vic, before its transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre, Stanley was already vocally primed for the Chicago-based GLENGARRY when it opened last October.
Richard Jordan in his opinion piece for The Stage wrote, “when the Olivier nominations are announced in March I very much hope to see Stanley Townsend among the nominees… (who) gives a superb performance as Shelley Levine, the beaten-down salesman, clinging on to his job in a toxic workplace.”
Stanley signed my sketch for me a few weeks ago at the stage door after I was fortunate enough to see a Saturday matinee performance.
The Nether – the future term for the internet, offers complete freedom – a new virtual wonderland providing total sensory immersion in a dystopian future. Los Angeles based dramatist Jennifer Haley’s award-winning play, directed by Jeremy Herrin, transferred to London’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited 12 week run after a sold out season at The Royal Court. Charles Spencer wrote his review for the Telegraph, “Stanley Townsend is memorably sinister and devious as the owner of the site… in this haunting and highly original modern fairy tale.”
Award winning Irish actor Stanley Townsend plays Sims, who in the guise of Poppa creates The Hideaway where “guests” can do unspeakable things to a 12 year old avatar named Iris. His acting credits include Whistle Blower, Heartbeat, Jonathan Creek, Ballykissangel, A Touch of Frost, The Bill, Ashes to Ashes and Ripper Street for TV and films In the Name of The Father, Happy Go Lucky and Killing Bono.
Included in The Nether’s four Olivier Award nominations was a Supporting Actress recognition for the four ‘young Iris’s’ – Isabella Pappas, Jaime Adler, Perdita Hibbins, Zoe Brough. Zoe left the production to take up her role as Blousey Brown in Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith, but I met the other three at the theatre where they along with Stanley signed my sketch.