Reviews/Photos from ‘Above the Stag’ Production of ‘The Bus’ in London, UK

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October 26, 2014  Congratulations to director Robert McWhir, producer Peter Bull and the talented cast and crew of The Bus at Above the Stag Theatre in London UK!

Since 2011′s productions in New York City and Kansas, The Bus has been produced in San Francisco and in Cape Town, South Africa. I spent about three months revising the script with a completely different ending – a big thank you Shepherd Lantz for his help editing – and now the revised play is now getting some help at ‘Above the Stag’ in London.

REVIEWS:

“This is a fascinating play, full of surprises, that here gets an excellent production for its British première.” British Theatre Guide

(**** Four Stars) “The cast of The Bus gave a moving performance and deftly portrayed the bonds between the characters. … Lantz has created characters that are realistic and all too human, not caricatures and stereotypes. Plays To See

“It’s not often that an evening out can leave you feeling uplifted and motivated. But when I left Arch 17 in Vauxhall last night, that’s exactly how I felt.”  SceneOne

“James Lantz has a first rate story to tell and surprises to spring in what is an exceedingly well written play … red herrings are laid, and the plot does not go where one expects. The playing is universally good.”  Reviews Gate

“Lantz’s richly textured script and fragmented structure capture the spirit of the parochial South, dominated by its local church. … Central to the success of this play is the delicate and disarming chemistry between actors William Ross-Fawcett as “Ian” and Kane John Scott as “Jordan”, the teenagers who meet secretly in the abandoned church bus of the title.” The Stage

“Above The Stag Theatre’s current production of James Lantz’s, ‘The Bus’ was immeasurably hard-hitting and poignant.” —The Dramatic, Kieran Knowles

“A tender and passionate romance. A thoughtful exploration of forbidden, cautious love, or as is so beautifully put in the script — “something felt, but ill-defined”. In this seamless production none of the nuances of the central story or the subplots are overlooked and all the intricacies of the script are handled with care under the astute direction of Robert McWhir.” Extra Extra

THE BUZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

“Haven’t been so moved by a piece of theatre in a long time. I was literally shaking. Brilliant performances by everyone in the cast.” Larry C
“The Bus at Above the Stag this evening was absolutely phenomenal” @aliceym
“Hey all London people head to Above the Stag and watch a fantastic new show called, The Bus — we laughed and we cried!” @TheThreeBelles
“Thought about it often over the next few days. If this is the start of a new line at Above the Stag, then (Artistic Director) Peter Bull is adding a classy new stripe to his successful rainbow flag.” Andrew T
The Bus is at ‘Above the Stag’ until November 22, 2014. Cast members include: Ian Dring, William E Fawcett, Katharine Jee, Matthew Ian Kelly, Kane John Scott, Alexandra Vincent. Production Manager Andrew Beckett. Designed by David Shields, lighting designed by Elliot Griggs. Produced by Peter Bull, Directed by Robert McWhir. Photos courtesy of Katherine Ives.

ps. In a location that JK Rowling would appreciate, ‘Above the Stag Theatre’ is located beneath the train tracks in Vauxhall. One reviewer noted that the rumbling of passing trains actually blended very well with the ambiance of the play. From Google Maps: