Rik Mayall playing Gogol, National Theatre, 1985. Photographed by John Haynes.

R.I.P. Ryk Mayall.

Kevin Spacey talks about theatre being Now. He’s right. Theatre uses the eternal present, radical space, to make up something, to play: here, and then here, and then here. Every night.

Ryk Mayall was master of that anarchic play space. A massive shout-out to John Haynes for capturing him in his moment of Now. I’ve had this book for ever. It never gets old: Taking the Stage: Twenty-One Years of the London Theatre, Photographs by John Haynes, Introduction by Lindsay Anderson, London: Thames & Hudson, 1986.

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