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The Half

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Posted: 2/5/10 at 6:50am
Victoria And Albert Museum, London
25 January thru 11 April 2010
The Half

Free admission

This display showcases the work of Simon Annand, photographer of leading actors in the West End for the last 20 years.
It provides a rare glimpse into the dressing rooms of actors in the precious, private few moments before the show: The Half.
This half an hour before curtain up is used for focus and concentration and is strictly private. All members of the public are required to leave. Whatever has gone on during the day, the actor must use this time to make a transition into the fictional character of the play. There is no escape.
These photographs pay tribute to the dedication of stage actors and reveal not only technical skills but also aspects of a very personal nightly ritual.

The Half
Cate Blanchette

The Half
Judi Dench

The Half
Daniel Radcliffe

The Half
Martin Sheene

The Half
Kirsten Scott Thomas

....and my favorite!
The Half
Daniel Craig



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Posted: 2/5/10 at 6:57am
Fantastic!
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Posted: 2/5/10 at 7:08am
The Half
Daniel Day Lewis

The Half
Jane Birkin

The Half
Ian McKellern

The Half
Simon Russell Beale

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Posted: 2/5/10 at 7:14am
OK, we have to caption some of those.

Simon Russell Beale:

Sir Simon, a knight? Moi? Just hinting...
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Posted: 2/5/10 at 7:17am
What's that in his hand, the crown jewels or a packet of fags?
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Posted: 2/5/10 at 7:25am


The Half
Daniel Craig
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Posted: 2/5/10 at 8:32am
Daniel Day Lewis: I hope my bloody father isn't in again tonight!
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Posted: 2/5/10 at 8:37am
Ian McKellern: I'm not going on tonight if he's not going to show up again! Waiting Waiting!

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Posted: 2/5/10 at 9:15am
I swear i saw this at the National Theatre Museum a few years ago. Is it on display anywhere now? I'm off to the big smoke soon so it'd be wonderful to see it again... especially with new photos.
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Posted: 2/5/10 at 9:17am
I think this has been doing the rounds for some time now.

Victoria And Albert Museum, London.
25 January thru 11 April 2010
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Posted: 2/5/10 at 9:27am
The Half

I do not bring up my other passion on here, as this is a theatre message board, but while we are on the subject, I thought I might give a plug to the excellent Van Gogh exhibition that is at the Royal Academy near Piccadilly Circus.

If you like this sort of thing and waiting to see a show in London and want to kill time in the afternoon, it is a excellent exhibition to attend with high quality loans, such as both Van Gogh's chair and the yellow house in Arles.

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