Glimpse backstage at London’s biggest theatre shows of 2015/16

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    Gypsy, Savoy Theatre Credit: Matt Humphrey/Curtain Call (2016)

    London’s theatre scene is one of the jewels in the city’s crown. And, as we marvel at the amazing worlds that spring to life on stages across the capital every night, we’re equally as likely to wonder at the mysteries of life backstage.

    If you’ve ever wondered what a star does in the moments before they step on stage, a new book is offering a glimpse into theatrical life in the wings of some of London’s biggest shows in 2015/16.

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    Sinatra, The Man and His Music, London Palladium Credit: Matt-Humphrey/Curtain Call (2016)

    Curtain Call: A Year Backstage In London Theatre is the first in a series of photography books by photographer Matt Humphrey and actor/director John Schwab, who were given unprecedented access backstage in London’s theatres.

    The book features never seen before photography taken on stage, in the wings and behind-the-scenes from more than 50 productions including Hamlet at Barbican Theatre, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, American Buffalo at Wyndham’s Theatre, starring John Goodman and Damian Lewis, and The Audience starring Kristin Scott Thomas at the Apollo Theatre.

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    James McAvoy in The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studio, London Credit: Matt Humphrey/Curtain Call (2016).

    Matt Humphrey said: “The backstage life of a production can be as intriguing, beguiling and choreographed as the show itself. I feel extremely privileged to have been allowed to photograph such an array of productions throughout the year, each of which has their own unique character.

    “It has been a rewarding photographic challenge to shoot in low light and to combine reportage with portraiture. This book is a celebration of the expertise, diversity and extraordinary talent that characterise this thriving industry.”

    Curtain Call: A Year Backstage In London Theatre is priced at £45 and available for pre-order from Curtain Call will also be available to purchase at the V&A and National Theatre bookshops from 28 March.


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