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Secret Theatre: Fascinating Pictures Show Backstage Shenanigans

By Stuart Black Last edited 14 months ago
Secret Theatre: Fascinating Pictures Show Backstage Shenanigans
As You Like It, Shakespeare's Globe. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).

You can practically smell the greasepaint and scent of dust burning up in the footlights in these photos taken over the course of a year in the West End.

Photographer Matt Humphrey visited the backstage areas of 60 shows, taking 18,000 pictures as he documented the secret panic and preening that goes into making a big night seem so effortless.

Humphrey's fascinating photos cover shows including wonder.land, Gypsy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Elf, Everyman and My Night With Reg and features a host of stars such as James McAvoy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliet Stevenson and Damian Lewis.

The book has a foreword by David Suchet and interviews with theatre insiders like Sally Greene (The Old Vic) and Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court).

Curtain Call: A Year Backstage In London Theatre by Matt Humphrey is £45 and available to buy here.

As You Like It, Shakespeare's Globe. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
Gypsy, Savoy Theatre. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
wonder.land, National Theatre. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studio. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
The Audience, Apollo Theatre. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
The 39 Steps, Criterion Theatre. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
Mr Foote's Other Leg, Hampstead Theatre. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
Sinatra - The Man and His Music, London Palladium. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
Linda, Royal Court Theatre. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2016).
My Night With Reg, Apollo Theatre. © Matt Humphrey - Curtain Call (2018).

Last Updated 06 March 2016