Stage Door Meetings
Posted 06 November 2007 - 03:51 PM
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Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:05 PM
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I very rarely try for a stage door meeting but one time I did was Gillian Anderson who was charm itself. And boy, does she make penetrating eye-contact. When she looks at you, you stay looked at.
Stephen Tompkinson (good handshake) after Arsenic & Old Lace, because I'm a big Seinfeld fan and had hoped to meet Michael Richards, who didn't show. People have told me Stephen Tompkinson reminds them of me so I wondered if he thought, "What a handsome chap".
After Betrayal I waited outside the Donmar with my partner who was hoping to meet Toby Stephens, who didn't show, but the other two cast members did and I was interested to observe them. Sam West was very distracted and politely brusque with a number of male and older female admirers, then instantly slipped into suave mode when an attractive young woman sidled up for an autograph. He even said "Well, hello" in a Leslie Phillips-esque voice and asked her name so he could write a dedication. Dervla Kirwan, meanwhile, looked like a rabbit in the headlights after politely standing and looking through the large scrapbook of her cuttings a male fan was showing her. She still looked like that when she kindly posed for photos for another fan.
I waited at the NT stage door to try to get Ruth Wilson's autograph after Philistines, purely because I'm hopelessly in love with her but it's just as well she didn't show as I probably would have been an incoherent gibbering wreck. Ahem - she is, of course, supremely talented (and I urge you to watch both A Real Summer and Capturing Mary this coming weekend). And did I mention, I'm totally besotted with her (my partner understands, albeit with sighs and shakes of the head).
So she didn't show but Conleth Hill did so I got his autograph and had a brief chat. He was polite, but there was a slight air of tolerating it. Which is fair enough.
Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:16 PM
I'm not surprised. Keep a scrapbook if you must, but show it to the object of your obsession? Absolutely terrifying.
Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:26 PM
The best encounter (of few) was with Omid Djalili after his stand-up show, he discussed his show, and when he signed a flyer he told us how much he loved signing autographs. Top bloke.
Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:56 PM
The only other stagedoor thing I have done recently was The Dumb Waiter as I went with avid Isaacs fans. He was pleasant but Lee Evans was totally delightful. I'm not at all a fan of his manic comedy but he was such a nice guy, asking us all about where we'd come from etc that I quite fell for him. He posed for photos and finally wandered off into the night with a little backpack heading for Tescos "to get a baguette"
Posted 06 November 2007 - 07:01 PM
Judi Dench after Hay Fever - very friendly and has time for fans
History Boys - the touring cast passed my programme around and all signed their pics.
Lee Evans - very pleasant and down-to-earth I agree - after Producers
Boeing-Boeing - all very friendly (2nd cast)
Connie Fisher - willing to spend time signing for everyone at the stage door
Posted 07 November 2007 - 09:16 AM
What a great story, I really enjoyed reading that - thanks.
I've sent it to my partner, who was also not a fan of his comedy but warmed to him in Dumb Waiter.
Posted 07 November 2007 - 10:38 AM
Posted 07 November 2007 - 11:55 AM
Jon Robyns- Absolutly delightful, signed everything for everyone
Gavin Creel- Was shocked i wanted his autograph and a photo....lovely
Orlando Bloom- Although crowds were REALLY REALLY bad, he tried to sign as much as he could...I gave him a present earlier in the day and when he signed my flyer after the evning show, he thanked me for it.
Gilz Terera- so funny and a lovely guy
Mark Adams- Amazing
Stephen Triffitt- Brilliant
Eve Best- Possibly the nicest women ive ever met,...she was up in her dressing room, and i jokingly waved my flyer up towards her dressing room, and she looked out and said, Ill be down in a moment, to which within about 5 mins, she was down at the stage door signing my flyer and having a photo. I thanked her so much as shed come down, in a hurry and forgotten her jacket, and as this was 23rd December, she was freezing.
Robert Lindsay- The nicest person, ive ever met anywhere. He signed everything and had photos and chated for at least 10 mins even though he had dinner reservations.
I could go on forever about my different experience at the stage door, the only person, i had problems with was patrick swayze. There was a crowd of probably about 10 people ,after the matinee, and we waited for nearly an hour before secruity said oh hes not coming out, plus we waited probably the same after the evening and they said the same thing again as well as he wouldnt be signing.
Tommy:OK, type A. They're real easy. Jump right into bed witcha. Then later on, they bust your balls. Type B. First, they play hard to get. Then later on, they bust your balls.
Frankie: I don't get it.
Tommy:Don't worry, you will.
Posted 07 November 2007 - 12:35 PM
Least pleasant I've encountered was Shane Ritchie, we were waiting to speak to Mazz Murray at the WWRY stage door, and he was also there to see her. Enormous "Don't you know who I am???" attitude, and no, couldn't put a name to the face at the time actually! compounded by the fact we then popped into Burger King and he, Mazz, and his family had to queue behind us...
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