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Time to Act

An Intimate Photographic Portrait of Actors Backstage

By (author) Simon Annand
Foreword by Cate Blanchett
Introduction by Victoria Broackes
Designed by Louise Brody


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  • A unique series of photographs that go behind the scenes in London theatres, capturing world renowned actors before they go on stage
  • Includes a foreword by Cate Blanchett
  • "Simon Annand is one of the most amazing photographers I have had the pleasure of working with. He is an individualist with an eye for the unusual." - Dame Judi Dench, actor
  • For every copy sold, a donation will be made to The Theatre Artists Fund
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“…delivers an absorbing portrait of actor’s final preparation during their last 30 minutes before going on stage.” – The Lady

British photographer Simon Annand has been shooting candid photographs backstage at West End theatres in London for 35 years. In these meditative portraits, often shot in the intimate space of the dressing room, he captures the focus and tension of world-class actors right before they go on the stage. Actors such as Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Judi Dench are seen in these moments of vulnerability, which every actor experiences no matter how long they have been working. Time to Act, with an introduction by Cate Blanchett, contains a hand-picked selection of Simon Annand’s remarkable and unique portraits.

About the Author
Simon Annand works and lives in London. For 35 years, he has been photographing actors backstage, a few minutes before the curtains rises. He was given permission to enter the dressing rooms of the most famous actors in the world of theatre.
Lannoo Publishers
8th Oct 2020
290 mm x 240 mm
256 Pages
190 color, 40 b&w
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