The Half: Photographs of actors preparing for the stage (32 Photos)

For over 25 years Simon Annand has been given unprecedented access to photograph this in-between world that the audience never sees. The project is called “The Half: Photographs of Actors Preparing for the Stage”. The dressing room is a physical space that allows for concentration and privacy so the psychological negotiation between the actor and this fictional character can take place. When ‘The Half’ is called over the loudspeaker backstage, it is the start of a 35 minute countdown to facing the audience and there is no escape.

Via Simonannand

  • dickbag

    ladies, i give great head

  • etcrr

    #18 Keira Knightingley gorgeous as always

    • Skermitt

      Indeed, plus #31. Not bad, not bad at all…

    • Meowmix


    • spiltwine

      Ikea Knightely = cheap man's Nathalie Portman

  • Isaac

    that is a horrible misspelling of McKellen

    • ya kent

      also its David 'Walliams' not WIlliams

      • kcco

        Who gives a shit

        • DubStu

          People with a proper education…

  • MattKL

    #2 Kill it! Kill it with fire!!!

    • Jules

      Scared the shit out of me.

    • Lower

      Matt Lucas as Thénardier in Les Mis. Awesome.

  • MarthaJeane

    #17 kinda wish there were years on these shots. he looks so young!

  • Frenchiver

    *MacKellen. Makkelen sounds danish…

  • Slo

    #32 has Patrick Stewart as well.

    • AnyoneForCoffee

      Waiting for Godot….

    • Hunter Simmons

      I knew someone else caught this besides me. Good show.

  • Trav1121

    #3 One of the greatest actors of all time! Silence of the Lambs will forever haunt me because of him.

    • Martin_McFly

      and he only had what….11 minutes of screen time and STILL took home an Oscar?? Impressive.

    • Maynard B.

      For another amazing performance, see him as Captain Bligh in "The Bounty."

  • Friar Tuck

    #24 & #2 hilarious couple

    • Franklin1138

      I LOVE watching these two in "Little Britain."

  • Oddie Monsta

    #19 I'm to sexy for my shirt

    • It's called grammar


      • Craigery

        Im to sexy four grammer.

        • Tress33


    • derp

      this is everything macaulay culkin could have been

  • BritBerrier

    #23 oooooft

  • Anthony Jolliffe

    #31 I have a sudden urge to go the theatre and appreciate the arts…

    • Mmm_Beer

      I have a sudden urge to cover my head in red velvet

  • David

    #24 is David Walliams* – But who cares, he does catch phrase comedy..

    • IrishJew

      His real name is David Williams oddly.

  • Akzombie

    #31 so hot

  • Hugh

    #16 Not sure if wearing makeup, or naturally fugly

    • Brandyman
    • DeepestBlue

      I think a little of both…

    • its_forge

      She is not conventionally attractive but something like John Lydon has a bizarre attractiveness that is thoroughly unique to her as an individual. Also, she's very, very weird. Which isn't really a bad thing, the world needs more weird people.

      • spliggs

        "Not conventionally attractive" = "hot" in my books.

        • its_forge

          And she can act fricking circles around 9/10ths of the other weird bony twits in Hollywood.

  • Brandyman


    lazy spelling is lazy

  • Pooreman1972

    No 32, * McKellen and interestingly, it is also Patrick Stewart in the Photograph. They were both performing in Samual Becket's "Waiting for Godot" in the West End.

  • Edge

    #31 – I'd take a 35 with that!

  • Dan

    #29 This guy continues to get work. Must be a great actor, as he's funky looking.

  • Brian


    Bane before the 'roids.

    • qwert

      tom hardy is the shit, have you seen bronson?

  • LucretiusCarus

    #15 "So get this…I predict my son will one day be a crazy mofo who talks about warlocks and tiger blood and lives for smashing prostitutes and porn stars. No, seriously."

    • JT Mo-nay

      The resemblance is uncanny in this picture, really.

      • Bobbi_1025

        I thought it was Emilio Estavez(sp?) at first.

  • Guest

    Ian Makkelen??? You do know it's Ian Mckellen

  • Whoopy

    #28 is my all time fave. NBK IS A GREAT MOVIE

    • JT Mo-nay

      her voice makes me want to spin kick a midget in the throat

    • qwert

      she's all kinds of crazy… and i like that

  • Rip The Jacker

    #19 is a badass, that is all.

  • PartyMarty

    What a fantastic photo set. This was awesome.

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