After seeing a West End show some audience members visit the stage doors to try and meet the performers. Here’s a helpful guide with the do’s and don’ts at the stage doors.
What should i take.
If you’re wanting to meet some cast at the stage door after a show, make sure you’re fully prepared.
A pen: Take a pen with you, Sharpie felt tips will work best here. Before asking a celeb to sign something, have your pen ready so you’re not looking for it.
Something to sign: Could be a programme, or a sheet of paper, an autograph album, just make sure you have something decent.
A camera: Whether it’s on your phone or a digital camera, have it out and primed so that you can take many pictures, but only if the celeb says YES.
You may be waiting for a while
Be prepared to be patient with cast members, as you may be waiting for a couple of hours. Performers will be sorting themselves out in the theatre before greeting people. When your favourite performers come out to meet fans you can potentially talk about the show, the minutes painstakingly spent at the stage door will all be worth it.
Be considerate of the actors while you are waiting
It’s okay to get excited at the thought of seeing some of the biggest theatre stars in front of you. However, respect the actors who have just been working on stage to perform a show. Remain calm and composed. Standing at the stage door can often be crowded, so keep your hands and feet to yourself. While it may feel like it at the time, don’t try and push through the crowd to get to the front. Everyone who waits will be able to meet cast members, so be patient.
Talk to people around you
It’s unlikely that you’ll be the only one at the stage door. Being friendly with people around youyou may get some great advice from regulars. If you’re nice to the people beside you, they may let you take their spot once they’re done.
What should I do when the actors come out
Meeting actors at a stage door can make your trip to Theatreland even more special. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.
DO show your appreciation for the actor.
DON’T pester a cast member to sign lots of things. Bringing many things for one person to sign will irritate others around you.
DO say thank you. Performers don’t have to meet people at the stage door, so make sure to thank them.
DON’T try and force performers to stay longer than they have to. After a show, some performers may have to rush somewhere quickly, so let them leave the theatre to carry on the rest of their day.