Archives: March 18, 2019

stage doors

Obtaining Autographs at the Stage Doors of Theatres

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

Stage Door
Photo credit: Andy Roberts (Flickr) under Creative Commons 2.0

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.

It is important to remember while waiting at the stage door is to be kind, considerate and courteous to all around you and you’ll have a fab time.

rocky horror

Duncan James of Blue to Tour With Rocky Horror Show

Duncan James from Blue to Tour in The Rocky Horror Show
Duncan James now in Rocky Horror was most recently seen on TV playing the role of Ryan in the popular Channel 4 soap, Hollyoaks. He played Ryan, Duncan was nominated for Most Popular Newcomer for the 2016 NTA’s and nominated for Best Newcomer for the 2017 Soap Awards. In 2018 Duncan reprised the role of Billy Flynn in the West End show Chicago.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show first opened in London in 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has become the planets favourite Rock ‘N’ Roll musical, and has been performed worldwide for 45 years in over 30 countries and translated into over 20 languages. This critically-acclaimed stunning new production is now back by public demand and sets out for a 12 month UK tour starting at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on 13 December 2018
This production is directed by Christopher Luscombe and features songs such as “Sweet Transvestite”, “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit Janet” and “The Time-Warp”.
Hang around at the stage door and politely ask Duncan to sign something you have, a photo, show program etc, you might just be lucky.


new movies

The Big Movies That Are Coming Out in 2019

A short list of new movies

The Favourite

Olivia Colman has already received a Golden Globe nomination and is one of the favourites to take home the Oscar for best actress as Queen Anne in The Favourite. This drama from art film auteur Yorgos Lanthimos has been collecting rave reviews all through the film festival season, and now is finally released in cinemas.

Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Stan and Ollie

Comedy pair Laurel and Hardy are brought to life by Steve Coogan and John C Reilly in this biopic, which sees them attempt to reestablish their careers on a theatre tour around the post-war UK.

Starring: Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, Shirley Henderson


Director M Night Shyamalan has been quiet recently, but this concept has pulled together the stories from his hit psychological thrillers Split and Unbreakable must draw in cinema goers out of pure intrigue.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, James McAvoy

Mary Queen of Scots

Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan look far less glamorous than normal in this period biopic in which they portray warring cousins Mary Stuart of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth I of England.

Starring: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan


Christian Bale has once again transformed his entire body for his role in his latest movie, adding on the pounds and stones to play the former US Vice President Dick Cheney.

Starring: Amy Adams, Steve Carrell, Christian Bale

Avengers: Endgame

Things are not going well for the Avengers. Thanos has the Infinity Gauntlet, and most of their friends are definately deceased. Can Iron Man and company reverse the snap heard round the world?

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

The Lion King

Whatever you think on sequels and reboot culture, you’ll be hard pushed to convince anyone that Beyoncé and Donald Glover leading this CGI re-telling of the Disney classic is not a good idea. Hakuna Matata.

Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones

This is just a few of the new movies being released in 2019, as

usual there are far too many to list and review