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Simon Annand presents...

The Half: Photographs of Actors Preparing for the Stage

Friday 7th Oct 2022 — Sunday 27th Nov 2022, Gallery, The Base

Daniel Craig, the actor, is standing in a room topless looking at his hands.

A major photography exhibition featuring rare images of the privacy actors experience backstage in the half hour before performing on the stage.

'Simon Annand is one of the most amazing photographers I have had the pleasure of working with in the theatre . . . He is an individualist with an eye for the unusual. The results speak for themselves.' Dame Judi Dench

The Half is an actor’s countdown to walking on stage and facing an audience. Simon Annand’s photographs capture this final half-hour of excitement and intensity before the show begins. Visitors are invited to peep into the secret world of the dressing room to discover actors engaging in personal reflections and private rituals as they make the transition into character.

The Half
spans over 30 years of British Theatre and includes portraits of many well-known performers including Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren.

The Half is a touring exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) curated by Kate Bailey of the V&A in collaboration with Simon Annand.


Meet Simon Annand, the man behind the lens and explore his exhibition The Half.

Sat 15 Oct, 6pm – 7.30pm AND Thu 10 Nov, 1.30pm – 3pm


Base Pass

*Purchase a Base Pass and enjoy unlimited gallery access for 12 months from £20!

Exhibition organised by the V&A

Fri 7 Oct - Sun 27 Nov '22

Open Wed – Sun 10am – 5pm

Parent & Baby Session Thu 13 Oct & Sat 5 Nov 10am

As part of our Parent and Baby Sessions enjoy 30 minutes of stories and nursery rhymes with your little one which is free with your ticket purchased for the designated time slot. And included in your ticket is either an Americano or pot of tea and a Babychino from Honesty at The Base! Click here to book Songs and Stories in the Gallery. For ages 0-18 months. Includes exhibition entry for 1 hour.

Relaxed Day Thurs 10 Nov

Image: Daniel Craig in A Number at the Royal Court Theatre, 1999

© Simon Annand