THE BOOK

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World-renowned theatre photographer Simon Annand has witnessed some of theatre’s most intimate moments. His new book TIME TO ACT showcases over 200 remarkable backstage portraits. Included are many of the world’s most beloved stars, photographed during the last 37 years.

SHARON D. CLARKE, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, National Theatre, 2016; Photo: Simon AnnandSHARON D. CLARKE, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, National Theatre, 2016

Deeply personal images of Olivia Colman, Elisabeth Moss, Claire Foy, David Oyelowo, Gillian Anderson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Bryan Cranston, Lily James, Sophie Okonedo, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and many more world class actors as they prepare to go on stage.

With a foreword by Cate Blanchett TIME TO ACT illuminates the vulnerability, the discipline, the thrill and the danger of live performance.




STEPHEN FRY, Twelfth Night, Apollo Theatre, 2012; Photo: Simon AnnandSTEPHEN FRY, Twelfth Night, Apollo Theatre, 2012

“The dressing room is a magical place. This is where the actor makes a transition from their own self towards the self of the fictional character.” - Simon Annand



Photo: Simon AnnandSOPHIE OKONEDO, The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket, 2017

For every copy of Time to Act sold, a donation will be made to The Theatre Artists Fund. The Theatre Artists Fund has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. It is for theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector.

LILY JAMES, The Seagull, Southwark Playhouse, 2012; Photo: Simon AnnandLILY JAMES, The Seagull, Southwark Playhouse, 2012
Elisabeth Moss,
THE CHILDREN’S HOUR,
Comedy Theatre, 2011; Photo: Simon AnnandElisabeth Moss, THE CHILDREN’S HOUR, Comedy Theatre, 2011
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