The Half – 35 Years Photographing 35 Minutes is now online for you to enjoy

In March of this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic we had to make the heart-breaking decision to close our doors, meaning all of our shows have been rescheduled or cancelled and our new gallery space remains dark. So that you can still enjoy our gallery and incredible exhibition, The Half by world-renowned photographer, Simon Annand, we have digitised his photographs. This means you can explore all of the images in the exhibition from the safety of your home and also listen to specially curated audio narratives by Simon talking you through the processes and inspiration for his exhibition.

The Half

Simon Annand is one of the UK’s leading portrait photographers and has photographed the most recognisable faces of stage, including Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig and Jude Law.

In this new exhibition to celebrate 25 years of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Simon will showcase 74 photographs capturing actors and actresses at the beginning of their careers through to playing on the most famous stages.

Simon Annand’s reputation for vividly striking photographs and his ability to capture honest and diverse moments on stage has enabled him to gain unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the world’s most prestigious venues from the National Theatre to the Royal Court, and further afield to Moscow Arts Theatre and the Comédie Française, making him one of the most in-demand theatre photographers.

The exhibition will feature the artist’s most iconic images of the godfathers and female stars of British Theatre (including photos of Simon Callow, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Colin Firth). This new selection of rare photographs that span Simon Annand’s career over 35 years encapsulates the atmosphere and emotion like no other by capturing the conflicting emotions of anticipation, humour, happiness, fear and nerves in a world that is usually off limits to the public. Simon Annand’s photographs in this new exhibition also include Maggie Smith, Lenny Henry and Priscilla Presley.

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A Lawrence Batley Theatre exhibition

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