Some of Richard Armitage’s fans are very excited at the opportunity to see him live, in Real Life on stage and at the stage door. Maybe more excited than seeing him in person rather than actually seeing him perform in an exciting theatrical experience. This is understandable, but not necessarily a thing Mr. Armitage would welcome, I think. I’m sure he would prefer that his fans appreciate his performances rather than his appearance. As a person, Richard Armitage is very private and not really looking for fans to be following him around or interfering in his private life.
So is the “stage door” private life, or part of his work? I believe it is part of his work. When Richard Armitage goes to the theater to work, he is Richard Armitage the actor, not a private citizen. So I think that fans who see him there should expect that he will be in “Richard the actor” mode, politely interacting with his sometimes crazy fans. He’s been there before!
As a fan, I have to say that the opportunity to interact with Richard Armitage at the stage door is a very attractive opportunity. You may/may not have that opportunity. He can choose to say hi, or wave and go directly into the theater. He is under NO obligation to talk to anyone/take pictures/sign autographs. It is HIS decision. But if he does – YAY!
When he is actually ON THE STAGE, however, there are RULES! One doesn’t interrupt a performance. No one with any respect for the actor/production would do something like that. So ANY interruption of Richard Armitage at work on the stage, in character as John Procter, would be very very rude. So any fans/well-wishers who think this would be a good idea should think again. DON’T DO IT!!
Just my two cents, as they say. I can’t stop anyone from doing anything. But I do hope fellow RA well-wishers will use some sense in how they behave in the theater. Outside the theater, well, good luck! 😀 😀