Stage Door Fans

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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! 😀 😀

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18 Responses to Stage Door Fans

  1. Nell says:

    Thank you for this statement! Might be helpful! Fingers crossed!

  2. Well said! Live theatre is a wonderful experience! I’m sure that Richard Armitage will be terrific portraying John Proctor in “The Crucible”. I hope everyone has a lovely time. Cheers!

  3. Lena says:

    I just hope we don’t have crazy fans spoiling it for everybody else like what happened to Tom Hiddleston when he was performing in ‘Coriolanus’.

    • Marie Astra says:

      What happened to Tom Hiddleston?

      • Lena says:

        Someone told me some of the fan behaviour were really bad and on one occasion, Tom Hiddleston actually got pushed to the ground by a over-enthusiastic fan who tried to grab him. I am not surprised therefore that after that, he stopped coming out to greet fans. There are several blogs on the subject if you google ‘Tom Hiddleston crazy fans’.

  4. linnetmoss says:

    I don’t know what happened to Hiddleston, but I can well imagine. I went to see “The Heiress” which starred Dan Stevens from “Downton Abbey,” and was shocked by the rude behavior of the so-called fans who whispered, giggled and talked during the performance, took flash pictures and video against the rules, and otherwise did everything possible to annoy the other theatergoers and the actors. Real fans, in my opinion, will behave respectfully toward Mr. Armitage as well as the people in the audience who may just be getting to know his work…

    • Perry says:

      Linnet, I’m shocked by this description of fan behavior in a Broadway theater. I just can’t imagine Armitage fans behaving like that. Any fan of Richard Armitage knows how important this opportunity is for him and to demean it with inappropriate behavior just doesn’t seem very “Armitage.” I’m confident there is nothing to worry about with Armitage fans. At least, not within the walls of the theater.

    • Lena says:

      That is shocking ! I’ve never encountered anything of the sort in a British theatre. If there is behaviour like that, I am sure they will be marched out of the theatre.

    • The house ushers should have discreetly ejected those individuals. Theatre tickets are not cheap. But apart from their cost, it is important to be respectful of the artists who so kindly turned their lives upside down to study, and to rehearse, to perform for the audience.

      • linnetmoss says:

        Gratiana, I could not agree more!

      • Perry says:

        A while back I was bemoaning the fact that, except for one or two groups – like people going to a good restaurant before or after, many people don’t even get dressed for a night at the theater anymore – at least not in NYC ( myself included, on occasion) But this – this kind of behavior – in theater – during a performance – is something else entirely. Theater management will have to get savvy to what types of performances, or which stars, are likely to cause this problem and be ready for it. They were probably stunned.
        I don;t think this will happen with A fans and The Crucible – and as to stage door behavior – good luck trying to knock Richard Armitage down. He’s like a tree.

      • linnetmoss says:

        Firm as oak, eh? I love that in a man 😉

      • Marie Astra says:

        A tree you hugged! 😃

      • Perry says:

        Yeah, come to think of it. You just brought a big, silly grin to my face. Like an emoticon.

  5. katia says:

    Agreed for the respect that RA deserves and all the actors of The Crucible. Agreed for the respect of the public watching the performance but please stop to try to think what RA is thinking or feeling or deciding. He is an adult very well aware that fans will take this wonderful opportunity to try to see him, get some authographs or some pictures with him and he and he alone will decide how to manage this. He doesn’t need to be over protected. During the various Premieres he was literally surrounded by fans and he didn’t looked as if he was having a nervous breakdown. At the contrary he was always smiling and enjoying that moment.

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