I am a very lucky fan of Richard Armitage. Saturday, 23 August, was the FOURTH time I got to see him in Real Life. Wow. That means a lot to a well-wisher of the man. Some of us will never get to see him “in the flesh”, as they say. And yet, I’ve managed to see him four times. Each time exciting, but always with a little bit of disappointment thrown in. I am starting my report on my London Weekend with a look back, to put it all in perspective. There are so many layers and thoughts to share about the weekend. First, traveling to London for such a short visit, with all the difficulties that involves. Second, meeting Twitter friends I met through the RA fandom. Third, seeing The Crucible. Fourth, a fangurl seeing Richard Armitage.
So let’s start with a perspective on seeing Richard Armitage in person four times. The first was The Hobbit Live Event (above). I sat in the second row. That is my blonde head right in front of The Hobbit poster. What an opportunity! Yet, I couldn’t get over how thin and tired he looked. Plus no opportunity to interact.
The second was the Pinter/Proust play at the 92nd St. Y in NYC. Saw him onstage, but missed out on the fan interaction afterwards.
The third was the Into the Storm Premiere, held in New York City. Just a brief sighting before and after he went into the theater. I did get an autograph, and some nice pictures of him signing autographs. Problem was that it was SO brief! Am I a bad person for feeling that way??
And the fourth sighting was seeing The Crucible on Saturday. Above is the evidence of my encounter – an autograph on a lovely photo in the programme. Also, I did get to give him a book I’d brought for him and he said, “Thank you!”.
Whew! Am I lucky, or what?
I have lots more to say on that subject in Part Two.