Last week’s VIP Meet&Greet was all about meeting celebrity VIPs beside the red carpet. Both Zoe and I followed this up by attending the premieres of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. I attended the midday screening in Anglia Square, Norwich (a response to an 8000-person strong social media campaign #AngliaSquareNotLeicesterSquare, urging Steve Coogan to honour Alan Partridge’s roots), whilst Zoe attended the evening premiere in London’s Leicester Square, where many more celebrities made an appearance. Did any of you get any photos? Do share! Tweet @ZoeGriffin
This week our top-tips for meeting celebrity VIPs come from the West End. London’s West End theatre district is a great place to see singers, dancers, soap stars and even the odd Hollywood actor, showing what they’re made of on stage (let’s not forget Daniel Radcliffe’s theatre debut Equus, which saw the squeaky-clean Harry Potter star take on a role that involved full-frontal nudity).
But more than being great entertainment, which West End shows always are, they are also a great chance to get a photo or an autograph – it takes a bit of patience, and probably some reconnaissance of show times and building layouts, but waiting by the stage door can pay off. I have heard stories of people Tweeting celebrities beforehand and asking to meet, or contacting the theatre’s where particularly plays are showing, but I find having some patience and waiting by the stage door is just as successful. Otherwise, joining mailing lists and fan clubs of certain shows can also lead to invitations to events, particularly if the show you are interested in has an upcoming anniversary or milestone.
Currently on stage in the West End are Harry Potter stars: Daniel Radcliffe (playing ‘Cripple Billy’ in The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noël Coward Theatre in St Martin’s Lane – no nudity this time though) and Zoë Wanamaker (playing Eleanor in Passion Play at the Duke of York’s Theatre, also on St Martin’s Lane). Sex And The City’s Kim Cattrall is also taking centre stage in London at the moment, taking on the role of Alexandra Del Lago in Tennessee Williams; Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic Theatre near Waterloo tube station.
Excitingly, Jude Law will be appearing at the West End at the latter half of the year (I’m giving plenty of notice as this is bound to book up early). He will be starring in Henry V from the 23rd November at the Noël Coward Theatre, following Daniel Radcliffe’s stint there. Happy VIP spotting!