The photographer has brought directors, door keepers and technicians out of the shadows for a special exhibition celebrating the survival of the West End

The backstage heroes of the West End of London have been documented by the photographer Rankin in an exhibition of portraits celebrating the resilience and creative range of the theatre industry. Stage managers, technicians, front of house, wardrobe, wigs, sound design, puppeteers and stage door keepers are among those featuring in Performance, alongside stars, directors and producers.

“Everyone working in theatre has a story to tell of their experience over the past 18 months, inspiring tales of hardship, perseverance, patience, innovation, despair and joy,” Rankin said. The project, supported by the Society of London Theatre, aimed to “celebrate the jewel in the crown of our unparalleled culture sector – epitomised by these countless faces and voices who make up the backbone of London’s theatre community and will spearhead its post-Covid recovery”. Proceeds from Performance will go to the Theatre Artists Fund and London youth homelessness charities.

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