In September 2019 we opened our brand-new gallery space and café-bar to celebrate the theatre’s 25th birthday. The gallery is home to specially curated and touring exhibitions, with a particular focus on theatre.
The Gallery currently hosts The Half by Simon Annand.
Simon Annand is one of the UK’s leading portrait photographers and has photographed the most recognisable faces of stage, including Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig and Jude Law.
In this exhibition to celebrate 25 years of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Simon showcases 74 photographs capturing actors and actresses at the beginning of their careers through to playing on the most famous stages.
Simon Annand’s reputation for vividly striking photographs and his ability to capture honest and diverse moments on stage has enabled him to gain unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the world’s most prestigious venues from the National Theatre to the Royal Court, and further afield to Moscow Arts Theatre and the Comédie Française, making him one of the most in-demand theatre photographers.
The exhibition features the artist’s most iconic images of the godfathers and female stars of British Theatre (including photos of Simon Callow, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Colin Firth). This new selection of rare photographs that span Simon Annand’s career over 35 years encapsulates the atmosphere and emotion like no other by capturing the conflicting emotions of anticipation, humour, happiness, fear and nerves in a world that is usually off limits to the public.