Another in a series of stage door encounters with favorite actors.
Last month, I discussed the BBC America website’s “Anglo Fan Favorite” competition. Well, Alan Rickman won. The man has a powerful fan base! This is kind of late, but I’m saluting his win by sharing this stage door encounter.
In October 2001, I was lucky enough to see Alan Rickman perform in a West End production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives with Lindsay Duncan. It was a delightful romp. Having just seen Hamlet at Statford-upon-Avon, the Coward play seemed so short! We went to the stage door to meet the cast, naturally. Rickman and Duncan were perfectly friendly, but we could see that they were tired from the performance. They posed for a photograph, and Rickman signed the cover of my Harry Potter book. It may sound tacky have him sign a Harry Potter book at a stage door, but this was just a couple of weeks before the first movie opened in cinemas, when nobody knew how huge it was all going to be. Anyway, Rickman didn’t seem to mind!
Americans will notice that my Harry Potter book is a UK edition, so it’s “Philosopher’s Stone” and not “Sorcerer’s Stone.” I could launch into my rant about how stupid it was to change the American title to “Sorcerer’s Stone” (which isn’t an actual historical reference to anything), but it’s a lost cause.