Stage Door (8): Charles Dance, Conleth Hill, & Game of Thrones

Another in series of stage door encounters with interesting actors.

I just finished binge-watching all six seasons of Game of Thrones. A couple of years ago I tried to watch it, but I only got through two episodes before deciding it was too brutal. I’m tougher now. With so many actors I like, and all that gorgeous Ireland scenery, I wish I’d joined the party sooner.

Over the years I couldn’t avoid plot spoilers, but there were still plenty of shocks and surprises. At this point, there’s not much I can say about Game of Thrones that hasn’t been said already. I love the characters I’m supposed to love (Arya, Tyrion, Brienne, Davos, etc), hate the ones everybody hates (Joffrey, Ramsey), wonder why baby Sam grows slower than any other child in Westeros, and wish I’d counted how many times Casterly Rock is mentioned.

Years ago, I saw two of the Game of Thrones cast members perform in plays in London, and I met them at the stage door with my camera.

In early 2001, I saw Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister in GofT) in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. The other cast members were Paul Rudd, Paul Nicholls, and Jessica Lange. My seat was right up close to the stage, which normally is too close but was just right for this one. Lange didn’t come out to meet anybody afterward, but the three men did. This was before gathering at the stage door after a show was popular in the West End, so there were only a few of us waiting. This was also before digital cameras, so I didn’t realize that my photo of Rudd caught him with his eyes shut.  He was very friendly, and Charles Dance was very gracious.

 

Soon after, I went with two friends to see Stones in His Pockets with Conleth Hill (Varys in GofT) and Sean Campion. We laughed so hard, our ribs ached by the end. It was fantastic, with just the two men playing multiple roles, including women. We were the only ones waiting afterward. While we were waiting, Stefanie Powers came out the stage door. She must have been in the audience. I recognized her immediately, but I didn’t want to bother her. Hill and Campion came out together, and they were friendly and fun. I don’t usually pose for photos (I prefer taking them), but my friends grabbed the camera and I got sandwiched between two fantastic actors. Lucky me!

With Conleth Hill & Sean Campion

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10 responses to “Stage Door (8): Charles Dance, Conleth Hill, & Game of Thrones

  1. Katelyn

    Yay, love having a new Stage Door post! That photo of Paul Rudd with his eyes closed made me laugh. And the one of you with Conleth Hill and Sean Campion is adorable.

    • I live to make you laugh! I probably shouldn’t have shared the Paul Rudd photo, but it was part of the set, and back then we didn’t know how his career was going to skyrocket. Or how funny he can be. This play was NOT funny!

  2. Caz

    Fantastic post and photos! Love hearing good stories about stage door experiences.

    • Thank you! Good memories, those. You might also enjoy my Stage Door posts about James McAvoy and Matthew Rhys, who were both so lovely. This was also a great memory: https://theuglybugball.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/this-bud-of-love/ You’re in the UK? I’m so envious! You’re in the north? Thanks for stopping in!

      • Caz

        Yeah I’m in the north east, try to get to London a few times a year for different shows. Luckily we get a lot of touring shows up here so get plenty of theatre. We’ve had the previews of Young Frankenstein in Newcastle I’m going again tomorrow, Mel Brooks was in attendance last week!

        • OMG! You’re seeing Young Frankenstein?? I’m a huge Hadley Fraser fan. If you got me his autograph and said hello at the stage door, I’d…find a way to reciprocate somehow!

          • Caz

            I saw it opening night and it was fantastic (a few posts on my blog about it).

            I’m going to try the stage door again tomorrow night, as last week with it being the first show they had a party and no one came out.

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