Jude Law, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett are just some of the stars who have been photographed minutes before taking to the stage in stunning new shots.
The Sherlock Holmes star, 47, is pictured in his dressing room, gazing at the photos and clippings surrounding the mirror.
Ahead of taking on the role of Hamlet at Wyndham’s Theatre in 2009, the star seemed to be staring at an image of William Shakespeare, presumably to get some last-minute inspiration from the Bard.
Also taking pride of place on Jude’s mirror is Fred Astaire, and a number of cards from well-wishers.
Orlando Bloom, 43, was also pictured by photographer Simon Annand for his new book Time to Act, with the Pirates of the Caribbean star staring himself down as he buttoned up his shirt.
He was photographed in 2007 ahead of his role in In Celebration at The Duke of York’s Theatre.
Olivia Colman, 46, is all smiles in her photo as she sports bold red lipstick and is helped as she dons a wig cap before her 2012 performance in Hay Fever at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Meanwhile, Cate Blanchett, 51, looks a little eerie in her snap, soaked in blood as she poses.
The Carol star lifted a hand to her face and stared intensely into the mirror as she prepared for her 2017 performance of The Present at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City.
Alan Cumming, Sophie Okonedo, Angela Lansbury, Ashley Jensen, and Layton Williams also star in the stunning shots.
Annand aims to lift the curtain on the crucial 30 minutes before actors take to the stage in his new book, with it being released at a time when the theatre industry has taken a hit from the coronavirus pandemic.
While theatres in the UK were given the go-ahead to stage some performances in August this year, England has since been plunged back into lockdown again, with non-essential businesses having to close.
In fact, there is just one name up for best lead actor in a musical at the 2020 awards.
Aaron Tveit is the sole nominee for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical award, for his performance as Christian in Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
The 36-year-old, also known for starring in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, plays the character made famous by Ewan McGregor in the 2001 film.
Addressing his nomination, Tveit said: ‘I hope this can be a positive lift amidst an industry shut down with an ever-changing timeline, as well as a reminder of power of live theatre, and what it can do for us as individuals.
‘And for our world.’
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