Who's in the house? Curtain raiser
Costumiers, box office, doormen, dressers: it's all going on behind the scenes in London's West End
Saturday 21 August 1999
Both theatres are very grand front of house, but backstage it's a different story. The dressing rooms are cramped and the corridors have an institutional feel. Wyndham's Theatre opened in 1899 and from its first Royal performance became a byword for sophistication. The Albery Theatre opened in 1903 and for many years was owned and managed by the Albery Family, until it was sold, together with Wyndham's, in 1984. It was the end of an era.
Albery Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London WC2 (0171-369 1730). Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2 (0171-369 1736)
Hair and wig master, Albery Theatre. Has worked on Almeida productions at the theatre since July 1998
Strickland's room at the theatre had already been personalised by a previous occupant, and he was very happy to leave it as it was. "People love coming in here and they totally chill out. I like it because I feel like I'm up in the gods, away from everyone and everything. It's like being in the clouds or by the sea. Working for the Almeida it's like a family: great productions, great people to work with, wonderful, I'm very lucky."
Stage door keeper, Albery and Wyndham's theatres. Has worked here since 1993
The stage door is the front door for everyone who works here, from the cleaners to the actors, as well as being the haunt of stage-door Johnnies. "The stage door is open from 8.30am to 11.30pm or until everyone leaves the building," says Zac. "There are three doorkeepers who work in shifts throughout the week. I usually work the morning shift. The door keeper is responsible for all the mail and the keys for the 36 dressing rooms. As in most theatres, there is no dressing room number 13."
Richard Trice (right)
Box office assistant, Wyndham's Theatre. Has worked here for nine months
"It's one of the prettiest theatres in London. It's been exceptionally well-maintained and preserved and is coming up to its 100th birthday. A different type of audience come in with each cast for Art: Jack Dee pulled in a lot of his own fans and Frank Skinner will probably do the same." Also in the picture are Peter Wheeler, a theatre attendant who has worked at Wyndham's for three years, and Charlie Thaine, a front-of-house assistant, who has worked at the theatre for 10 months.
Sally Ann Dicksee
Wardrobe mistress, Wyndham's. Has worked on `Art' for two years
The cast of Art changes every three months and all three cast members need new costumes every time. Sally Ann is also responsible for washing the costumes daily, ironing and pressing the suits and carrying out any repairs that are required. "You just come in and make it your own, and cover up all the nasty bits," she says of her tiny wardrobe room. "Generally wardrobes in theatres tend to be quite small rooms, so you make the most of the space you've got."
Who's in your house?
If you are a group of people who live, or work, separately but within the same building and would like to be featured on this page, write to Who's in the House?, The Independent Magazine, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL, giving a contact phone number, your address, and details of the type of building you occupy. Please also include recent photographs (which you do not want returned) of your homes or offices.
Life & Style blogs
McDonald’s launches clothing line using Big Mac prints
Facebook to test 747-sized drones that will beam broadband to the entire world
The distress of some Zayn Malik fans is real, and they need support, say experts
Chair-bound workers 'should move around every hour to reduce physical and mental health risks'
The truth about student sex workers: it's far from Belle Du Jour
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 2 Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
- 3 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped commission: SThree: Does earning a 6 figu...
£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A challenging opportunity for a...