Final call: intimate moments of actors backstage

For the last 25 years, top actors – from Colin Firth to Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett to David Tennant – have allowed theatrical photographer Simon Annand into the private sanctums of their dressing rooms, capturing them as they prepare to go on stage. This series focuses on the final 30 minutes before curtain-up, known behind the scenes as ‘the half’: a time for sinking into character, touching up makeup – or having a Diet Coke break. Photograph: Simon Annand