RankinLIVE x West End Theatre

04.11.2021 - 31.01.2022

Globally renowned photographer Rankin has launched PERFORMANCE, a major free exhibition at the FUJIFILM House of Photography in the heart of London’s West End, paying tribute to the remarkable talent and resilience of the city’s theatre industry as it emerges from the pandemic shutdown.

Across nearly 150 portraits of individuals from nearly 60 top London shows and venues, visitors to Fujifilm’s flagship photography playground will get a comprehensive look behind the curtain at the countless highly skilled people who make up the sector – from star performers, writers, directors and producers to stage managers, dressers, pit musicians, designers, puppeteers, technicians, stage doorkeepers, voice coaches and many more.

The exhibition will be hung ‘live’ on the walls of the FUJIFILM House of Photography while Rankin simultaneously captures portraits in the same space, with the gallery complete from Thursday 4th November.

This once-in-a-lifetime celebration of London’s theatreland has been produced in partnership with the Mayor of London’s #LetsDoLondon campaign and the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) as part of their #BackOnStage campaign, to inspire the public about the incredible array of live theatre on offer in the capital, and encourage them to return to the West End to sample its famous cultural offerings.

Visitors to the free exhibition will have the option to donate to the Theatre Artists Fund, which provides emergency aid to struggling theatre freelancers, as well as four London youth homelessness charities selected by the Mayor of London –  Depaul, akt, Centrepoint and New Horizons Youth Centre.

Alongside the exhibition, a limited-edition book of the portraits will be launched on 25 November, with all proceeds going to the project’s chosen charities. The portraits will be exhibited across multiple venues across central London and on train platforms across south east England – with more details to be announced soon.