The League of Gentlemen
Story Part 2 (December 2002)
since I am a huge fan of The League of Gentlemen I couldn't resist on going to
see Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith live on stage in London.
The 3-man-play "Art" has interested me for quite some time and this
time I simply HAD to see it.
Before the show I had enough spare-time to search for the stagedoor, which is a little bit tricky to find since it's located on a different road. Of course I planned to meet the Gents after the show. A friend of mine had already told me that all 3 of them are very kind and will be out approximate 30 minutes after the show.
had a front row seat and had the chance to see everything very closely. It was
soooo great to sit right in front of the people you like that much and in that
theatre the front row is very close to the stage. Fortunately not many things
happened on the floor, because that would have been very difficult for me to see.
the show I went straight to the stagedoor. All day long there was nearly nice
weather for a change, but as things are, it was pouring down when I left the
theatre. Well, half an hour of rain isn't my cup of tea, so I tried to find some
shelter close to the stagedoor. I didn't reach the place I was planning to wait,
when Steve left the building. Unfortunately he couldn't see me and I wasn't very
fond of some kind of shouting. Before I completely realised what has happened
Reece was on his way home as well. So I went to the stagedoor really fast, to
have at least the chance to meet Mark. I first asked him if he had a few minutes
and when he said "of course" I told him that I came over from Germany
just to see the play. The first thing Mark did was to call Reece and Steve back.
They turned round and really returned to the stagedoor, although it was still
guess you can imagine that I was very nervous, everything was happening so fast
and unexpected. Just to make sure I won't forget it, I first handed over a
friend's photo to Mark to sign it for her. When Steve took a look at the photo
he recognised her and remembered that he had spoken with her some time ago. I
also bought the Christmas Special DVD the very same day and had the inlet of it
ready to be signed. All three of them signed it as well as a photo I printed at
home. When Mark saw the picture (Mickey and Pauline - take a look beneath) he
laughed and this was very cute somehow *sigh*.
was one thing I really liked to ask them which I did. For those who are not
aware of the show... during the second series and later in the Christmas Special
there is character, Herr Lipp, from Germany and there are large part just in
German with no extra translation and it's really, really well done. As I
expected Steve writes all the German lines and I told him that this is excellent
work. He kindly replied "Danke schön" which was very sweet.
Unfortunately it didn't come to my mind to tell them that I actually live near
Duisburg (home of the Lipp's). I'd like to see their reaction to that *gg*. I
asked them if they had heard about it, that the first two series were aired in a
dubbed version on German
telly and they really knew that. Mark said, that he
would like to see this and I replied that it's not so well done and that it's
totally different to it's origin.
you imagine that situation I was in :o)? To have the chance to talk to 3 of the
most gorgeous men all on my own who were so kind as to take some of their time
just to talk to me. It was so kind of them and I will remember this meeting for
a very long time. Mark and Steve both talked a lot with me, Reece was very quiet
that day, but also very kind. At the last moment 2 women found the way to the
stagedoor and asked for an autograph, but otherwise I was all alone with Mark,
Reece and Steve.
course I wasn't able to get a good night's sleep that night ;o). That was
something really special to me and you can't stop thinking and smiling about it.
During that time I realised that I forgot to take a picture. Bad luck *gg*. I
also remembered that there is a possibility to see 4 parts of The League
of Gentlemen on the network's site, which broadcast LoG in German. I could have
given that link to Mark.
next day I went to the former Half Price Ticket Booth at Leicester Square to see
if there are tickets left for any good play. I decided to see another play that
evening. There were only two plays that interested me: THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE (which
I had seen in 2001 in Liverpool before) and ART. So I had to decide which one I
was about to see again. It was a kind of easy decision. Of course I took the
chance to see Mark, Reece and Steve again on stage.
time I had a seat in row L where I could see very well, too. I had my camera and
the link to the network's (ProSieben) homepage with me that day. Just when
the play was finished I tried to rush out of the theatre as fast as possible. At
least it wasn't raining that evening. Reece left the theatre at first and I
asked him if I could take a picture. He said of course and while taking the
picture I told him that the audience was much better than the day before. He
replied that there were less people in the audience and that they really were
much better than the day before. Not long after Reece has left, Mark and Steve
both left the theatre and when I asked them if I was allowed to take a picture
they both hugged each other and it was so great to take such a lovely picture.
After the picture was taken I asked Mark if he is connected to the internet and
then gave him the link to the network. Unfortunately I didn't know the correct
one by heart and I explained to him that he just had to tape "League of
Gentlemen" and he will be able to find it then. He told me that he would
try it. Strangely enough I was all on my own again and so this time it ended
much earlier than the day before, but it was a real pleasure to talk to them
am kind of curious if Mark really took a look at the dubbed parts. If I ever
will get an answer to this, I will gladly put it on my site.
was my story, meeting the Gents. I won't forget this for a very long time and
it's amazing how kind the stars are. You just have to talk to them in a usual
way and don't try to do anything embarrassing ;o).
If you are daring you can take a look at the videos here.
(from left: Mark as Mickey and Steve as Pauline - Photo: ProSieben)
signed on December, 2 nd 2002 by Mark, Steve and Reece
Steve and Mark on December, 3 rd 2002 in London
Dani, I could hug you a thousand times for that one :o)!!!
|Reece on December, 3 rd 2002 in London|
signed on December, 2 nd 2002 by Mark, Reece and Steve