Half the fun of going to see a play is getting to wait outside the stage door in the cold in the hopes of getting an autograph from your favorite stage star. Even if you didn't know their name before the you saw the show, the playbill provides a helpful list of the actors and their credits next to a photograph so you don't look silly. That's not really what happened for the audience of The Drowned Man in London on Tuesday night. Instead, Andrew Garfield decided to join the cast in a cameo role and give everyone a heart attack.
We already knew from how he plays his relationship with Emma Stone close to the chest that Garfield is a master of keeping secrets. If the black and white photos of him in full costume hadn't been posted to the venue's Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, would we have ever known that he'd appeared in the play? The Drowned Man is an interactive show from a British theater company called Punchdrunk, which takes place across several sets on which a cast of 40 are acting out a destructive love story. The main plot is carried out through a series of overlapping scenes with numerous supporting characters embellishing the details of the story while having side-stories of their own. Garfield joined the cast as one of those supporting characters.
Of course, it's far from the first time Garfield has ever appeared on stage. His last theater credit was on Broadway in 2012 when he portrayed Biff Loman in Death of a Salesman, a performance which got him nominated for a Tony Award, a Drama League Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. He's currently in the United Kingdom doing a promotional tour for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but his appearance in The Drowned Man could be an indication that we might see him back on stage at some point in the future.
At the moment, he'd slated to star in at least one more Spider-Man movie and a couple of other screen projects, but it's clear that the theater will always hold a special place for him. And if he can just turn up in the United Kingdom and pop into a cameo role whenever he wants to, then the theater has always got a special place for him, too.