Hi to everyone I met up with yesterday..ducatilady,Chi Chi, gosh&crikey, baggie, chatterbox, jrtpatch & spitting bunny![hope i haven't missed anyone out?!]
What a fantastic
day we all had! Seeing the play for the 2nd time I realised how much I'd missed 1st time round [too busy gazing at the closeness of JRT 1st time & not concentrating on the play!!]
. It really is all pretty intense but all 4 of the actors were truly superb, but I do have to single out Tom Hollander who was just terrific....not that JRT wasn't
,but Tom was
playing the central character & was superb.
Ducatilady & I chatted to Jason & Tom before the performance & I just
missed catching Pippa dashing in early! As I turned round from talking to Jason, Ducatilady had waylaid Michelle who seemed genuinely surprised that we'd spotted her! Well done Rita..you have eyes in the back of your head! We later saw her in the audience with her husband, Jack Davenport & their friend Andrew Lincoln ['Egg' in This Life].
As we've all said, Julian coming out & having photos taken afterwards, chatting & signing things was the icing on the cake! He looked very well, faintly tanned & seemed much more at ease at meeting all of us now. Maybe it helped that there were only a few of us & that we all behaved like the mature adults we are!? He was interested to hear what we all thought of the play & how many times we'd been/were going to see it. I asked about his future projects & he said that apart from the Miss Marple that ought to be on tv sometime in the not too distant future, he'd be waiting for offers from producers/directors etc if they were kind enough to employ him [God who wouldn't?!!!] .
He also said he'd quite like to take a holiday which we all agreed he richly
deserved after the hectic year or so he's had. Almost on cue his mobile rang & he had to go & answer it so we tactfully left him in peace.
After Sylvia & Penni joined us in Pizza Express for dinner, Rita & Eve[ her friend over from N York] & I went off to see Michelle in Boeing Boeing, which was truly excellent. Michelle was just soooo funny & very OTT..the 'Cherman' accent was a hoot, & it's a wonder she has any
voice left after that performance! It was a very
funny play & Frances de la Tour who played the maid, somewhat in the style of 'Mrs Overall' , stole the show! Walking into the theatre just ahead of us was the Duke of Kent too! In the audience we spotted Glynis Barber [we think
it was her anyway..ex Demsey & Makepeace] , Bill Bailey& Neil Stuke from 'Game On'.
Whilst waiting to get our programmes signed at the Stage Door afterwards, Rita spoke briefly to Jack Davenport. We also saw Tamzin Outhwaite & Mark Rylance [in the play with Michelle] & her fiance Tom Ellis, also Bill Bailey chatting to Jessica Stevenson, Tara Fitzgerald was also spotted. Rita please add anyone else if I've missed them off...I was a bit star struck by this time!!
What a remarkable day/night! However JRT really made my
day just perfect!!
MUST go & do some work now!!!
" A few very charming ladies down at my Dad's whist drive have been very kind (average age 75-93). My brother is the headmaster of a special school and I know some of his dinner ladies have been very kind to me as well. "