Much has been made of how the two girls in the Zoffany painting inspired my writing of Belle. As important to me was the invisible third person in the painting, the man who put them there in terms of such equality: Lord Chief Justice Lord Mansfield. From the outset I went in search of the historical Lord Mansfield and I found him between two judgements....
This week has been brought to you by coffee. Also the occasional Berocca and multiple bacon sandwiches from Stoke's Zest Cafe, but mainly coffee.
The stage adaptation of Wolf Hall is extraordinary. It's dark, absorbing, full of intrigue and historical detail. Yet it is also pacey, at times even funny. And incredibly it even feels modern and fresh.
There were not enough ladies loos. There never are enough ladies loos, yet in this case it was particularly problematic. In this production of 1984, there would be no admission after the curtain rose.
Well, after our week long break, the audiences of Sunderland were an absolute delight! Despite the town seeming incredibly quiet, in fact almost deserted on the rare occasions I made it out and about, the responses in the theatre were rowdy, raucous and utterly roof-raising!
Actor Jimmy Akingbola has been a stage an screen regular for years, making his mark in BBC cop drama Holby Blue (when we first had a phone chat). Sinc...
In this play, an older Darrow (Kevin Spacey) is packing up his office, reflecting on his life, experiences and the choices that he made as he puts the papers and memorabilia of his past into boxes.
The Annie Get Your Gun company have had a week long break from the show due to the scheduling of the various venues and I'm absolutely itching to get back on the stage and back with the team.
Brighton Fringe is coming into its own as a festival in its own right and within Brighton itself. With the growth of major pop-up venues the Warren and the Brighton Pleasure Garden, there is a new physical presence in town, creating a market that hadn't existed before down here.
I'm older and wiser and I know what I want now, so I'm sticking it out. I'm giving it a go. London, know that I love you and if Ukip become a genuine threat to us I would jump on a plane in a second to protest, but I just wanted to update you on what I'm up to right now, starting from scratch and living in Los Angeles.
The first complete week of the Annie Get Your Gun tour is now under our belts and we're all off home for the well deserved, if somewhat surprising, holiday week that our schedule now provides.
Waiting Room has five 'orchestra alones' - each one, two and a half hours long. That might sound like a lot, but for well over 80 minutes of music, it doesn't actually equate to many run-throughs, let alone detailed examinations, of the nineteen movements that correspond to the different choreographic scenes.
Over four nights, Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning 'swords and sandals' epic brought to life by the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Film Orchestra and the Philharmonic chorus. Did you even know there were so many sections of this musical brand? Incredible!
On Friday, 23 May 2014, Anoushka Shankar, a Grammy-nominated Indian Sitar player performed at the Royal Festival Hall, London, to a fully occupied audience of around nine hundred.
Hopefully, that last question is the one that most writers keep in their minds above all. We hope that if we make it true and we make it well, it will chime a chord with people enough to do the rest.
It's the end of a very long week in Manchester and I'm soaking in a very hot bath at 6pm because, well frankly because I can! This week the Annie Get Your Gun team hit the road and moved the production from our rehearsal rooms in North London to Manchester's Opera House Theatre.