Here's a sobering statistic: 2,000 pubs closed during lockdown. Lost forever. The scale of that loss really struck me when I heard performer and (brilliant) poet Ben Norris recite it during The Choir of Man at the Arts Theatre. And, in fact, it's likely an underestimate.
Adrenaline still pumping as I type this! SIX The Musical was the undisputed hit of this year's Edinburgh Fringe and it's now transferred back to the West End's Arts Theatre for an extended run.
Knights of the Rose Q&A video and photos: Defining the new ‘rockspeare’ genre and celebrating understudies (sort of)
Wednesday afternoon, Jennifer Caldwell was working in the box office at the Arts Theatre. That night, with less than three hours' rehearsal, she was onstage playing one of the female leads.
I had my own Godotesque moment to start last night's Waiting for Godot Q&A. The stage was bare. Where were the chairs? Was anyone bringing chairs? How long would we be waiting for chairs? Did such things as chairs exist?
It's always a real privilege to have the playwright involved when you're chairing a post-show Q&A. But when the play is also based on the playwright's own best-selling memoir... When the memoir recounts his relationship with a legend like Lucille Ball... Well, that's extra special.
Just 11 months after I chaired my first post-show talk for Jon Brittain's Rotterdam - then at Trafalgar Studios for its West End premiere - and so much has changed. The play went on to win an Olivier Award and transfer to New York before now returning for its second West End run.
Most theatregoers will have only learned about Carl Peter Værnet from watching Claudio Macor's new play Savage, now running upstairs at the Arts Theatre. But the Nazi doctor from Denmark has played a large role in the life of LGBTI activist Peter Tatchell for decades.