Drawing: Andrew Scott in Hamlet

After a sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Richard Icke’s acclaimed adaption of Shakespeare’s HAMLET transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End in June with BAFTA and double Olivier-winner Andrew Scott as the Danish Prince.

In her five-star Guardian review, Kate Kellaway called the production “an all-consuming marvel. Andrew Scott’s prince proves a brilliant communicator.”

Andrew signed my drawing for me after I left it at the stage door.

Drawing: Andrew Scott, David Dawson and Joanna Vanderham in The Dazzle

The Dazzle

The top floor of the derelict Central St Martins School of Art on London’s Charing Cross road is an intriguing space and home to the fledgling theatre venue called Found 111. It’s the site-specific for the UK debut of Tony-winner Richard Greenberg’s THE DAZZLE, the  American Gothic story of the real-life Collyer Brothers whose retreat from society to their Fifth Avenue Harlem apartment along with 136 ton of junk including 14 grand pianos.

The reclusive eccentrics and compulsive hoarders made national headlines when their dead bodies were found under sordid, booby-trapped piles of clutter in 1947. Their ‘folie a deux’ has a name – disposophobia – a fear of getting rid of stuff, known as the ‘hoarding disorder’.

SHERLOCK and SPECTRE star, Andrew Scott  and LUTHER and RIPPER STREET’s David Dawson play Langley and Homer respectively. They are joined by Joanna Vanderham from TV’s BANISHED, as Milly, the beautiful guest whose arrival throws their lives into sharp focus. Michael Billington from The Guardian described the performances, “Both actors are hypnotic and the exquisite Joanna Vanderham radiates a damaged sensuality.”

The season, which finishes at the end of this month is sold out, but returns are available resulting in a daily queue running the length of the frontage and beyond. It’s also on one of London’s busiest pedestrian routes, so one has to be on one’s guard to get one’s drawing signed by the three cast members going in. This is the reason it took me two days to achieve the three graphs on one’s sketch.

Drawing: Andrew Scott, Lisa Dillon and Tom Burke in Design for Living

Design for Living

Initially banned in the UK, Noël Coward’s 1932 provocative, witty, dark, bisexual comedy Design For Living had a major revival at London’s Old Vic in the Winter of 2010.

Directed by Old Vic Associate and Tony Award winner Anthony Page, the production featured Tom Burke (Otto), Lisa Dillon (Gilda) and Andrew Scott (Leo) as the menage-a-trois in this three act, two interval play.

Otto is a painter, Leo is a playwright and Gilda is an interior designer. The lines of engagement are: Gilda lives with artist Otto, but is equally drawn to playwright Leo. The two men, however, have enjoyed intimacy that predates Gilda.

Critic Michael Billington said, “the play offers a genuine contest between the bohemian talentocracy and moral orthodoxy. It is an attack on bourgeois stuffiness.”

As Leo puts it, “I love you. You love me. You love Otto. I love Otto. Otto loves you. Otto loves me,” providing the basis for the play’s plot convolutions.