Drawing: Terrible Advice at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Terrible Advice

TERRIBLE ADVICE premiered at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in the Winter of 2011 to critical acclaim. The debut play by Saul Rubinek, best-known as Daphane’s boyfriend in FRASIER was directed by Yoda, I mean Frank Oz, long-time collaborator of Jim Henson and the Jedi Master himself.

It was based on the premise that well-meaning friends are never slow to offer advice, but following it can ruin your life. The ‘well-meaning friends’ were Caroline Quentin, Scott Bakula, Andy Nyman and Sharon Horgan who I depicted in this biro sketch and guessed which of the exits they would choose to come out of the converted factory, 180 seater off-West End theatre and restaurant to get it signed. I guessed correctly.

Drawing: Neil Morrissey and Caroline Quentin in Relative Values at the Harold Pinter Theatre

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Neil Morrissey reunited with his men Behaving Badly co-star Caroline Quentin for the first time since the series ended 16 years ago.

He took over from Rory Bremner as the butler Crestwell in Noël Coward’s Relative Values revival for the final month of its run at the Harold Pinter theatre in London.

Caroline was already playing Moxie, a senior maid in the play about the clash between English aristocracy and Hollywood. It’s the same theatre Neil made his stage debut in Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman in 1988. I caught up with both of them last week at the Pinter Stage door where they were more than happy to sign the sketch.

Drawing: Caroline Quentin

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Caroline Quentin is best known as Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek, and as Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly, for which she won Best Actress at the 1995 British Comedy Awards. She won again in 2004 for her role in the TV film Von Trapped.

Caroline will head the cast of the satirical WWI  musical Oh What A Lovely War at the Theatre Royal Stratford East next year. She signed my sketch just before the final performance of Terrible Advice at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on 12 November 2011.