Drawing: Charlotte Spencer in Love In Idleness

Charlotte Spencer

I drew BAFTA-nominated English actress Charlotte Spencer in her role as Christine Keeler in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical STEPHEN WARD, which she signed for me at the Aldwych Theatre back in 2013. She returned to the London stage earlier this year in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of Terrance Rattigan’s LOVE IN IDLENESS, which transferred to the Apollo in May, playing Diane Fletcher, the estranged ‘yet not entirely uncooperative wife” of Tory minister Siri John Fletcher. Charlotte also signed this drawing for me at the stage door.

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Drawing: Edward Bluemel in Love In Idleness

Edward Bluemel’s immediate family all have one thing in common, his mum is an Oxford physicist, his dad an Oxford chemist, his sister a Cambridge philosopher and his brother an Oxford classicist so when he decided not study at Oxbridge, opting instead for an acting career and studying at the Royal Welsh Academy. It was a bold move. But it has proved fruitful.

Since then the 24 year-old has appeared in numerous screen roles, most notably as the young aristocrat Toby Hamilton in the ITV ‘s drama THE HALCYON. This year he made his professional stage debut in Trevor Nunn’s revival of Terrance Rattigan’s LOVE IN IDLENESS at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, which transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End. It’s the third in Rattigan’s ‘war plays’ set in the same period as THE HALCYON, so Edward had a good reference. He played Michael a young evacuee who develops socialist tendencies while spending the war years in Canada. He returns home to his widowed mother who is now the mistress of a right wing government minister.

It’s a part Edward described as ‘a complete millennial snowflake.’ In her review for the Guardian, Kate Kellaway said, “Edward Bluemel is spot on as Michael” and Mark Shenton was equally impressed writing, “As that son, Edward Bluemel catches the arrogant sense of youthful entitlement with an appropriately irritating vigour.” I could up with Edward at the stage door after a matinee performance in May and he signed this sketch for me.