Wednesday, 11 June 2014
It's not that often that London theatregoers give a real standing ovation but when we do, we mean it - and Kevin Spacey deserved every heartfelt Bravo when he brought the Old Vic audience to its feet this afternoon. Great performance of a fascinating play and an episode of American legal/labour history that was new to me.
(People are queuing for day seats from 7.30am, but I noticed a handful of empty seats and a woman I chatted to in the bar said she'd turned up on the off-chance and got a return.)
At the end, Kevin Spacey looked quite drained - and to think he had it all to do again in the evening.
I know it's not the same, but this isn't the first time that Spacey has played Clarence Darrow - and you can still find an old American Playhouse drama on YouTube. Haven't watched it myself so I'm not promising that it's all there.
On the way home I stopped off for cocktails in the garden at the new Keeper's House at the Royal Academy ... and decided it's my new favourite place to meet friends on a summer evening. Funny how one cocktail's never enough, and the second one ... oh dear, should know better at my age.