What with Richard Jones's version of Rodelinda at the English National Opera on Tuesday, and Jonathan Kent's production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People at the Hampstead Theatre last night, I have had a very absorbing week in the theatre.
Central to Good People was a virtuoso performance by a great actress, Imelda Staunton. Well known to Harry Potter fans (well at least to my 10 year old) as Professor Dolores Umbridge, she can be seen As Rose in Gypsy at Chichester later this year - she is the most versatile and commanding of figures. A real treat - and she was backed up by the terrific small cast of this Boston Irish drama, including a stunning performance from June Watson as Dottie.
This evening there is music - at the Garrick where the Castanea Trio will play Haydn, Schubert and Ravel. And then I am sure I will have a fine end of the week dinner at the club.