Just a bit of a miscellaneous, metaphorical desk tidying.
We’re disappointed with – as Alan Sugar would say – the bladdy lot of you. Except for Mary McM who indulged our whim and dutifully solved the first ever West End Whingers crossword.
Asked which of our prizes she would like to claim as a reward, Mary wrote “Off the top of my head – at the cocktail hour: Jay Rayner’s pen? A vegetable sculpture of Mr Hytner? A squeaky seat from the Old Vic? But if none of these are possible, your continued dispatches from the front stalls will be reward enough.”
Be careful what you wish for, Mary. And well done.
For those of you who attempted it and failed, the solution can now be found by clicking on the image above.
We seem to have inadvertently tapped a rich vein of enthusiasm through our recent mention of Jessie Royce Landis (left) and our idle musing that she would have made an excellent Gertrude in Mr Doran’s production of Hamlet.
Pat Miller approves of our choice of JRL for a fantasy production of Hamlet while Michael Sharpe exclaims, “Good Grief! I didn’t think anyone, other than myself, remembered Jessie Royce Landis. I can’t wait for you to drop Enid Stamp Taylor’s name.”
But back to JRL. Given the similarities in the Freudian themes between Hamlet and North By Northwest (not to mention the echo in Hamlet’s “I am but mad north-northwest; when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw”) it seems only logical to imagine a production of Hamlet with the following dream cast from the film:
Claudius/Old Claudius: James Mason
Hamlet: Cary Grant
Gertrude: Jessie Royce Landis
Polonius:Leo G Carroll
Ophelia: Eva Marie Saint
Laertes: Martin Landau
So there you are, a new parlour game for you to keep yourselves entertained while the Whingers take a well-earned break from all this self-imposed nonsense.
Above: Cary Grant as Hamlet and Jessie Royce Landis as Gertrude in the West End Whingers production of Hamlet.