The Whingers can always be relied upon to be at the centre of a storm.
But stumbling out of John Gabriel Borkman at the Donmar a few hours ago they decided to celebrate with a drink at a boite near the Garrick Theatre. Coinciding with the finishing time of Christopher Hampton’s Treats, supposedly starring Billie Piper, it was not long before a flurry of photographers were capturing an unknown (to the Whingers) young gal on the street outside their drinking hole.
Looking decidedly like the Treats programme photograph of Antonia Lewis (Piper’s understudy) she then entered said premises. Joined by a flurry of friends and stage crew who were toasting her with champagne, and a brief appearance by a solo Laurence Fox (Billie’s co-star and boyfriend) the Whingers can only come to one conclusion: Billie, after her well covered (in the press) night out was presumably missing her performance yet again. With only days to the opening night, the producers of Treats must be considering their contingency plans.
If we’re right (and as you know we’re not ones to gossip) just remember, you heard it here first.