More bitter disappointment for the West End Whingers this week.
It’s bad enough that the Queen’s birthday honours overlooked – yet again – the Whingers’ tireless and selfless services to theatre. How long do we have to keep doing this, for goodness’ sake, before we get what’s coming to us? It’s getting to the point where we may well have to settle for a couple of CBEs (even Des O’Connor has a CBE for heaven’s sake and he’s much younger than Phil).
But worse still, no new theatrical Dames of the British Empire.
It’s all very well giving OBEs to Chiwetel Ejiofor, Janet McTeer and playwright Roy Williams and a CBE to Tanika Gupta (although admittedly we haven’t actually heard of the last two; whither Dr Eldridge?) but where are the dames? We want dames. Bring on the dames.
So here are the people who – if you can imagine it – are entitled to feel even more disgruntled than the Whingers do:
- Margaret Tyzack and Penelope Wilton
- and just about everybody in Cranford, principally
- Imelda Staunton. Plus
- Julie Walters and
- Anne Reid
- etc etc
Andrew is also going to propose Bonnie Langford, should he ever get the chance to address HM on the matter. Phil will be happy with anyone from Coronation Street.
For you anagram fans out there, Chiwetel Ejoifor is an anagram of
- Chewier jet folio
- Rejoice, owl thief!
- Hot jewel orifice
- Ooh! We jilt fierce!
- Hi/lo wife ejector