Doctor: Push this lever and it’s over. Twenty thousand people.
- Doctor Who 4x02: The Fires Of Pompeii
Justin: And you’ve beat Billie Piper!
Catherine: Wiped her out!
Justin: You know more about Tennant than the Piper.
Catherine: I do!
Justin: That’s good, isn’t it?
- Catherine Tate on The Justin Lee Collins Show
Catherine Tate filming for
a mystery project an Alan Acykbourn special on 22 Aug 11 (Tues). It’s set to air in November on BBC One!
Boy oh boy. I know I always say that I love going to my favourite shows repeatedly to see how things change in between shows. Both in terms of subtle changes to an actor’s performance or line delivery (or in a musical, a different riff or belty note) but also for little fluff-ups. The way David once upset a drink all over the table during one scene and yelled SORRY! as he exited the stage, for instance.
But this entire performance of Much Ado was that way - and I wish it hadn’t been because omigod. Poor Catherine. Steve, the lovely man who handles stage door duties for the theatre, said after the performance that she wasn’t sick, just tired and having to stay in between shows to rehearse due to technical problems with the pulley system that usually hoists her sky-high two-thirds of the way through Act I. But I was in the third row at that show (which I know pretty darn well by now) and I’m quite sure Catherine was under the weather.
I’ll post all the details of the performance under the cut but I just needed to say that, after seeing this show, I’m more than ever a fan of this woman and her professionalism and talent. She was legit unwell, I personally have no doubt about that, but she soldiered on through the entire performance anyway. I swear to god she was still amazing, and still heartbreaking, and still devastatingly funny, however poorly she must have been feeling. Ugh she is the best and I am in awe of her forever.
"I remember a conversation with my parents about who the people on the TV were, and learning they were actors and they acted out this story and just thinking that was the most fantastic notion, and that’s what I want to do. And I remember understanding very clearly the difference between the fantasy and reality of that, and that making it even more exciting."
- David Tennant’s interview in The Guardian [x]
Because I just. I cannot. Basically I have spent the last week watching theatre like a maniac to fit in all the shows I want to see before I leave London - and so, over the past few days (and on top of my requisite returns to the Wyndham’s Theatre for more Much Ado), these are the legit famous people I’ve seen live:
Oh, and remember when I ridiculously wound up meeting Russell T Davies the night we were both watching Much Ado? Guess who was at the matinee performance of Butley today, sitting two rows behind me?
Yup. My life is insane.