You see, People, when you live a clean life, er, like me, the Lord smiles upon you, as he did on me today, providing a brilliantly sunny day for a leisurely drive past Midsomer Norton - pheeew, nobody tried to murder me! - and then into the elegant environs of Georgian Bath and finally to the entrance portico of The Bath Priory where a delicious pot of coffee and biscuits awaited. (Hint for all you proles: if you find yourself anywhere near Bath, you know, like New York or Melbourne, then make the effort to visit The Priory. Elegant rooms, pretty gardens and superb service. (There, that should earn me a bit of discount next time I go!)
From there, we took a taxi down to the Italian restaurant right next door to the Theatre Royal. Having lunched "not wisely but too well", we tottered into the theatre and took our seats in the Royal Circle - well, natch! - in order to see a production of The Play That Goes Wrong, and that is when things started to go wrong, I mean, really and truly wrong! But of course, it was meant to, and it was hilarious, and just when you thought it cannot get much 'wronger' - it did! I haven't laughed so much in a theatre since Michael Frayn's side-splitter Noises Off.
As a rank amateur I have often admired the pros doing their stuff on truly difficult, testing and deadly serious plays but watching this lot, as they dis-proved the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics which states, of course, (as you all know) that in a closed system without an injection of work and/or energy, chaos ensues (or something like that). These brilliant and highly professional actors injected more energy than the sun expels and yet ... and yet ... chaos reigned supreme!
It was superb and very, very funny. It is on tour now after a year in the West End and if it comes anywhere near you then beg, borrow or steal a ticket! From now until August it will be playing at:
Newcastle, Coventry, Colchester, Cheltenham, Sheffield, Poole, Salisbury, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Cardiff, Cambridge, Aberdeen, Stoke on Trent, Eastbourne, Exeter, Leeds, Llandudno, Salford Keys, Norwich, Birmingham, Dublin, Nottingham, Southampton, Malvern, Plymouth, Canterbury.