Yes, sorry to be so imperative, not my usual style as you know well, er, you do know, don't you? Anyway, I would like you all - pretty please! - to read an excellent article in The Telegraph by Mick Brown based on a long lunch-interview with Sir Tom Stoppard. Regular readers will know - and have been bored stiff on numerous occasions - that next to 'old Will', himself, Stoppard is far and away my favourite playwright. I have been lucky enough to direct three of his plays and to have seen many more. Speaking as a rank amateur myself, I can say that his plays are so brilliant that even us amateurs have difficulty spoiling them! His wit, his intelligence and his unbelievably wide learning shine through no matter what we might do to his texts. It is a great pity that reading play scripts is not more widely practised. If you have just a little imagination you will be able to visualise the scenes and the characters who inhabit them and in fact by reading them you will be able to pause and savour the brilliance.
Do yourselves not one but two favours, read the interview and then buy a copy of 'Arcadia' and read it. By the way, did I mention that this is an order!