I had a lovely evening last night seeing my gorgeous friend Giles in the lead role playing cookery writer Nigel Slater in Toast at the Other Palace Theatre. He was so good, can’t recommend the play highly enough, can definitely see why it’s had several five star reviews, including from the The Sunday Times. It’s only on for another week or so in London and then it’s off on nationwide tour til the end of the year. If you have the chance to see it do! For more details follow the link below:
I’ve never read Oscar Wilde’s only novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ always meant to, but somehow never quite got round to it. So when my friend invited to me see this new stage adaption of the novel I was intrigued. It’s sometimes easier to watch a play than read the book and anyway I knew the main gist of it. To avoid his beauty fading Dorian Grey sells his soul in order that a portrait painted of him ages rather than himself. The play was performed at the Jermyn St Theatre, I’d not been to this particularly theatre before, but it’s tiny and makes for a very intimate performance. The play only had 4 actors and a somewhat basic set. Certainly not the usual slick West End type production, that saying that it was well acted and I did enjoy it and it has definitely inspired me to finally read the novel.
I absolutely adore ramen. It’s one of my favourite things in the world to eat. It’s so delicious and comforting, even thinking about it now I’m salivating. I get proper cravings for it. If you’ve got a cold or feeling a bit under the weather there’s honestly very little better than a hot steaming bowl of ramen. There’s now handily many great ramen restaurant in London to choose from, however my absolute favourite has to be Tonkotsu. I’ve tried loads of different places, but I always end up coming back here. They’re famous for their tonkotsu ramen that the restaurant is named after. They enrich their broth with extra lardo and it’s just the best. Invariably I almost always go for it, though their chicken ramen is also great. They’ve got several different branches across London now. The one in Selfridges Food Hall is particularly useful after a hard day’s shopping in the West End. I do wish they had non-mushroom gyoza on the menu there though as they have in their other branches. Also worth picking up while you’re in the restaurant is a jar of their delicious ‘Eat the bits’ chilli oil which is delicious to keep at home and used to add spice to just about anything.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is another book I read as a teenager while at school. When it was first adapted for the stage at the National I was really keen to see it, particularly after it got such rave reviews. However I just never seemed to get round to it. It transferred to the West End, opened on Broadway, went on a nationwide tour and yet still I never got round to seeing it. Anyway finally I saw that it was about to close and thought I really should get my arse in gear and see it. So I booked tickets with my friend Rup to see it. I’d vaguely remembered most of the basic story of the play, but there was still some nice surprises in the play of things that I’d forgotten, including who crucially who killed the dog. The play was beautifully staged and I enjoyed it. Really glad that I finally got to see it. Make sure you stay for the end where they explain the maths problem.
Another Edinburgh show that I didn’t get the chance to watch in Edinburgh. It’s been a sell out every year at the fringe for five years running. So got to see in London. It’s an entirely improvised play done in the style of a Jane Austen novel. The whole cast is in full regency costume and there’s a live musical accompaniment. The title of the play is set by the audience that night, so no play is ever exactly the same. I love a bit of improv and this is probably one of the most professional and well done versions there is. Some well known comedians among the cast as well, including Rachel Parris and Cariad Lloyd. The show was very funny, really enjoyed it.