The 2018 Olivier Awards, Royal Albert Hall

April 8th, 2018.

Well, it's that time of year again : time to go to a major London awards ceremony, grab a wristband, take upwards of 3000 photos and then admit sheepishly to myself or anyone who asks that unless they were also in a movie, I know almost nobody I'm photographing. I am, indeed a fraud. Two years ago, I saw just one (1) play in London, and last year I celebrated by reducing my count.

Still... I'm here and I passed the mandatory sniffer dog and bag check, and just to make things interesting it seems the majority of Wireimage's staff of photographers are at that Avengers Infinity War thing that's happening elsewhere in London, so I've got next to no help when it comes to tagging and identifying people afterwards.

Oh, and it's raining. Here's how it went down:

 Just like    last year,    the Olivier Awards are being held at Royal Albert Hall. But whereas last year's was a stunning and warm day; today I think I'll be looking for a spot on the stairs just in case The Floodwaters rise.

Just like last year, the Olivier Awards are being held at Royal Albert Hall. But whereas last year's was a stunning and warm day; today I think I'll be looking for a spot on the stairs just in case The Floodwaters rise.

 I have a spot, and after the dust settles and security assure me that I don't have a (f**king) choice of pen, even if it means people who arrived and got wristbands after me get front row in a pen I'd prefer to be in..... I have a second-row spot to call my own. Hey, nobody said Theatre was fair. Except the Olivier Awards. Those are very fair.

I have a spot, and after the dust settles and security assure me that I don't have a (f**king) choice of pen, even if it means people who arrived and got wristbands after me get front row in a pen I'd prefer to be in..... I have a second-row spot to call my own. Hey, nobody said Theatre was fair. Except the Olivier Awards. Those are very fair.

 My view to the bottom of the stairs is well within range of my camera's zoom, but only if there are no umbrellas blocking my view. (Did I mention it rained for pretty much the whole event?)

My view to the bottom of the stairs is well within range of my camera's zoom, but only if there are no umbrellas blocking my view. (Did I mention it rained for pretty much the whole event?)

  "The fact that it's raining and you're attaching wires to me.... that's not a problem or anything, is it?"  Our hosts for this evening are, fortunately for them, standing under a plastic marquee.

"The fact that it's raining and you're attaching wires to me.... that's not a problem or anything, is it?" Our hosts for this evening are, fortunately for them, standing under a plastic marquee.

  "Hey, you're no Theatreist. What are you doing here??".  I know so little about theatre I don't even know what the collective noun for a group of afficionados is. Not in English, or in Italian, which is the language most of the highly knowledgeable and excitable girls in front of me are speaking.

"Hey, you're no Theatreist. What are you doing here??". I know so little about theatre I don't even know what the collective noun for a group of afficionados is. Not in English, or in Italian, which is the language most of the highly knowledgeable and excitable girls in front of me are speaking.

 Some of the cast of the musical Hamilton. Or so I am assured. The play won 7 awards on the night, so I want to make sure I photograph as many people as possible, for the likelihood that they, like everyone else, eventually sells out to Disney and gets roles in Star Wars or a Marvel film.

Some of the cast of the musical Hamilton. Or so I am assured. The play won 7 awards on the night, so I want to make sure I photograph as many people as possible, for the likelihood that they, like everyone else, eventually sells out to Disney and gets roles in Star Wars or a Marvel film.

 Some of the same cast of the same musical, equally assured.  (edited to add : I think the man in side-profile in this and the previous photo is Giles Terera, who won best actor in a musical on the night)

Some of the same cast of the same musical, equally assured. (edited to add : I think the man in side-profile in this and the previous photo is Giles Terera, who won best actor in a musical on the night)

  "If you're photographing me just 'cause I'm black and Hamilton is nominated for 11 Oliviers, then that's pretty racist. Although... it's a pretty awesome musical" .

"If you're photographing me just 'cause I'm black and Hamilton is nominated for 11 Oliviers, then that's pretty racist. Although... it's a pretty awesome musical".

  "I don't regret wearing this dress... in this length... in this weather... but I am pissed that you declined to dress in a matching style".  This is Christine Allado... and one day this week I might do the requisite research to determine her connection to this event. (edited to add : she's in HAMILTON!)

"I don't regret wearing this dress... in this length... in this weather... but I am pissed that you declined to dress in a matching style". This is Christine Allado... and one day this week I might do the requisite research to determine her connection to this event. (edited to add : she's in HAMILTON!)

  "You like it? It's not for sale. Also, please don't take a high resolution photo and send it to an overseas design-and-manufacture sweatshop to make cheap copies of...."

"You like it? It's not for sale. Also, please don't take a high resolution photo and send it to an overseas design-and-manufacture sweatshop to make cheap copies of...."

 Elsewhere in London, a private red carpet was being trod by a small portion of the Avengers Infinity Wars cast to showcase 30mins of footage from the movie for select fans. If you weren't part of that, you can probably assume it's because Marvel are Arrogant, and Hate you. But still want you to buy tickets to the movie.

Elsewhere in London, a private red carpet was being trod by a small portion of the Avengers Infinity Wars cast to showcase 30mins of footage from the movie for select fans. If you weren't part of that, you can probably assume it's because Marvel are Arrogant, and Hate you. But still want you to buy tickets to the movie.

 Meera Syal is (thanks to wikipedia) an MBE and a British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress.  I meanwhile, can not even claim to be British.

Meera Syal is (thanks to wikipedia) an MBE and a British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress.  I meanwhile, can not even claim to be British.

 I don't know who this is, and that saddens me greatly. The badge on her dress says "TIME'S UP", just in case you wanted to know. I checked. To... find out what it says.

I don't know who this is, and that saddens me greatly. The badge on her dress says "TIME'S UP", just in case you wanted to know. I checked. To... find out what it says.

 Ophelia Lovibond (in red) accepted the best supporting actress award on behalf of Denise Gough for Angels in America. She (and several actresses) it was reported brought female activists as their +1 to their event, (in her case Marai Larasi). I did not bring a female activist with me as my +1, but if it helps I do tend to think of my Nikon as being intrinsically female

Ophelia Lovibond (in red) accepted the best supporting actress award on behalf of Denise Gough for Angels in America. She (and several actresses) it was reported brought female activists as their +1 to their event, (in her case Marai Larasi). I did not bring a female activist with me as my +1, but if it helps I do tend to think of my Nikon as being intrinsically female

  "Of course I love the theatre. Can't you tell by my bow tie??"  Meanwhile, foreground : Summer Strallen. With thanks again to wikipedia, she's currently in the musical "Young Frankenstein" and has also played Maria von Trapp in the theatre musical The Sound of Music.

"Of course I love the theatre. Can't you tell by my bow tie??" Meanwhile, foreground : Summer Strallen. With thanks again to wikipedia, she's currently in the musical "Young Frankenstein" and has also played Maria von Trapp in the theatre musical The Sound of Music.

 I don't know who this is, but you know the rule about photography, bow ties and theatre events : take the photo first, confess to a complete and humiliating lack of knowledge second.  (edited to add : he's Michael Jibson, and he won best supporting actor in a musical for Hamilton)

I don't know who this is, but you know the rule about photography, bow ties and theatre events : take the photo first, confess to a complete and humiliating lack of knowledge second. (edited to add : he's Michael Jibson, and he won best supporting actor in a musical for Hamilton)

 I'm even doubling down on photographs of this gentleman : the Italian girls in front of me were very excited to get selfies with him, and I've decided to use their apparent expertise, coupled with my aforementioned Bow Tie Theory, as the basis for my photography today.  (edited to add : I am pleased to have doubled down)

I'm even doubling down on photographs of this gentleman : the Italian girls in front of me were very excited to get selfies with him, and I've decided to use their apparent expertise, coupled with my aforementioned Bow Tie Theory, as the basis for my photography today. (edited to add : I am pleased to have doubled down)

 Please wake me when Queen Latifah plays Winston Churchill in a new biopic under what I assume is the charter of the 50:50 AER organisastion. Because I'd get out of bed for that.

Please wake me when Queen Latifah plays Winston Churchill in a new biopic under what I assume is the charter of the 50:50 AER organisastion. Because I'd get out of bed for that.

 Jamie Campbell is... wearing a dress and earrings and signing autographs with cheerful abandon. Research reveals that he's the inspiration (indeed the titular real life Jamie) behind the musical "Everyone's Talking About Jamie"

Jamie Campbell is... wearing a dress and earrings and signing autographs with cheerful abandon. Research reveals that he's the inspiration (indeed the titular real life Jamie) behind the musical "Everyone's Talking About Jamie"

  "This umbrella isn't to keep the rain off me : have you seen how light my skin is? It's to protect me from the sun even when it's overcast"  - John McCrea is, conveniently, in the musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie.

"This umbrella isn't to keep the rain off me : have you seen how light my skin is? It's to protect me from the sun even when it's overcast" - John McCrea is, conveniently, in the musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie.

 Tracie Bennett has won no less than two Olivier Awards in the past, both for best supporting role in a musical. And if you think I know that off the top of my head, let me tell you about The Internet, and how all the kids are talking about it. Or tweeting. Or sending emojis or what have you.

Tracie Bennett has won no less than two Olivier Awards in the past, both for best supporting role in a musical. And if you think I know that off the top of my head, let me tell you about The Internet, and how all the kids are talking about it. Or tweeting. Or sending emojis or what have you.

 I don't know who this is, but the Italian girls in front of me managed to get him to commit to return to sign and take selfies with them, and were persuasive enough that this worked. Note to self : Italian girls are persuasive.

I don't know who this is, but the Italian girls in front of me managed to get him to commit to return to sign and take selfies with them, and were persuasive enough that this worked. Note to self : Italian girls are persuasive.

  "Take a photo of us! We're ever so zany!" -  the Italian girls in front of me weren't excited, and I was taking my lead from them. Still... a bow tie and an umbrella not blocking my view of proceedings is always appreciated.

"Take a photo of us! We're ever so zany!" - the Italian girls in front of me weren't excited, and I was taking my lead from them. Still... a bow tie and an umbrella not blocking my view of proceedings is always appreciated.

 I don't know who this is, but if you put your hair into a double-helix, you get photographed. That's a rule I'll stick to even outside on the streets, nowhere near theatre award shows

I don't know who this is, but if you put your hair into a double-helix, you get photographed. That's a rule I'll stick to even outside on the streets, nowhere near theatre award shows

 I'm given to understand that this gentleman used to host some kind of game show in the 1990s? Okay....  I'll post his photo. But only because he's wearing a white suit jacket.

I'm given to understand that this gentleman used to host some kind of game show in the 1990s? Okay....  I'll post his photo. But only because he's wearing a white suit jacket.

 I don't know who she is but she was interviewed, and she was wearing one of those dresses that look like they're some kind of billowing curtain fabric but of the kind that really doesn't take well to water.

I don't know who she is but she was interviewed, and she was wearing one of those dresses that look like they're some kind of billowing curtain fabric but of the kind that really doesn't take well to water.

  "And now the lens flare is BEHIND my camera? Damn these new smartphone cameras are hard to get the hang of..."

"And now the lens flare is BEHIND my camera? Damn these new smartphone cameras are hard to get the hang of..."

 Lesley Manville was nominated for best actress (for which she's won an Olivier Award before). However, in a different entertainment genre, she was also nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar this year for PTA's "Phantom Thread".

Lesley Manville was nominated for best actress (for which she's won an Olivier Award before). However, in a different entertainment genre, she was also nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar this year for PTA's "Phantom Thread".

  "That guy's still behind me, right? The courts have told him he's not allowed to, but he doesn't listen" . Imogen Poots is best known as an actress, in such things as the pretty awesome and underrated "Green Room" (2015)

"That guy's still behind me, right? The courts have told him he's not allowed to, but he doesn't listen". Imogen Poots is best known as an actress, in such things as the pretty awesome and underrated "Green Room" (2015)

  "That network of veins across my chest is a weird thing to mention in that comment you're going to write".  That Awkward Moment (2014), appropriately, is another movie Imogen Poots has been in .

"That network of veins across my chest is a weird thing to mention in that comment you're going to write". That Awkward Moment (2014), appropriately, is another movie Imogen Poots has been in .

 Close range! Apparently she was the little girl (?) in the original (?) Les Miserables. I'll take those Italian Girls' word for it.

Close range! Apparently she was the little girl (?) in the original (?) Les Miserables. I'll take those Italian Girls' word for it.

  "If you write even one halfway cynical thing about the Time's Up movement, be aware you might have half the planet's population against you ". Sure, but how would that be different to any other day?

"If you write even one halfway cynical thing about the Time's Up movement, be aware you might have half the planet's population against you". Sure, but how would that be different to any other day?

 Is it about the look of stunned shock in the foreground, or the recipient of a pretty amazing medal in the background? Actually, it's the moire pattern on the dude's suit jacket.

Is it about the look of stunned shock in the foreground, or the recipient of a pretty amazing medal in the background? Actually, it's the moire pattern on the dude's suit jacket.

  "Still taking those 'on suspicion of being in Hamilton' photos, huh?"  Who... me? Erm... no.

"Still taking those 'on suspicion of being in Hamilton' photos, huh?" Who... me? Erm... no.

 Identification (or takedown notice) pending. (Edited to add : She's Laura Donnelly, and she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress!)

Identification (or takedown notice) pending.
(Edited to add : She's Laura Donnelly, and she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress!)

 Another one of the people the Italian girls in front of me were very exited to see. I've decided trust Italian girls where theatre is concerned. (Yes, even London theatre)

Another one of the people the Italian girls in front of me were very exited to see. I've decided trust Italian girls where theatre is concerned. (Yes, even London theatre)

   "OMG! I know this is theatre and I'm meant to be totally understated but that man's hand appears to be FREAKISHLY HUGE!!"  . In other momentous news, Wireimage has finally come through for once and identified the lady as Danielle Hope.

"OMG! I know this is theatre and I'm meant to be totally understated but that man's hand appears to be FREAKISHLY HUGE!!". In other momentous news, Wireimage has finally come through for once and identified the lady as Danielle Hope.

 Excitingly, we might be getting to the part in the proceedings where the 'bigger' name arrivals start... arriving. I know Sergei Polunin - not for theatre, but because he was in    Kenneth Branagh's 'Murder on the Orient Express'    which had its World Premiere last year... also at the Royal Albert Hall.

Excitingly, we might be getting to the part in the proceedings where the 'bigger' name arrivals start... arriving. I know Sergei Polunin - not for theatre, but because he was in Kenneth Branagh's 'Murder on the Orient Express' which had its World Premiere last year... also at the Royal Albert Hall.

  "I know you're wondering : is it that I'm short or that guy next to me is incredibly tall? I'm not telling - #KeepThe Mystery"  Leanne Cope is per wikipedia, a ballet and theatre artist.

"I know you're wondering : is it that I'm short or that guy next to me is incredibly tall? I'm not telling - #KeepThe Mystery" Leanne Cope is per wikipedia, a ballet and theatre artist.

  "Awww... come on, stop making me sign stuff from 'Sherlock' and stuff where I'm   'C' from Spectre  "  - Andrew Scott is perhaps best known for both of those things, but on this night he was a nominee for best actor for "Hamlet".

"Awww... come on, stop making me sign stuff from 'Sherlock' and stuff where I'm 'C' from Spectre" - Andrew Scott is perhaps best known for both of those things, but on this night he was a nominee for best actor for "Hamlet".

  "We can get people in the crowd to hold up their umbrellas even higher if you want"  Jez Butterworth won an Olivier award on the night as writer of the best new play "The Ferryman" (I'd photographed him looking much more startled at    last year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards   )

"We can get people in the crowd to hold up their umbrellas even higher if you want" Jez Butterworth won an Olivier award on the night as writer of the best new play "The Ferryman" (I'd photographed him looking much more startled at last year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards)

 .... I don't know who this is, but he's endorsed by Italian Girls worldwide (or at least the 3-4 around me), and that's good enough for me.

.... I don't know who this is, but he's endorsed by Italian Girls worldwide (or at least the 3-4 around me), and that's good enough for me.

 Although perhaps best known (okay... by me...) for being in several Harry Potter movies as well as Shakespeare in Love and Maleficent, Imelda Staunton has won one Olivier Award for Best Actress and another THREE for Best Actress in a Musical.

Although perhaps best known (okay... by me...) for being in several Harry Potter movies as well as Shakespeare in Love and Maleficent, Imelda Staunton has won one Olivier Award for Best Actress and another THREE for Best Actress in a Musical.

  "Please don't two-finger point at me. I'm not in tune with today's youth, and I have no idea what it means".  Alfred Molina : best known as the kid who throws Indiana Jones The Whip in exchange for The Idol in the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and as Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2.

"Please don't two-finger point at me. I'm not in tune with today's youth, and I have no idea what it means". Alfred Molina : best known as the kid who throws Indiana Jones The Whip in exchange for The Idol in the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and as Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2.

 Possibly not in the musical 'Hamilton', but I respect the intense stare, and would like to borrow it to gain access to closed-invite Marvel and Disney premieres and events, if that's okay.

Possibly not in the musical 'Hamilton', but I respect the intense stare, and would like to borrow it to gain access to closed-invite Marvel and Disney premieres and events, if that's okay.

  "Okay, you sign as me and I'll sign as you" . The Italians in front of me sometimes seem happy just to be in proximity to famous (?) theatre people - they'd probably accept this compromise. (Also : I don't know who they are)

"Okay, you sign as me and I'll sign as you". The Italians in front of me sometimes seem happy just to be in proximity to famous (?) theatre people - they'd probably accept this compromise. (Also : I don't know who they are)

 Ciaran Hinds is possibly best known for being the villain Steppenwolf in the 'Justice League' movie, which basically nobody saw and even less people cared about (and for which there was no premiere) and for which nobody blames him because DC are crap. But point is, he's a really nice guy a very good actor and among other things, he played Dumbledore's brother in the last two Harry Potter films.

Ciaran Hinds is possibly best known for being the villain Steppenwolf in the 'Justice League' movie, which basically nobody saw and even less people cared about (and for which there was no premiere) and for which nobody blames him because DC are crap. But point is, he's a really nice guy a very good actor and among other things, he played Dumbledore's brother in the last two Harry Potter films.

 Passing by Ciaran Hinds is Shirley Henderson, arguably best known for being Moaning Mirtle across a few Harry Potter films, but she won Best Actress in a Musical on the night.

Passing by Ciaran Hinds is Shirley Henderson, arguably best known for being Moaning Mirtle across a few Harry Potter films, but she won Best Actress in a Musical on the night.

  "Wait a minute. I just figured out a third, fifth and tenth thing I could be doing that's more satisfying than signing that piece of paper you're holding in front of me...."

"Wait a minute. I just figured out a third, fifth and tenth thing I could be doing that's more satisfying than signing that piece of paper you're holding in front of me...."

  "It was straight when I got out of the car.... but then it rained and... well... as you can see, no way I'm going to be able to be wearing a baseball cap tonight"  Identified as : Beverley Knight, singer.

"It was straight when I got out of the car.... but then it rained and... well... as you can see, no way I'm going to be able to be wearing a baseball cap tonight" Identified as : Beverley Knight, singer.

  "That's a cool poster, but I was never in Star Wars"  Chita Rivera is famous for being in the original Broadway cast of 'Chicago', and was also in the 2002 movie. She's been nominated for 10 Tony Awards (the US Version of the Oliviers, I take it...), winning two.

"That's a cool poster, but I was never in Star Wars" Chita Rivera is famous for being in the original Broadway cast of 'Chicago', and was also in the 2002 movie. She's been nominated for 10 Tony Awards (the US Version of the Oliviers, I take it...), winning two.

  "Nothing. Just standing here looking pretty and diffident." "Okay.... as long as that's all you're doing"

"Nothing. Just standing here looking pretty and diffident."
"Okay.... as long as that's all you're doing"

 Sam Mendes won a fourth Olivier Award for best director on the night for The Ferryman (He's also won an Academy Award for directing) (plus he directed the last two James Bond movies -    Skyfall    and    Spectre   )

Sam Mendes won a fourth Olivier Award for best director on the night for The Ferryman (He's also won an Academy Award for directing) (plus he directed the last two James Bond movies - Skyfall and Spectre)

 Italian Girl Excitement Level at seeing this gentleman: medium by their standards, high by anybody else's

Italian Girl Excitement Level at seeing this gentleman: medium by their standards, high by anybody else's

 Laura Pradelska.... she's got an entry on imdb but not on wikipedia, but the autograph dealers knew her well enough to call out for her signature, which is a kind of fame, I guess.

Laura Pradelska.... she's got an entry on imdb but not on wikipedia, but the autograph dealers knew her well enough to call out for her signature, which is a kind of fame, I guess.

  "Time's up when I say it is, and I say it is. Also, you had your one chance, and you blew it, and you know it" . Bryan Cranston is    correct   .

"Time's up when I say it is, and I say it is. Also, you had your one chance, and you blew it, and you know it". Bryan Cranston is correct.

 Ronnie Wood is a member of the Rolling Stones, and as usual I'm not game to choose between 'wife', 'great granddaughter' and 'babysitter' as to who the women he's with is.

Ronnie Wood is a member of the Rolling Stones, and as usual I'm not game to choose between 'wife', 'great granddaughter' and 'babysitter' as to who the women he's with is.

  "I've been a member of the Rolling Stones for several decades longer than anyone thought we'd survive, so I'm not willing to tempt fate by wearing a "Time's Up" badge. But hurrah for the cause, certainly"

"I've been a member of the Rolling Stones for several decades longer than anyone thought we'd survive, so I'm not willing to tempt fate by wearing a "Time's Up" badge. But hurrah for the cause, certainly"

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  "I don't want to say too much, but...... What if I told you I'm not wearing a dress.... and in related news that I got a full body tattoo over Easter?"

"I don't want to say too much, but...... What if I told you I'm not wearing a dress.... and in related news that I got a full body tattoo over Easter?"

 I'm not sure who he is, but apparently he is/was instrumental in (something) to do with the musical Hamilton. (Italian Girl Excitement Level : High, even by their standards) -  edited to add : he's Sir Cameron Mackintosh (further research required)

I'm not sure who he is, but apparently he is/was instrumental in (something) to do with the musical Hamilton. (Italian Girl Excitement Level : High, even by their standards) - edited to add : he's Sir Cameron Mackintosh (further research required)

  "Awww.. come on. You're all wearing beanies and waterproof jackets to this event? THIS IS THEATRE, People!!"  Edited to add : I don't know who this is.

"Awww.. come on. You're all wearing beanies and waterproof jackets to this event? THIS IS THEATRE, People!!" Edited to add : I don't know who this is.

  "You're welcome, of course"  - Michael Sheen is both a fantastic serious actor in movies like Frost/Nixon and The Damned United.... as well as a fantastic comedic actor pitch-perfect in such movies as several Twilight films and Tron Legacy.

"You're welcome, of course" - Michael Sheen is both a fantastic serious actor in movies like Frost/Nixon and The Damned United.... as well as a fantastic comedic actor pitch-perfect in such movies as several Twilight films and Tron Legacy.

 Alexandra Burke - singer. Time I'm writing this : 0:02 Monday morning. Tiredness : problematically slim. Hours til I'm meant to get up for work : less than five.

Alexandra Burke - singer. Time I'm writing this : 0:02 Monday morning. Tiredness : problematically slim. Hours til I'm meant to get up for work : less than five.

 Cuba Gooding Jr has recently been in Chicago (I know this because although I'm not exactly a theatre-ist, I do occasionally look at the side of buses)

Cuba Gooding Jr has recently been in Chicago (I know this because although I'm not exactly a theatre-ist, I do occasionally look at the side of buses)

  "Arm wrestle? Here? Now? Okay, bring it on"  Janie Dee has won two previous Olivier Awards. And may or may not be great at arm-wrestling.

"Arm wrestle? Here? Now? Okay, bring it on" Janie Dee has won two previous Olivier Awards. And may or may not be great at arm-wrestling.

 Cuba Gooding Jnr battles the desire to head into the Royal Albert Hall, where things are calm and civilised and warm and dry.... against the possibility he may have promised to return and sign autographs near the Italian Girls in front of me.

Cuba Gooding Jnr battles the desire to head into the Royal Albert Hall, where things are calm and civilised and warm and dry.... against the possibility he may have promised to return and sign autographs near the Italian Girls in front of me.

  "If it means an autograph, hug or even high-five from Cuba Gooding Jnr, I'll be Italian for just one day..."

"If it means an autograph, hug or even high-five from Cuba Gooding Jnr, I'll be Italian for just one day..."

  "And you thought I wouldn't be back".  He was. I never doubted him for a moment.

"And you thought I wouldn't be back". He was. I never doubted him for a moment.

So... that was that. It was a long, tiring, wet and occasionally interesting day. Rumours had it that the Avengers "VIP Fan Screening" at White City would actually be a legitimate event, with a red carpet and fans and pens and wristbands.... but those rumours overstated the largesse of the Disney Corporation, who prefers not to have premieres when they can spend millions on advertising and negotiating fairly one-sided distribution deals with cinema-owners. I, meanwhile, got to spend the day in the company of the cultured, the civilised, and the only-slight-soggy-from-the-rain people who chose to attend the Olivers.

Which means that these Oliviers, can join the journals for the ones I attended in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the Archive. And while my knowledge of all things Theatre-related might not have increased over half a decade, my attendance record is fairly exemplary.

Until next time!

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