CHOCOLATE SIR?

Navigating the backstreets of Charing Cross looking for the delivery entrance of a top secret location can only be for a very special celebration,  the opening night of the new play at the Wyndham Theatre, No Man's Land starring Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (Gandalf the Grey and Captain Jean-Luc Picard; Magneto and Professor X). First the show, full for the next few months, at the Wyndham Theatre via a red carpet (quick check for chocolate smeared on my dress first). The lights are dimmed as the leading men lit the stage with a truly mesmerising  and acclaimed performance capturing the contrasts of Pinter's masterwork. For once I feel totally absorbed, in that house on Hampstead Heath, miles away from the madness and noise of the atelier. 

Post-show I march along the VIP crowd to a bar glistening with glasses of bubbles. Our chocolates will be served after all the savoury canapés and another long night for me, except tonight I am not needing a hairnet! 

The stars of the show are of course fashionably late. I'd like to think it is because they sat backstage consuming the plentiful chocolate hampers left in their dressing rooms. Eating something savoury is sometimes a welcome change from daily chocolate tasting panels (a tough job - I know) but  I am eagerly waiting for our chocolates to be served. Our Pyramide de Chocolats finally arrive and quickly get emptied by a sea of hands. They are followed by oyster shell bowls of chocolate pearls that make their way to Sir Ian who pinches a couple of Tahiti pearls with a cheeky smile as a stamp of approval.   Have a theatrical week, Miss Anne.