Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Best of plummy type

THE producers of Versailles, which has just opened at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London, can’t have enjoyed Georgina Brown’s review in the Mail on Sunday at the weekend.

All that is, except Simon Williams, the actor who lives near Nettlebed and is best known for playing James Bellamy in the Seventies period drama Upstairs Downstairs.

Brown called the play, which is about the effects of the Treaty of Versailles, a “worthy but wearisome plod” and her review was headlined “Snore and peace in 1919”.

However, she praised the cast, which includes Francesca Annis and Barbara Flynn, and said Williams was in “top, monocled form as the plummy mandarin”. There are obviously upsides to being typecast.

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