THE show was over and the cast were about to take their bows when the leading lady of bedroom farce Not Now Darling suddenly found herself under an entirely different spotlight, writes Lesley Potter.
Actress Heather Gibbs was shocked when her real-life boyfriend not only appeared from the audience but leapt up on stage at the Mill at Sonning, dropped on to one knee and pulled out a diamond engagement ring.
In clearly rehearsed Thespian tones he then asked, in front of the packed theatre, “Heather, will you marry me?”
“Thankfully, she said yes,” said the Mill’s managing director, Sally Hughes. “There was so much commotion going on among the audience. They burst into spontaneous applause. All the girls in the cast slapped their hands to their mouths, while the men just looked amazed.”
However the proposal, which took place at the theatre on the Thursday before Christmas, had been carefully stage-managed by the financé, Sandip Dhillon, who had rung the theatre in advance to ask permission for the stunt.