Talking of Stoppard, who provided one of my most oft-used expressions of frustration: "for the love of Hegel", we had a very fun time seeing Mr Arthur Smith at the Nottingham Playhouse last night. Besides reading out Cloud's "I'm grumpy because..." line (of which I will let him write up the story), Smith recounted how on one of the few occasions he has gone up to praise a famous person for their work it was Tom Stoppard whom he saw in the National Theatre bookshop.
I said "Hi, I'm Arthur Smith and I just want to say how much I admire your work" - and he just walked off! The bastard!Brilliant. A very enjoyable evening in the company of Mr Smith.
Years later I was at an opening night party for a play starring Tom Stoppard's son.
And it was at this point I realised that Tom Stoppard is a tall man.
For years I had been bearing a grudge against a short man who just looked a bit like Tom Stoppard...