Londoner’s Diary: Prompt! David Tennant frets about forgetting his lines

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(Dave Benett)

DAVID TENNANT has spoken of his fears that he will forget his lines in the middle of a stage run. “You start rehearsing the speech you’re going to have to make to the audience about the fact that you can’t do this any longer and you’re going to have to go to your dressing room and sob yourself to sleep,” he said.

Tennant said a voice in his head says: “Even though I’ve done this for six weeks, I will no longer be able to do it and a bit of my memory is about to drop out.” The star told the Interval Drinks podcast he has a strict routine during each show to silence his doubts, which has included three squares of chocolate.

He needn’t worry too much though: when he did forget lines at a press night playing Romeo at the Barbican, no one seemed to notice.

Club members fear a crypto-invasion

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Members of an exclusive Soho club are worried that it will change after being bought by a cryptocurrency firm. Blacks, on Dean Street, whose members are said to include Benedict Cumberbatch, and Keira Knightly, is based on a supper club founded by Dr Samuel Johnson.

Now been sold to Crypto Club Global, a chain of private clubs for crypto investors, who gave all of their existing customers access to the venue. In exchange, some existing Blacks members have been given cryptocurrency.

Members fear they will be confronted by braying “crypto bros”. One told The Londoner they could be persuaded to get along, as long as new arrivals “stand me shots of Hakashu single malt… while they explain why owning NFTs is better than having actual things”.

A spokesperson for Crypto Club Global told us they were committed to maintaining the longstanding values of the club while taking “a step into the 21st century”.

No 10 not using Money Saver Martin Lewis


The cost of living crisis hasn’t led the Government to take advice from self-styled money-saving expert Martin Lewis. Financial guru Lewis, who often met Gordon Brown, says this No 10 is the “most closed” he has known. “I have had decent engagement with the Chancellor,” Lewis told The Big Issue, before clarifying: “Engagement doesn’t mean he does anything I suggest”.

UCS drops oligarch sports centre

University College School in Hampstead has changed the name of its sports pavillion after the oligarch who funded it was sanctioned by the Government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, who funded the school’s Kantor centre, is the major investor in Russian fertiliser company Acron. His commemorative plaque was removed last week.

S Club party at Frankie’s launch

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The Saturdays’ Frankie Bridge welcomed S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens and presenter Charlene White to the launch of her new collection at Mortimer House on Friday. Across town, Jarvis Cocker and his partner Kim Sion hugged a dog at his new art show at The Gallery of Everything. Davina McCall led runners at Hyde Park in aid of charity Lady Garden on Saturday. Actress Hina Khan and musician Talvin Singh won awards at the UK Asian Film Festival closing gala at the BFI yesterday.

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