Lloyd Webber’s Secret Life Of Grime

Last week, theater mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber suggested that it might be time to let some UK theaters (not any of his, it should be stressed) close, rather than spend public money to repair or refurbish them. It may be a legitimate point of view, but to actress Nichola McAuliffe, it’s a joke coming from Sir Andrew. McAuliffe has worked in several of Lloyd Webber’s West End theaters, and from rotting windows to audience-assaulting chunks of plaster to rodent infestations, she encountered deplorable conditions at every one of them. So where does such a man get off complaining about other people’s theaters being in disrepair?