Why Is The West End So Celeb-Happy?

“Take, for example, the Postman Always Rings Twice. On stage we had the dense lacklustre performance of Kilmer, in the audience there was Tracey Emin trying to start a standing ovation and Terry Wogan looking on. Is this what theatre has become? Celebrity Luvve Island? Ewan McGregor in Guys and Dolls, Ross Geller in Some Girl(s) – oops, sorry it’s David Schwimmer isn’t it, and Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic. Then there’s the audience which is equally star-studded. It’s as if success can only be measured by your sleb count and the length of your ovation depends on the number of stars studding the cast not the quality of the performance.”