20th May 2016 : Page 1

The Lady May 20, 2016 00:00

In this issue of The Lady : Dear Readers,
This week we bring you the best of all things
British, starting with an interview with Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston alongside a look
at the remarkable cohort of British acting talent
now gracing stage and screen. While the current
crop of British leading men is, perhaps, notable for its significant
public school/Oxbridge presence, the same cannot be said of our
shortlist of British actresses tipped for superstardom, four of
whom, incidentally (including cover
star Suranne Jones) soared to fame in
gritty police dramas.
The ‘best of British’ theme
continues, ranging from outfits and accessories in flag-waving
red, white and blue, to some favourite venues for afternoon tea,
to a review of Emma Rice’s spectacular new production of
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, now on at the Globe Theatre.
Shakespeare can always be relied on for a quote, and ‘with
mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come’ from the Merchant Of
Venice is, surely, a testament to the life-affirming power of
laughter. How gratifying, then, that laughter should be one
export in which the British lead the world, as Louis Barfe
explains in his essay about British comedy – an essay which may
well generate a few chuckles itself.
The British are, of course, a people renowned for their
horticultural prowess, and in the last in our four-part series on
designs for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, we feature the
centrepiece of the show – a garden set around a 1920s railway
carriage. British eccentricity at its finest!
Until next week, best wishes,
Sam Taylor

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