The doors of high society have been flung open for the Louis Lester Band as their fame spreads beyond the cognoscenti. Consequently, the upbeat tone prevails tonight, swirled along by Adrian Johnston’s exquisitely rendered jazz pastiches. But there are hidden agendas and guilty secrets bubbling away under the surface: what sordid bond is shared by John Goodman’s Mr Masterson and young Julian Luscombe (Tom Hughes)? And might the latter have his own reasons for brandishing the promise of Hollywood stardom before the impressionable Jessie (Angel Coulby)?
These lingering suspicions bring an edge of unease to an otherwise glossy and richly enjoyable affair, superbly performed (Jacqueline Bisset joins the cast tonight as reclusive aristo and potential band patron Lady Cremone) and boasting stunning attention to detail. It’s a little less sedate and self-conscious than Stephen Poliakoff’s previous work, and all the better for that.
A charming corner restaurant in Knighstbridge that specialises in Italian cuisine. Split over two levels, Montpeliano is dressed with crisp white linen, retro rattan chairs and pictures of famous faces on every inch fo the walls. Having been situated here since 1974, Montpeliano is well practised in their traditional Italian menu, which features classics with top ingredients. Such as fruits de mer with slow-dried linguine and half a lobster, homemade ravioli with a rotating range of fillings and Milanese shin of veal with saffron rice. Desserts range from fresh fruit to plump profiteroles, and the wine list (with French options, as well as Italian, stretches to an impressive 12 pages.
Venue says: “Come and enjoy our three course set lunch menu up to 7pm, for £22.50, seven days per week!”