A cast of more than 100 – mostly very famous – actors, including James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Adrian Lester, Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith will be taking part in a sort of megamix of the NT’s ‘greatest hits’, broadcast live from its Olivier Theatre. So we’ll have Dench singing ‘Send in the Clowns’, Corden going back to ‘The History Boys’, Cumberbatch reprising ‘Frankenstein’ and so on and so forth.
It’s difficult to imagine that a revue of decontextualised play excerpts is really going to be the single most powerful thing ever to grace the Olivier stage, but it should be a slick and awesome spectacle paying appropriate tribute to the theatre’s monolithic half century.
It's not easy in London to do something nobody else is, but we think this place (thing?) was a first. Pitch (a coffee shop, of sorts) serves its cups of Joe out of an '80s Lincoln Town Car – a luxury sedan once popular, for a long time, in the States. It's parked up in the Fulham Broadway Retail Centre. What they're serving suggests they're not relying on the theme. Coffee (pulled through a La Marzocco Linea machine) is from Allpress; milk from The Estate Dairy; tea from Lalani & Co.; hot chocolate from Mork; chai from Prana Chai and frozen yoghurt from Co Fro. There's now another Lincoln pitched up in Stratford, should you be east.
Venue says: “Handmade fresh pastries every morning and coffee made with love.”