Pantomime season is upon us and, up and down the country, troupes of gaily attired thespians have been donning their tights and wigs and creeping the boards in preparation for their shows.
However, as any actor will testify, sometimes things are not always all right on the night of the performance.
Take the efforts of one central London media agency, which had eagerly been preparing a play for the benefit of an audience of specially invited top-level reporters (ie the Marketing Week team) last week.
The taxis were all booked and the hacks eager to enjoy the hospitality of the celestially monikered media mummers, but as the day in question drew on there was no word from the players.
Phonecalls were made and the plot thickened until finally the curtain fell on the planned performance and a distraught cast cancelled the night’s revelries!The show, it seems, simply could not go on.
The reason for the cancellation remained unclear – perhaps someone uttered the word Macbeth, or actually broke a leg, but life is a cabaret, old chums and the agency has promised to make up for the disappointment with an even better idea for a night out.