Good week / Bad week

Bad week for Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Both failed to make it on to the Guardian’s list of National Treasurers. Who is this Cheryl Cole? Has she ever worked with Peter Brook?

Good week for Benedict Cumberbatch, who sounds lovely.

Bad week for War Horse, which is (according to a complaint by a former stage hand) staffed by violent, xenophobic, racist, homophobic, drunken incompetents.

Good week for the Bush Theatre.  The Shepherd’s Bush theatre has found a new home after 20 years of looking.

Bad week for disgraced politician Tom Levitt. In addition to being “heavily fingered” in the expenses scandal his new one-man play is rubbish as well, which is sad because it would be a real shame if we never ever heard from people like him ever, ever, ever again and they just lived out their lives in shamed, silent obscurity.