Friday 18 August.
Only one show today, which was the fairly unedifying sight of Simon Callow “doing a corporate” at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
I should have read the programme more carefully and I would have noticed that Callow, a fine author and actor, was appearing at an event sponsored by an Edinburgh fund management firm in memory of a former employee who was also a “much-missed Edinburgh impresario,” in fact, one of the founders of Underbelly.
So sadly, no audience questions and no signing session from Callow, who did what was expected of him and told some of the stories which are familiar to those who have enjoyed his books. When asked who were his heroes, he cited the honouree of the lecture along with Gielgud and Laughton, mentioning he had only heard his story that afternoon, which was a damn fine piece of acting…