I popped along to the Trafalgar Studios to see Sadie Frost perform in the brilliant new one woman comedy play Touched For The Very First Time last night. Tickets for the show are selling like hot cakes and the venue was packed.
Sadie’s ex-hubby Jude Law was there to watch Sadie for the first time too. He’s been wrapping up his work on Guy Ritchie’s new Sherlock Holmes movie and had only just found time to get down to see the show. He was mesmerised by Sadie throughout her performance. He laughed at the jokes (especially the one when Sadie’s character says she’s got a face like she’s been on a night out with Kate Moss!) and he looked adoringly at her all the time. And he went back to congratulate her afterwards – as did I. She puffed on a fag with a can of Coke and told me: “I’ve had the busiest day today and I do a matinee performance every Thursday too so I’m slightly flustered. I’ve absolutely loved every minute of being back on the stage and this project was definitely the one I was waiting for to get back on the stage again. I’ve got lots of work coming up too so life is good.
I also caught up with Touched producer Imogen Lloyd Webber who admitted her father Sir Andrew loved every second of the show. She said: “Thankfully Dad loved it. Of course I was nervous about him coming along but he really enjoyed it. The trouble with Dad is that he can’t lie – he’s so honest so I would have been able to tell if he didn’t enjoy it!”
Anyway, now to the review of the show. I’ll keep it short. The play, written by the talented Zoe Lewis, is a great night out. It’s funny, fast-paced, energetic and touching. And despite whatever you’ve read, it’s more than just a play with a few Madge tunes thrown into the mix. It’s a charming story of a girl from Manchester growing up with her Idol. Aside from the great material Sadie had to work with, it’s brilliant to see the star back working and doing what she does best. I can’t help but think Sadie’s slipped into the mix of being a ‘celebrity’ and lef her ‘actress’ status out of the mix. And this show proves she is a talent. We need to see more of her. She’s compelling to watch – and Touched shows off her skills just perfectly.
See it before it ends it’s run on March 14.
Book tickets at www.touchedtheplay.com or call the box office on 0870 060 6632.