I sat in the pit last night, just behind the Grocer and his lovely lady wife, who gave me a grape. It was ten times funnier than the first time I saw it from the upper gallery, where I missed a great deal of the stage business and couldn't see what was happening in the pit at all. My decision to go a second time paid off. The candle-lit performance seems to have got funnier and funnier since it opened.
And the even lovelier Gemma Arterton (Duchess of Malfi) was in the audience too.