A musical ding dong! The daughter of theatre impresario Sir Trevor Nunn has reignited the feud between her father and West End producer Sir Cameron Macintosh over his revival of Les Mis.
Actress Ellie Nunn, 28, has blasted Mackintosh as 'greedy' for billing the show, which opens in December, as a new production, despite using the publicity material from the original which opened in 1985, co-directed by Sir Trevor.
She says: 'All the love and support to everyone who ever works on this new production, truly, but also F***. Right. Off. How dare Cameron Mackintosh use the same publicity image if he is calling this a 'new production'. The handling of this entire situation has been revolting. To erase the entire original creative team but use the publicity of all their hard work to sell your show. I'm heartbroken at this replacement that came from nothing but greed.'
Actress Ellie Nunn, 28 with her father Sir Trevor Nunn, the former has railed against West End producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh reusing an image of Cosette for a new billing of the show
A spokesman for Sir Cameron tells me: 'The 'publicity image' of the child Cosette for the musical Les Miserables was created by the artist Emile Bayard as one of his illustrations for the first publication of Victor Hugo's novel in 1862.
'It was adapted by Cameron Mackintosh for the production in London in 1985.
'Further adaptations and versions of this image have been used ever since on many different productions of the show around the world.'
The image in question: This image was used in the first publication of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel
The row between the theatrical knights first erupted in 2010 over Mackintosh's 25th anniversary production of Les Mis, which didn't involve Nunn.
At the time Sir Trevor confessed: 'We are profoundly unhappy and we feel profoundly betrayed.'
Now it seems Ellie, whose mother is actress Imogen Stubbs, has taken on her father's crusade.
Green & Black's chocolate co-founder Jo Fairley was given the opportunity to blow her own business trumpet on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs but she neglected to namecheck Sarah Stacey, the co-writer of her well-being books, which include The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible. A chum of Sarah's tells me: 'Sarah's friends were a bit upset Jo made out that she wrote them on her own but then her nickname among her staff was always 'The Empress Josephine'.' Not so sweet, then?
Heston's Crackers Xmas Dish
Wacky chef Heston Blumenthal has excelled himself — by devising a Christmas dinner that can be eaten in one mouthful.
The minuscule dish, which will be on offer at his triple Michelin-starred Fat Duck eaterie, comprises salmon, prawn cocktail, turkey and stuffing. 'Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year,' says Heston. 'But I can't stand the traditional Christmas dinner.'
Why acting with Tom can be a pain in the backside
Tom Hiddleston has revealed that not all a character's grievances remain on the stage
Tom Hiddleston, currently wowing Broadway in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, says tensions that play out in the play's acidic depiction of an illicit affair spilled over into a game of squash with a fellow cast member.
'It was very instructive, playing squash,' The Night Manager star reveals. 'Some of those scenes, the competition is in the subtext, the brutality to each other is underneath it while they're being civil on the surface.
'After we played squash, those scenes played themselves.' Betrayal actor Charlie Cox bears the scars — and has a buttock injury from their last game.
Former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis laughs off the idea she's jealous of her pop star daughter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. 'I've certainly been jealous of some of the things she's done — everyone would like to stand on stage and sing — and I've said to Sophie that she's a lucky thing.
'But I've never thought she's having chances I never had and wish I was her.'
Cate stand out in a cloud (suit)
Cate was spotted leaving a New York hotel wearing this £790 blue cloud jumpsuit
Gender bending is a trend in theatreland, but double Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is having fun experimenting with her wardrobe off stage.
The 50-year-old opted for an outfit made by menswear label Triple RRR — modelled left — when she sported a £790 blue cloud jumpsuit in New York. 'True chic is effortless,' says the mother of four. 'I would say my go-to is pretty much a well-pressed suit. Or a good pair of trousers.'
Surely Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is too modest? The author, who turns 70 tomorrow, claims he started out in life as an 'undashing' young man. 'When I was a young man in the ballrooms of England that still existed, I was a very unimportant guest, I was there because they were short of men. 'When you're at all successful, all your gags are funny, everyone's loving you and all of that stuff. But when you go back to before that time, that's how you really see how the game is being played.'