I was waiting for my tuna melt on ciabatta in Eat, when I saw Patricia Hodge buying her lunch. She was wearing a casual linen trouser suit, with rose prints on the jacket and she was looking lovely. I don't know what she was having for her lunch, but it definitely wasn't a tuna melt because I'd got the last one.
Miss Hodge is currently appearing in "Boeing Boeing" as the housekeeper Berthe. I've seen this twice, so I saw Frances De La Tour in that role first. I thought that they were both excellent but it was so interesting seeing how differently a role that appears so apparently simple can be played.
Frances De La Tour was very worldly wise, and quite intimidating, which worked really well in the scenes with Robert, whereas Patricia Hodge is always going to have an air of glamour about her, so there was a different frisson to her relationship with Bernard.
I am going to have to see the show again when Rhea Perlmann takes over as Berthe. I don't think you could possibly have thought of three more different actresses, but however did think of them for this role is a genius.