Back in April 2011 I watched Terrence Rattigan’s After the Dance at the National Theatre Archives and drew several sketches of the 1930s costumes featured in the play, and of Benedict, of course. I realised I never posted the complete set. Here’s to Ben’s amazing theatre work.
Warm-hearted, loving and loyal, without a trace of envy or jealousy in her, she was hugely caring about other people’s troubles and, therefore, hugely cared for. We all know the kind of star who on floor or stage asks Fred, the assistant prop man’s mate, about his wife’s illness in a very loud and audible voice, and we usually know why she has done it and why she has so carefully memorized his name. Vivien might muddle the name, but she would talk to Fred unobserved and probably offer to send his wife to the best Harley Street specialist at her expense, provided always her name wasn’t mentioned. Later she would go visit the wife in the hospital, incognito and concerned.
For those of you who have watched The Deep Blue Sea (I’m looking at you, Hiddlestoners), you’ll very likely recognize this song as the one that’s playing in the background (more like foreground really) while Tom Hiddleston and Rachel Weisz succeed in completely ruining my sexuality slow dance in the bar and it’s totally romantic and beautiful and god the music in that movie was actually just perfect and-
So I decided, somewhat off-offhandedly, to record my own cover of this song (in my shitty apartment, mind you, so the sound quality is really not so hot I do apologize for that). I highly recommend the original song (it’s in a different key from this one), as well as watching the movie regardless of whether you are a loyal Hiddlestoner or just a movie connoisseur, it’s really a wonderful piece of work.
THIS is such a treasure guys. It’s not only an hour of Benedict’s voice. It a story he was personally interested in AND we get some extra bits about Babybatch’s story, his time at Harrow and a proof that Babybatch was blonde. :)
And yes, I don’t even care who that Terrence Rattigan person was.