Olivia’s Line

Rome, 1962: the Hollywood circus has come to town. Cleopatra, “the biggest, greatest, most expensive movie in motion picture history” is in production – and the world is watching. But what they want to see is the romance between the two stars, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

As the movie runs over budget and as the paparazzi chase the scandals, Gilbert Wilkes keeps one eye on the sky. Gil is the studio meteorologist, who monitors the tediously clement Roman weather at the insistence of the production’s insurers. He also has an eye on Olivia Chandler, a young English actress playing one of Cleopatra’s handmaidens – not that she has much time for a stuffy tweed gent like him…

Olivia was played by the gorgeous Kelly Reilly and Gil by Andrew Scott, who is a very funny man (now better known for playing Moriarty in Sherlock and the sexy priest in Fleabag).

The play was Critic’s Choice in The Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Time Out.