Those of us who take regular trips to the Rumour Mill (via the Grapevine, obviously) will often hear the tales of diva-ish behaviour that goes on behind, and occasionally in front of, our hallowed stages.
But you’ve got to hand it to Faye Dunaway – surely even the most seasoned gossip-mongers couldn’t help but widen their eyes last week when details emerged as to why the 78-year-old Oscar winner had been booted off the Broadway-bound one-woman play Tea at Five about Katharine Hepburn.
The official reasons for Dunaway’s dismissal have not been confirmed, but sources quoted in the New York Post claimed the Bonnie and Clyde star’s erratic behaviour included – but was not limited to – throwing things, slapping a crew member who was putting on her wig, refusing to allow anyone to look at her during rehearsals, forbidding anyone to wear white to rehearsals because she found it distracting, banning anyone from moving in the auditorium when she was rehearsing because she found it distracting and, Tabard’s personal favourite, pulling grey hairs out of her wig because she wanted to play a younger version of the character than that which the playwright had written.
The show’s producers have, perhaps understandably, decided to find a new star and bring it to the West End instead. So, Tabard waits with bated breath and pricked ears to discover who will step into Dunaway’s (presumably not white) shoes.