MIRIAM Margolyes was in good form when interviewed by Mark Lawson for BBC4 this week. Hampstead and Kilburn MP Glenda Jackson might want to give it a miss while its still on the iPlayer, however. During the interview, Margolyes slips into what becomes a curious broadside relating to the time the pair were in a production of The White Devil together back in the 1970s. She explains:
“I was in a thing called The White Devil, a revenge tragedy, I played Zanche the More and I’ve always called it Zanche the Less because I was dreadful in it and I wish I’d never done it. Glenda Jackson played the lead and she was horrid. I really didn’t like her and I’ve never liked her since, even though she votes Labour and no doubt does good work in Hampstead. But goodness me, she was a pain to work with. I remember I was sacked from that because I wouldn’t take a pay cut. I won’t take pay cuts so it’s no good offering them to me. Most people are nice but you’ve asked me about two people I can’t bear.”
Lawson, obviously intrigued, asks her whether she had told Glenda about her irritation.
MM: “I told her she was a cow.”
ML: “What did she say?”
MM: “I can’t remember but she seemed to imply that I was something of an amateur and she may well have been right about that… but there was certainly a frostiness.”
I think Lawson should get Glenda on his interview slot next week to give her side of what went on backstage at the Old Vic in 1976.