Capers Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, well actually that’s not true there’s our dog Polly pottering around the kitchen, Abi’s cat Romeo, who is thoroughly put out by the arrival of Alana’s kitten Frankie, and the impending arrival or her other cat Pickles, plus the sound of all the footsteps of the girls running after said animals in order to protect presents being ripped open, tree light cables chewed through – it’s like an animal mad house here!
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Little Frankie!
Anyhow, before Chrsitmas gets completely underway, let me tell you all about last week and a few of the fabulous events I attend. Starting with my trip to Oxford, to The Feast at Keeble College. I attend along with my nephew Rhys, who is one of their alumni. Wearing my beautiful lace patterned Erdem dress, I arrived to what I could only describe as walking into the Great Hall at Hogwarts. It was truly magnificent, long tables stretching all the way along the room, candles and flowers beautifully laid out, it looked truly magical. I was sitting+next to the Warden, and it was so interesting hearing all about his life and times at Oxford, the stories were fascinating. It was a wonderful evening, and a real privilege to attend.
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The next day was not one but two Christmas drinks parties, the first being out in the countryside at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful home at Sydmonton. It was a very intimate party, with family and friends all sipping champagne and excitedly discussing as well as everyone’s Christmas plans, Andrew’s new musical Stephen Ward, opening later that week. I had a wonderful catch up with the divine Nicky Haslam, and before I knew it, It was time to head to party number two! This time at the home of some dear friends of ours George and Hugh, where it was of course another wonderfully theatrical affair. I spent the rest of the afternoon gossiping  with Anthony Van Laast and Elaine Paige – you don’t get much more theatrical than that! I also got to talk dance for a good hour with choreographer and ex So You Think You Can Dance star Drew McOnie, who I know is going to go far.
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Later on in the week I was invited to a fabulous Arts Lunch at the Science Museum, where seated in every chair was someone from the world of television, theatre, literature and art. I had a truly hilarious conversation with authors Kathy Lette and Francesca Simon – who also introduced me to Claire Tomalin – and the four of us discussed which historical figures in history could, as they say, cut a caper. Despite my obsessional love of dance, their knowledge I’m ashamed to say put mine to shame! I also caught up with Imogen Stubbs and Rebecca Front as we were all ushered after lunch through the museum to see the Hadron Collider exhibition which was truly fascinating, but so far above me I had to buy the pop up book to follow it!
I had a wonderful breakfast at the Charlotte Street Hotel with my darling Debbie Moore, where as always it was gossip galore as we sipped on bucks fizz and picked at fresh fruit platters, clearly the breakfast of champions!
I was thrilled to attend the opening night of Stephen Ward, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical I mentioned earlier, as the trial and Profumo affair was all going on around me when I was younger, and although I thought I knew so much about it, there were still so many things revealed that I was amazed to hear. I loved the show, the music was beautiful , and the orchestrations were some of the best I have ever heard. The star of the show, my dear friend Alex Hanson, who I had the pleasure to work with in We Will Rock You, was just sensational. I had a lovely chat with his beautiful wife Samantha Bond, who was so nervous for him – with clearly no need to be! It was also wonderful to see my old Starlight Express cohorts Trevor Nunn and John Napier, the old team back together again. It was a wonderful evening, sadly somewhat overshadowed by the events at the Apollo Theatre and the collapse of the balcony there. Thank goodness there were no fatalities, but of course my thoughts go out to all injured and I’m sending you lots of Christmas cheer.
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On that note, I wish you all lots of love and Christmas wishes, and I’ll check in next week – probably about a stone heavier – with my Christmas news and New Years resolutions and diet tips!
Love Arlene x

A Mini Catch Up

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So I left you all at the start of another crazy week, on my way to an event for the Dog’s Trust at the very exclusive Home House.  It was hilarious, surrounded by celebs and their pampered pets, all getting very over excited. Myself and Abi who accompanied me fell completely in love with the stunning Donna Air, who is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. It was also really interesting talking to Marc Abraham or “@marcthevet” as some might know him, about his campaign to stop puppy farming. It is so heartbreaking what these dogs go through, and please if you can try and support him in his efforts to stop it now. You can sign his petition here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49528 and tweet your support to @pupaid.

 Wed morning was a new and exciting rehearsal day with Alastair Lloyd Webber, son of… On his incredible new project The Wolf, although I can’t reveal too much about it just yet… watch this space!  Rehearsals were followed by a girls lunch with my darling Debbie Moore, where I got a chance to check out her new makeup boxes for her Pineapple range, and they are fabulous! That evening was the opening night of WAG the Musical, which I attended to support my friend and star of the show Lizzie Cundy. It was a very tongue in cheek production, and worth a see for the sheer hilarity of it! Clearly I’d been laughing a little too much and was feeling all giddy as we left, hence the rather cheeky pics of myself and Sinnita surrounding Bruno with kisses!  Well you got to let your hair down every so often, right?

 

Thursday was another day of rehearsals, only this time for the upcoming US production of We Will Rock You I love working with my team and coming up with new and exciting ideas, and feeling inspired by the incredible voice of Freddie. After rehearsals I popped in to see my skin guru Fiona at Skin Associates for a gorgeous Skinceuticals facial and a Sublime facial tightening treatment. I always leave with my feeling fresh and glowing, and always have one very happy daughter/makeup artist Alana who is obsessed with me taking care of my skin!

 

I’m coining the phrase “Catch Up with Coco” for those days in the office we so rarely manage to get, which is what Friday was. We figured as it would probably we a while till we have another one, we should make the most of our time together so managed to squeeze in a glamorous lunch up in Hampstead. We barely managed to get through the piles of emails that afternoon due to being in a food coma! 

 

Who caught me on You Saw Them Here First? If you missed it you can see me in all my youthful glory around 29 minutes in… – https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/you-saw-them-here-first/series-1/episode-1

 

FInally I want to say a huge congratulations to my darling daughter Abi, who has got the most amazing new job at Bespoke in Selfridges. She’ll be working for the incredible designers Emilia Wickstead and Henry Rose, building clients lists and giving customers the true A list experience that comes with having your very own designer outfit created especially for you. Whatever the occasion, or even if you just want to pop down and say hi, head to the 2nd floor and get creative! 

 

I’ll be back next week with more gossip about what I’ve been up to on my hols….

Until then

Love Arlene xx

 

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This week I’m taking some well earned time off after spending the past fed months wrapped up in the world of Flashdance. The opening night was so exciting with all my family and friends there. I wore a navy velvet vintage dress with one of the jewelled brooches from my collection, and my little sequinned Matthew Williamson jacket I wore on the Strictly tour last year.

The aftershow party was fantastic, it was lovely to catch up with Duncan James who had just flown back from LA, he really is as gorgeous in real life and we stared at the Flashdance ice sculpture together!

I also did some filming for the new series of So You Think You Can Dance as one of last season’s finalists Robbie White is in the show, just goes to show where these amazing opportunities can take you!

I also seem to have been spending a lot of time this past week at the Ivy Club and a lot of time with the lovely Debbie Moore. I’ve had a few meetings there – where I have also spied the fabulous Louie Spence – Debbie and I had a great catch up over lunch, and then we found ourselves working together judging a children’s dance competition to launch my new range of books, Alana Dancing Star at the Bloomsbury festival.

Anyway that’s all for now, got to go and start planning what next week has in store…

Bye for now

Love Arlene x