It’s the battle of the Westminster hotels. First the lavish opening of the new InterContinental at St James, going directly for the political crowd, and now the Corinthia are doing things a little more subtly. Thursday night saw the opening night of their Above and Beyond show, a performance that takes over every part of the hotel, with nineteen actors performing to an individual as they tour the building. Steerpike hears that a very confused Ryan Giggs was left wondering what was going on as he tried to enjoy a sauna and was invaded by the show moving through the spa rooms. Last night’s audience members Richard Curtis and and author Kathy Lette loved it though.
While posters, Spitting Image puppets and political cartoons emblazon the walls of the new InterContinental, real political nerds were in for a treat last night as Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, star of the hit Danish political drama Borgen, was at the Corinthia. The show that has gripped hacks and MPs alike just finished it’s BBC2 run on a cliffhanger, though Hjort Sorensen was not giving anything away. She did tell Steerpike that she is in town to shoot an episode of Miss Marple. Remember that staple diet of murder mystery before the Danes took over our TVs?