Last night I was enjoying a long, telephonic ramble with one of my oldest friends, a Mr C. D. of Leeds.
Our conversation turned to that wonderful rock flick Still Crazy, after which conversation inevitably turned to the mighty Tap. We reminisced on the versatility of Harry Shearer, and also of Christopher Guest, who in Spinal Tap plays guitar legend Nigel Tufnel - and in Mrs Henderson Presents plays the buttoned-up Lord Chamberlain, fighting a losing battle against Judi Dench‘s crusade to bring nudity to the West-End Stage.
Anyway, Mr. C, D. of Leeds emailed me to say that the Lord Chamberlain at the time had been none other than Rowland Thomas Baring, the 2nd Earl of Cromer.
Harumph. I thought it was funny.