I had planned to go to the V&A to see a couple of their exhibits, but with the loss of an hour I changed plans and went to Leighton House instead. There was an interesting exhibition of paintings by Lawrence Alma-Tedema (no, I hadn't heard of him either) and a beautiful Arab room in the house. So that was worth doing, after which I walked through Holland Park from the Kensington High Street end towards Notting Hill Gate, to go to the Print Room at the Coronet to see the play.
Trouble in Mind was written by Alice Childress, an African-American playwright, in 1955. It concerns an actress who challenges the racial stereotypes she is always given to portray. Although set in 1955 it remains very relevant as regards racism, and those who believe themselves not to be racist, and yet unconsciously still maintain certain attitudes.
The attraction of the play for me was Jonathan Slinger, who played Al Manners the director of the play within a play. In addition Tanya Moodie, who was Gertrude in last year's RSC Hamlet, plays the main actress Wiletta Mayer. The whole cast was excellent, and the play was thoughtprovoking without being heavy.
The theatre was about two-thirds full. It's not a place I'd heard of before, and outside the usual theatre haunts of most people, but I understand ticket bookings have gone up with some good reviews (which it deserves). It's only on until 14 October, but one to bear in mind.