Happy to see Michael Barrymore in Surviving Spike at the Theatre Royal Windsor. A comeback via theatre is an excellent plan, and of course he should do Twelfth Night again. More improvisation in Spike – ie unscripted responses to the audience - will compensate for the fact that there's only one Spike Milligan, dead or alive.
Inevitably, as the media have reported, Terry Lubbock was there in a “silent front row protest” though he left in the intermission, professing to be bored. After the performance, Barrymore told me that Lubbock has privately been quite kind to him, in contrast to Lubbock's public allegations that the star knows more about his son Stuart’s death than he lets on. One of the news media - Sky perhaps - suggests that Barrymore acknowledged Lubbock from the stage a number of times, but Barrymore says this is not true – he didn’t see Lubbock in the front row.
Barrymore tells me: “I asked Terry once why he’s always beating me up in the press and he replied it’s the only way to get publicity. He knows I wasn’t involved in Stuart's death. I do feel for him. I support calls for an inquest.”
Another paper, the Mirror I think, claims Julian Clary offered to meet with Lubbock on Barrymore’s behalf when it was known he was in the theatre. I find that hard to believe. Can someone confirm?
Meantime, a Barrymore blog, click here.