John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is almost as old as one of the stars of its latest tour, and just as politically astute, writes Lizz Brain. Actor Dudley Sutton was four years old in 1937, when the novella was published, yet he’s now touring the country in a revival of the classic tale.
Interviewing doesn’t get tougher than this. At least, that’s how it feels as the appointed time looms to call Jay Rayner: restaurant critic, broadcaster, Masterchef judge, journalist and general raconteur, writes Lizz Brain. And when that distinctive voice is on the other end of the phone, I tell him so: that in 20 years of conducting interviews with performers, creatives and celebs, he’s only the second to make me nervous.