SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: How the Clooneys saved a village theatre from woodworm!
George and Amal Clooney’s neighbour by the Thames in Berkshire has just won approval for a development of five properties after the Hollywood star and his human rights lawyer wife lodged no objections
How do you win planning approval to build flats on your land? Well, it helps if you first befriend the local celebrities who live next door.
George and Amal Clooney’s neighbour by the Thames in Berkshire has just won approval for a development of five properties after the Hollywood star and his human rights lawyer wife lodged no objections.
The housing project is at The Mill At Sonning theatre, which is run by Sally Hughes.
Ms Hughes had the Clooneys over to watch performances and allowed them to use her car park for the many contractors renovating their nine-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion, which they bought for £7.5 million in 2014 and have since spent £12.5million doing up.
‘The Clooneys are regular members of the audience at The Mill and want it to be on a secure financial footing,’ says a source close to the theatre.
Ms Hughes is building the flats to help pay a £1 million bill caused by woodworm at the theatre — a converted 18th-century flour mill on a small island in the Thames.
The American actor, 57, and Amal, 40, whose family moved to Buckinghamshire from Lebanon in the Eighties, have regularly demonstrated their support for their theatre since moving in to Sonning.
In February, Dame Judi Dench’s daughter, Finty Williams, revealed that Clooney had watched her perform in a play at The Mill. ‘He bought us all drinks afterwards,’ she said.
And the cast of My Fair Lady were surprised when a bouquet of flowers arrived from the Clooneys, congratulating them on their performance.
‘Amal and I wanted to thank you for a fantastic night of theatre,’ the note read. ‘We loved every minute of it.
You were all so wonderful . . . Thank you and have a great run. Love, George and Amal.’
The Clooneys moved into their home, which has a 60ft swimming pool, tennis court, cinema and a Thames-side pagoda, last year.
Bono’s girl falls foul of trolls after shaming U2 fan at gig
Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson has caused a stir by publicly shaming a fan at a U2 gig this week.
The 26-year-old actress was in a VIP box at the Apollo Theatre in New York and snapped a man who looked like he was falling asleep amid the crowd.
She shamed him by sharing a picture on social media — where she has 26,400 followers — with the caption: ‘Y u here bro?’
She deleted it after being criticised by her followers, including by one person who wrote: ‘Instead of calling out the sleepy fan, maybe you show kindness and understanding.
‘He was probably tired from working hard or maybe he has two jobs . . .
‘He paid to see your commie father sing, but that’s still not good enough for you? You’ve never had to wonder where your next dollar is coming from.’
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First, Radio 4’s Jane Garvey attacks Radio 2 for its ‘horrifying jauntiness’. Now, she has had a pop at Radio 1 after it replaced Nick Grimshaw on his breakfast show with Greg James.
‘They’re both great broadcasters [but] you are replacing one nice white middle-class lad with another white middle-class lad. This feels a little bit old school,’ grumbles the white middle-class Woman’s Hour presenter.
Tiny Kylie’s little and large show
The pint-sized singer, 50, found herself between 6ft 2in Luther star Idris Elba, 45, and his fiancee, former Miss Vancouver Sabrina Dhowre, 29, whose high heels boosted her 5ft 11in figure, right. Decorating her 5ft frame with one of her hostess’s £1,080 one-shoulder black dresses, she looked more comfortable sitting on Stella’s lap for a selfie (left) as Sir Paul’s 46-year-old daughter sported a camouflage jumpsuit.
Pop pixie Kylie Minogue was cut down to size at the launch of Stella McCartney’s new flagship store in Old Bond Street, Mayfair.
The pint-sized singer, 50, found herself between 6ft 2in Luther star Idris Elba, 45, and his fiancee, former Miss Vancouver Sabrina Dhowre, 29, whose high heels boosted her 5ft 11in figure, right.
Decorating her 5ft frame with one of her hostess’s £1,080 one-shoulder black dresses, she looked more comfortable sitting on Stella’s lap for a selfie (left) as Sir Paul’s 46-year-old daughter sported a camouflage jumpsuit.
Actress Cherie Lunghi, who starred in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, is delighted to see more half-naked men on screen.
‘I like men getting their tops off on TV. Otherwise you’ve got to go to the British Museum and look at the Roman statues,’ she tells me.
‘It’s nice to have it in your own lounge. I’m totally a fan of that — if you’ve got it, show it.
‘Showing flesh has to be done within reason, though. In Poldark, it was justified when he took his top off. It was hot, he was working hard and he needed to cool off.’ Of course he was, Cherie.
Prince Harry’s wild weekends in Vegas have certainly been consigned to history.
The former party starter-turned-mental health campaigner was yesterday named a ‘Role Model For The New Masculinity’.
Touchy-feely Harry replaces James Bond in the list of ‘50 role models who are shaping the change for men in today’s society’ published by website The Book of Man. Fortunately, the accolade will not prompt sibling rivalry.
Prince William also makes the list, which includes England captain Harry Kane — as well as former ladette Zoe Ball.
Orlando Bloom pops out with his pocket poodle
Bloom, 41, held his head high in a baseball cap, but many would forgive the actor for being downbeat after critics panned the play
Lord Of The Rings heartthrob Orlando Bloom leaves his West End show Killer Joe with his miniature poodle, Mighty, tucked into his denim jacket.
Bloom, 41, held his head high in a baseball cap, but many would forgive the actor for being downbeat after critics panned the play.
One brutal review described his buttock-baring performance as ‘nasty to a fault’. No wonder he felt the need to cling on to his pet pooch for consolation.
Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Arthur Soames, admits he struggles to live up to his famous forebear.
‘There’s no way I’ve read all of his work. But the best I’ve read is My Early Life,’ he tells me.
‘By his mid-20s he’d fought on three continents, been in the last ever cavalry charge, was captured by the Boers in South Africa and lived down a mine shaft for two weeks.
‘I’m 28 and I can barely get out of bed in the mornings.’
Jo Wood is letting it all hang out
Jo, 63, who has two grown-up children with Ronnie, clambered into a taxi in the early hours in a very low-cut top where she danced and sang in the backseat before sticking out her tongue
Ronnie Wood is still touring with the Rolling Stones at 71, and now it seems his ex-wife, Jo is also trying to re-live her rock ’n’ roll past.
The former model attended the 48th birthday party of TV presenter Lizzy Cundy in London on Tuesday.
Jo, 63, who has two grown-up children with Ronnie, clambered into a taxi in the early hours in a very low-cut top where she danced and sang in the backseat before sticking out her tongue.
Whatever happened to growing old gracefully?
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