“And it’s good having someone you trust with you in a situation like this.” Viktoria, who’ll be taking part in the Stockholm International Horse Show a few days later, draws parallels between her equestrianism and her theatre work.“It’s a real rush to ride big fences and to control a big animal.
Only instead of Cersei the protagonist is, as we later find out, a “Game of Thrones” production assistant, played by British actor Ross Hatt.In the commercial, the production assistant (Hatt) picks up some sparkling bottled water at a supermarket, much to Waddingham’s disgust. ” like her character Unella did in the famous scene, and follows Hatt around the supermarket aisles and outside.“Welcome to Castle Anthrax,” coos Zoot, the exceptionally accommodating mistress of the castle, who reveals that this is home to a bevy of “young blondes and brunettes, all aged between 16 and 19½”. For some reason, the scene comes vividly to mind as I tramp along Shaftesbury Avenue towards the Palace Theatre to meet 10 women, all aged between 19 and 38, all of them dreaming of becoming a West End star – and all of them Swedish.It opened to rave reviews: my colleague Charles Spencer had “an absolute ball” and singled out the leading lady for particular praise.Grindrod, who has been described as “the antithesis of Simon Cowell”, says: “If people are putting themselves on the line like that, it’s important that you don’t whack them down.” Yet, in the end, aren’t all but one of his finalists going to fail? As I head from the stage door towards the peals of laughter emanating from the auditorium where the girls are waiting, I think I know who’s feeling more intimidated.
The previous evening, they had seen the show for the first time. The publicists have helpfully come up with a label for each finalist.
“I think you mean 'shlootcasting’,” says Sandra coolly before explaining that it’s the word for final auditions.
“Slut,” she adds, pronouncing our familiar English word perfectly, “is a very bad word.” And with that stern admonition ringing in his ears, this shamefully ungallant knight beats a hasty retreat through the wings and out into the London drizzle.
In a disastrous attempt to change the subject, I inquire about the one word of Swedish included in the publicity material: what exactly is slutcasting?
Stony silence: it seems by mispronouncing it so expertly, I have insulted everyone.
Spamalot’s director of casting David Grindrod, who was also involved in the “Maria” and “Joseph” searches, says Sweden was an obvious choice of location for his latest star-making quest.