Rehearsals began on Monday morning – and it was the first time I saw the whole cast together – and the first time I met some of them. What a fantastic group of people, all of them perfect for their roles, the family really look like they are related, it’s great. I am very very happy.

Also our reherasal room in North London is nice and big, and most important nice and warm! Particularly with all the cold weather. I was nervous that because of the snow we might have to cancel a day of rehearsals but like troopers all the actors have made it in every day – snow on the line or not.

My next day in with them is Friday when we have the opportunity to see Paul Burgess the designer and his model box, and see what the set will be like – I’m very excited about that.