Two popular members of Birmingham's Crescent Theatre were married on Saturday in the fairytale setting of the 12-Century New Hall, Sutton Coldfield, the oldest inhabited moated manor house in England.
Simon Frisby, who mans the theatre bar as a volunteer several times a week, and Jane Mather, the theatre's administrator, tied the nuptial knot in the picturesque setting of the panelled Great Chamber. She was a delightful bride in a Tudor-style cream gown of crushed velvet with a circlet of fresh flowers on her head.
Happily recovered from a mystery illness that put her in hospital in the run-up to the wedding, she is the unseen hand behind the theatre's excellent and detailed programmes, to which I have drawn attention in the past.
Colin Lamb the Crescent's familiar face at the box office, gave the first reading and I had the privilege of giving the second - and we realised as we sat opposite each other alongside the central walkway that we had inadvertently done our best to keep up with the splendid sartorial tone by wearing shoes in almost-matching shades of tan.
Coralie Paxton had to go straight from the wedding to the theatre, for the final night of the Crescent's double bill, The Browning Version and Still Life, which she directed. And Dave Williamson - he who brought a whole new meaning to the term fire drill in an episode to which I referred last week - regaled our table with the tale of a behind-thescenes colleague who had an unforeseen adventure with an exploding oil drum.
Just to follow on from my reference to Still Life: Noel Coward wrote it in 1936 as part of Tonight at 8.30, which consisted of nine one-act plays designed to run in threes on successive nights.
This particular playlet formed the basis ten years later of Brief Encounter, the bittersweet story of a couple's meetings in a railway station waiting room - and it surely never achieved a more memorable production than that provided by Solihull Arts Drama, many years ago now, in the tiny venue into which the group had converted an ordinary house, to provide a tiny stage and an auditorium that held about 30 people.
It was pretty intimate.
Anyway, while the couple sat and murmured sweet nothings at their downstage table, the girl whose role found her behind the waiting room service counter had occasion to exit, stage right.
Unfortunately, the nature of the premises meant that there were no wings on that side - so when she opened the waiting room door she effectively stepped into a cupboard and was required to remain there until the curtain closed.
Even more unfortunately, she was sharing the cupboard with some of the stage electrics - and more unfortunately still, they overheated.
But the show must go on, and the two central characters continued swapping dialogue while smoke began emerging from beneath the waiting room door and the sounds of muffled splutterings were heard.
To the rescue came another member of the cast, dressed in military uniform, who marched across from the other side of the stage, carrying a fire extinguisher.
He opened the door, pressed the squirt button and marched back to where he had come from - having first closed the door behind him, leaving the counter staff to get on with her choking and sobbing with-out further assistance, and with steam clouds replacing the smoke.
But there's always a silver lining. One member of the tiny audience was heard to remark afterwards: "They're such a good company. You could even smell the trains!"
The Brit Youth Theatre launches its production of Annie at The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, tonight, with a company of youngsters aged between six and 18, who fill all the roles, apart from Daddy Warbucks.
The exception is Paul Wescott, who is 45 and took the same role in the production last year at Sutton Arts Theatre.
The children are from Solihull and Lichfield, where classes are held on Saturdays and Tuesdays respectively. Brit Youth Theatre also has a branch in Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, where members have just presented Fame The Musical at The Sutton Arts Theatre.
The next production will be Oliver! at the Old Rep in July next year. Auditions will start next month. Classes are taught by Michelle Connolly, who took the title role in Elizabeth I on Channel 5, and Steve Paget, who was an original cast member of Billy Elliot - The Musical in the West End.
More information is available on 07958 949 858 and 07775 696 797.