Exit stage right
The good and the drunk bedded down in the Hilton Hotel bunker in central London on Friday 22 June to toast this year’s RIBA Award winners. The extravaganza, which was apparently a curtailed version of previous ceremonies, was hosted with panache by BBC broadcaster Mark Lawson. The Front Row front man was particularly taken by Ian Ritchie’s victorious Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon where he admitted he had seen legendary thespian Sir Ian McKellan’s penis. It turned out Lawson had got an eyeful during a performance rather than in a lewd behind-the-curtain encounter. However Ritchie’s winning team became victim to its own backstage incident when members of the unusually large client/architect squad fell off the rear of the podium en route to pick up their award. One of three Health and Safety announcements followed shortly after. Rock and Roll RIBA.