There is something cruel in every love. My heart has wronged you and it has wronged you before. It means I am imperfect. Born imperfect. Educated imperfectly. Moulded in my formative years, by imperfect hands. And so, expect not else. But if you look for someone to love you, imperfectly. Look no further. I am he, if you will still love me. I am he.
I've just come back from another trip to see the play - I commiserated with Rufus about not getting the Best Actor nomination, and he said he wasn't bothered about himself, but that he felt sorry for Lia, with Kristin getting nominated and not her. I think he's pleased the play's up for an award, though.
The Stage has a column about this year's nominations, and it points out the strange omissions from Old Times (among other plays):
Here is the relevant part of the column.
The Oliviers muddle of timing, nominations and judging
...I know awards are such that not everyone can get nominated, but it seems odd that in that two-hander the wondrous Sally Hawkins failed to secure a Best Actress nomination opposite Spall, or the incredible direction of Michael Longhurst that turned it (and them) into a glistening gem failed to get recognised either. But even odder is the fact that Kristin Scott Thomas is nominated for Best Actress for Old Times, whereas Lia Williams, with whom she shares both female roles in the play, isn’t. Ditto, there’s a striking absence for Rufus Sewell, their partner in the play, from the Best Actor list. It’s also slightly disappointing that Olivier favourite Sheridan Smith (this year’s co-presenter of the awards with Hugh Bonneville) failed to get a for her brave Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic.
Another curiosity: five names are shortlisted in the best actor category against only four women in the best actress one (so there would have been room for Hawkins, Williams or Smith if they had equalled the number of male nominees). And yet the best supporting actresses claim a lead of five nominees instead against just four supporting men (one of whom Paul Chahidi actually played a woman in Twelfth Night, while one of the supporting actresses Cush Jumbo actually played a man in Julius Caesar).