by Keith Waterhouse
Waterhouse’s play is a loving yet poignant portrait of one of English journalism’s most lovable rogues - made famous by Peter O’Toole’s stunning turn in the original West End run. Bernard was the writer of the ‘Low Life’ column in The Spectator. The play's title is a reference to the magazine’s policy of printing the words ‘Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell’ instead of his column whenever he was too inebriated or hungover to write. The play is set in a fictional ‘lock-in’ at Bernard’s pub of choice, the Coach and Horses in Soho. Alone and unable to escape, Bernard takes the opportunity to share some choice anecdotes from his fascinating life.