After London Attack, UK Jewish Actress Maureen Lipman Pays Tribute to ‘British Spirit,’ But Says She Is ‘Fairly Terrified’ of Possible Corbyn Victory in Thursday’s Elections
The legendary British Jewish actress Maureen Lipman has spoken about her experience of being caught up in the ISIS terrorist attack in London on Saturday night, paying tribute to the “remarkable spirit” displayed by the British people in the ensuing hours and days.
Lipman — whose credits include a starring role in Roman Polanski’s 2002 film about the Holocaust, “The Pianist” — told The Algemeiner that she had been performing in the play “Lettuce and Lovage” at the Menier Chocolate Factory near Borough Market when the incident occurred. The three terrorists embarked on a stabbing spree in the market after ramming their van into pedestrians on London Bridge.
“We did a second show on Saturday and the police came in at the end,” Lipman said. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, they’ve done it again.’ They kept the audience and the players back for a little while and then they slowly let us out.”
Unable to access her car, Lipman said she eventually got home in a taxi.
Lipman was optimistic that a full house would be back in the theater to see the show on Tuesday night.
“We’re already sold out, and I imagine there will be enough spirit of defiance that people will do everything they can to get there,” she said. “There’s a remarkable spirit in this country, in this ‘scepter’d isle'” — a description from William Shakespeare’s play Richard the Second.
British Jews were part of that collective spirit, Lipman said. “There’s no tribalism in this, the political parties come together, and people behave magnificently in a crisis,” she observed. “It’s just a pity it has to be a crisis like this that brings people together.”
But Lipman did express concern about the prospect of a victory for the country’s Labour Party, led by far-left figurehead Jeremy Corbyn, in Thursday’s parliamentary elections. Corbyn is a visceral critic of Israel whose two years at the helm of Labour have been dogged by accusations of antisemitism throughout the party’s ranks.
“I’m fairly terrified that Labour is doing as well as it is,” Lipman said. “Corbyn looks very dashing on a soapbox because that’s all he can do, that’s what he’s been doing for the last thirty years.”
“If he does get in, then we all need to buy a place in Brooklyn,” she added.