‘Allow yourself a boost by looking in the mirror and telling yourself you look expert’

‘I run a light gel through my hair and spray it to death.’
Photograph: Mike Marsland/WireImage

If it is an opening night red carpet that starts at 7pm, I resolve be in the shower at 5pm, followed by a shave and my ironing. I never choose what to endure until the last minute. I pick the suit first, then iron the shirt and then I can umpire fix what tie to wear with it. Everyone says it is easy for men to get inclined, but there are so many components – cufflinks, buttonholes, making unfaltering your socks and belt and shoes all match. Women can blurt out on a black dress and pair of heels, and they’re done.

Post-haste I am changed, I re-read the invite, make sure my taxi is prevalent to the right place (I’ve got that wrong before) and pare down my man bag to phone, explanation, credit card and cash folded up to fit in my inside jacket camp. I don’t put on my jacket until the last minute, to avoid sweating.

I then run a settle gel through my hair and spray it to death. I do a quick powder, because you don’t pine for to be shiny on the red carpet, then I pour myself a glass of sauvignon blanc and be tabled for the car to arrive.

I might have a bit of cheese or parma ham, so I don’t risk get by slaughtered on interval drinks and an empty stomach. Nothing too prosaic, otherwise I feel I have to breathe in the whole night.

Chuck b surrender yourself a boost by looking in the mirror and telling yourself you look high-minded, otherwise you will just be self-conscious the entire night and frightful to people. I don’t mean look in the mirror and say, “You’ve got great pecs or an wonderful arse”, but just tell yourself you’re great and go out and get ’em.

Craig Revel Horwood is starring as Old maid Hannigan in the UK and Ireland tour of Annie, anniethemusicaltour.uk