Actor Rhys Ifans made an unplanned first night impression at the Almeida last night. He was on hand for the world premiere of Earthly Paradise, directed by Robert Delamere, who directed Ifans to great acclaim in Accidental Death of an Anarchist at the Donmar Warehouse last year. In the first act of Peter Whelan’s play about pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabrielle Rossetti and William Morris, one tenderly floral scene was interrupted by what seemed to be a long, loud snort of derision from the stalls. In fact, it was a jet-lagged Ifans startling himself awake from a short snooze. He was suitably apologetic afterwards, not least to the equally startled critic from Metro sat next to him.