National Tell a Joke Day
This is too cruel, Acorn DVD, to show Michael Kitchen telling an uproariously funny joke on the set of Enemy Fire without letting us in on it! (Clips are from “The Making of Foyle’s War, Part 1”.)
(How sad that director Jeremy Silberston passed away barely two years after these joyful moments of him here with the cast were captured on film.)
I love watching Foyle when he’s questioning someone who’s clearly evading the truth, lying through his teeth, and hiding criminal activity – someone like any given member of the Trumplican party.
I wonder what John did to merit a handwritten note from Michael Kitchen! Now listed on eBay. I didn’t know writing was a hobby of his, unless it refers to writing music.
Can’t believe it’s as hot today in London as it is here at home.
Wonderful to listen to Michael Kitchen as Mercutio in the British Library’s Reading Room today. I’ve never heard such marvelously rolled R’s and guttural line delivery from him, which combined with stage antics I can only imagine, made him an obvious audience favorite. And what a hoot to hear pulsing sax- and electric guitar-infused rock as the incidental music throughout the play.
While the British Library recordings were a feast for my ears, visiting the National Theatre Archive was a feast for my eyes. It was a thrill to delve into all the rehearsal and production photographs of Michael Kitchen, many of which I’d not seen before. So glad I was able to have copies made of some of my favorites to take home with me and add to my MK smiles collection.
“Where Michael at?” asks my daughter facetiously while enjoying cream tea at The Salt Cellar after a walking tour of Shaftesbury. Unfortunately, he was nowhere we were at this World Emoji Day. 😥
Losing myself in the wonders of Blu-Ray.
From an interview with Naomi Frederick published in Performing Women: Stand-Ups, Strumpets and Itinerants:
The last television role, where I played a Wren, was in one of the Foyle’s War episodes. The writing in that series is strong and there’s also a lovely historical element, which gives it immediately another layer of interest. I enjoyed the writing in that, which made the role worthwhile.
This scene alone would have made the role worthwhile for me.
Glad to know Michael Kitchen is enjoying this Spring bank holiday weekend in Poole Harbour – doing some sailing presumably in addition to browsing books. Wish I were there in the beautiful weather taking in the magnificent sights.
The market day donation to Bowel Cancer UK was made in honor of powerboat racer and sailing enthusiast, Robin Culpan. Michael Kitchen attended Culpan’s memorial on January 11 and opened the service with a reading of John Masefield’s
Published last month in Old Wyves’ Tales are excerpts from the memoirs of Chris Lowe, the head of English at City of Leicester Boys Grammar School while Michael Kitchen was in attendance:
I suppose my most famous pupil was Michael Kitchen, who became a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the seventies and eventually starred in the TV series Foyle’s War. He was a marvellous actor even at school, and a natural for RADA where he went at eighteen. His style was, and is, to play himself then subtly transmogify [sic] that into the character he was playing. It is very understated, but brilliantly done. One day Mary (Presumably Mrs Lowe?) and I took the fourteen-year-old Michael to the RSC costume department in Stratford On Avon to choose a pile of Shakespearean costumes for the school play. I don’t suppose it had any dramatic effect on him, but it did to us! We have followed Michael’s career with great interest and he was kind enough to meet your daddy, Simon, backstage at the National Theatre when he was but a slip of a teenager.