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The uncertain glory of an April day. – The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Really couldn’t have asked for a better final scene between Foyle and Sam. Almost as good as their first scene together.

…an ending that is genuinely tender and touching and moving – in a thoroughly buttoned-up, British, 1940s kind of way, of course. “I’d really like it if you’d be the godfather,” Sam tells Foyle (she’s PWP, pregnant without permission). “Honoured.” “Thank you.” “Pleasure.” And a kiss, the first and last. – The Guardian


Give every man thy ear but few thy voice. – Hamlet

Leave not the mansion so long tenantless,
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall
And leave no memory of what it was!
The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen quick smile 

Newly listed on eBay, the program for the National Theatre’s production of No Man’s Land at the Lyttelton Theatre which ran from January 20 – February 24, 1977 with Michael Kitchen in the cast.

As in a theatre, the eyes of men,
After a well-graced actor leaves the stage,
Are idly bent on him that enters next,
Thinking his prattle to be tedious;
Richard II

Perhaps the case for some supporting actors but not for Michael Kitchen, who would have beguiled even if both Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud had left the stage.

On this Shakespeare Sunday and UK Mother’s Day…

The Guilty: Michael Kitchen: Vey visits mother 1

And all my mother came into mine eyes. And gave me up to tears. – Henry V

Steven Vey needs a hug and gets a hug from the only person to whom he can disclose the entire sordid truth about the recent events in his life.

I hold it fit that we shake hands and part:
You, as your business and desire shall point you, —
For every man has business and desire,
Such as it is; – Hamlet

Foyle's War The Hide Michael Kitchen's gaze gif
Foyle's War The Hide Michael Kitchen's gaze still

Foyle gazing, as only Michael Kitchen can, at the honorable young man who may be his son.

If you prick us do we not bleed?
If you tickle us do we not laugh?
If you poison us do we not die?
And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

The Merchant of Venice

Peter Blythe’s characters really should avoid fraternizing with Michael Kitchen’s characters. Grp Cpt. Smythe kept his distance and walked away unscathed but woe to Chris Bouch and Kenneth Lawrence.

“What’s done, is done.” – Macbeth

“A kind heart he hath; a woman would run through fire and water for such a kind heart.” – The Merry Wives of Windsor

Testifying in earnest — with about the same level of disclosure and honesty exhibited by many members of the incoming Trump administration.

And thus I clothe my naked villany…
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
Richard III

They say, best men are moulded out of faults;
And, for the most,
become much more the better
For being a little bad:
Measure for Measure

Loved watching Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton show up on an elector’s doorstep as much as seeing Michael Kitchen’s Jack Turner surprise Christine at her front door – much needed cheer this holiday season and especially today with the unthinkable moving yet closer to becoming official.


Outtake 1

Outtake 2

Outtake 3

Priceless beyond words.

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. – The Merchant of Venice

A raucous riot of a scene with Greg and Linda determined to have it out even with a door in the way. Michael Kitchen looks hilariously deranged with his face distorted by the window glass.

“You told a lie, an odious damned lie; Upon my soul, a lie, a wicked lie.” – Othello

“But thou art fair, and at thy birth, dear boy, Nature and Fortune join’d to make thee great.” – King John

After a one-year stint as a student assistant stage manager at the Belgrade Theatre Company, Michael Kitchen attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1969, the same year he appeared in the school’s production of The Night of the Iguana. Juliet Aykroyd, whom MK dated, was a year ahead of him at RADA and recently wrote an interesting essay on what it was like being a student there in the 1960’s.

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” – Henry IV

Politically outmaneuvered by Prime Minister Urquhart.  

According to the Wikipedia page for To Play the King, in the original novel by Michael Dobbs the King is not forced to give in to any demand by Urquhart to abdicate but instead “willingly abdicates ahead of the general election, indicating that he will stand against Urquhart. In fact, he insists on his abdication being handled before Urquhart can call the election. Rather than feeling confident that the King has been politically neutered, Urquhart is left feeling that the ground is slipping beneath him.” How satisfying would it have been to see the King hold the upper hand over Urquhart in the dramatized version also as he thinks he does here:

John Farrow learns of fedge for the first time. Love it. His reaction reminds me Greg Brentwood’s confusion and incredulity.

Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere. – Twelfth Night

Tapping on the fuel gauge in a disaster movie usually portends doom, and it’s no different in Dykket.  With Gunnar’s wife waiting anxiously by the phone for news of her stranded husband, Bricks is determined to embark on a dive to try to save his friend’s life, despite the captain’s warnings that the attempt would be suicidal.

“Thou know’st that all my fortunes are at sea.” – The Merchant of Venice

Steven Vey’s bare cupboard.

“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain –” – Hamlet

My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break. – The Taming of the Shrew

Remarkable how much MK curls his tongue for the word “least”.

KT said:

I thought everyone did that when they said words beginning with “l”, I certainly do. I wonder if it’s a UK/US thing or just the way different tongues are made?

Could very well be just me.