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Inspector Morse: The Death of the Self: Michael Kitchen at door

By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. – Macbeth

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Just finished listening to Michael Kitchen’s outstanding narration of Shylock Is My Name. Now referring back to the source material for Howard Jacobson’s novel by viewing Shakespeare Uncovered and Trevor Nunn’s National Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice with future Foyle’s War guest stars, Henry Goodman, in an Olivier Award winning performance as Shylock, and Mark Umbers as Solanio. (Since we were denied the scenes showing Foyle catching up with Howard Paige, watching the destruction of Goodman’s Shylock could be the next best thing, although unlike Shylock, Paige wouldn’t be deserving of any sympathy.)

Foyle's War: Fifty Ships: Michael Kitchen: Henry Goodman


The Brontes of Haworth: Michael Kitchen w/o sideburns

Gave Michael Kitchen a virtual shave to rid him of Branwell Brontë’s mutton chop beard.

(Image of shaving paper from Folger Shakespeare Library.)


Dandelion Dead: Michael Kitchen: Armstrong thoughts to action 1Dandelion Dead: Michael Kitchen: Armstrong thoughts to action 2
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Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried. – The Rape of Lucrece


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Having failed to receive service in their train’s dining car, Frau Messner and Peter go in search of a meal in Frankfurt.

Since mine own doors refuse to entertain me,
I’ll knock elsewhere, to see if they’ll disdain me.
The Comedy of Errors



Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 1Foyle's War: War Games: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Emily Blunt: busy bees 2
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Full merrily the humble-bee doth sing,
Till he hath lost his honey and his sting;
And being once subdued in armed tail,
Sweet honey and sweet notes together fail.
Troilus and Cressida

In her first credited role, Emily Blunt got to act opposite Michael Kitchen and wear a nifty beekeeper’s outfit. Amazing that the real experts in beekeeping require little in the way of protective wear, even when dealing with a swarm of 40,000 bees.


Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen closeup
Brimstone and Treacle: Michael Kitchen sidelong glance

…the devil hath power. To assume a pleasing shape. – Hamlet

A devil incarnate, in the form of an angel. Those eyes! And bless that hair. Let’s face it we all had rubbish hair in the 70’s (well if you had been born then of course). It was a pre-requisite of the times.  – steviecat123





Once a place of opportunity where men like Sir Helmsley’s son, Guy, could fulfill their dreams, Cape Town today faces a future threatened by looming water shortages. Dreams have been turning into nightmares for residents, Rosa Lyster writes in her recent New Yorker essay, “Coming to Terms with a Life without Water“, and she goes on to lament that words like “agualation” have entered our vocabulary as the effects of climate change become increasingly evident.

My troublous dreams this night doth make me sad.
King Lear


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

Foyle's War: Elise: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam and Foyle final scene 1Foyle's War: Elise: Michael Kitchen: Honeysuckle Weeks: Sam and Foyle final scene 2
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(Location: St. James Garden/Cemetery, Liverpool, UK, April 2014)

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.


Foyle's War: The Hide: Michael Kitchen: Andrew Scott: Foyle takes his leave 1Foyle's War: The Hide: Michael Kitchen: Andrew Scott: Foyle takes his leave 2
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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.