Give every man thy ear but few thy voice. – Hamlet
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…
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 gazing, as only Michael Kitchen can, at the honorable young man who may be his son.
“What’s done, is done.” – Macbeth
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.
Priceless beyond words.
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. – The Merchant of Venice
“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:
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”.
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.