August 29th, 2011

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The Tempest starring Ralph Fiennes, Theatre Royal Haymarket

There is WAY too much good stuff happening in London Theatre at the moment - I cannot keep up!

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Belatedly, I would like to wish Ralph Fiennes the best of luck (not that he needs it) as he opens as Prospero in The Tempest (one of my favourite Shakespeare plays). The production opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on Saturday (27 August) and runs until 29 October.

Cut and pasted from an email from the Box Office at the Theatre Royal Haymarket:

Trevor Nunn directs William Shakespeare's The Tempest as the third production of his electrifying season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Starring Ralph Fiennes as Prospero with Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo.

Almost certainly Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest can lay claim to being the first ever work of magic realism. Marooned and left to die on a remote island, Prospero can command spirits, create apparitions and manipulate the elements. By using his magic, he assembles his enemies to take revenge on them, and in the process awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first experience of love. The theme of reconciliation gives immense emotional force to Shakespeare's farewell to the stage.

I will be keeping track of this production and will post up reviews of it in due course.
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Sherlock: Bank Holiday Monday Special

With huge huge HUGE thanks to Roger Johnson, the Editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal, for bringing this to my attention.

As soon as I got this information, I knew this was going to be my Bank Holiday Monday Special!

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Cut and pasted from The Bookseller website:

BBC Books to develop series around TV's Sherlock

BBC Books is to launch a publishing programme around Bafta-winning TV series "Sherlock", which was inspired by the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes.

The titles will each feature the show's branding and introductions by key members of the "Sherlock" team, including co-founders Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

The first title will be Conan Doyle's Sherlock: A Study in Scarlet, with an introduction by Moffat. BBC Books will publish this on 15th September.

Conan Doyle's Sherlock: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes will follow on 27th October, with an introduction by Gatiss.

Albert de Petrillo, BBC Books editorial director, said:
"Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are two of the most exciting talents in television today . . . together they have created something very special with 'Sherlock'. It's a privilege to publish against such a rich and innovative show, and one with such international appeal."

Three more titles will follow in spring next year: Sherlock: The Sign of Four; Sherlock: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes; and Sherlock: The Hound of the Baskervilles.

In autumn 2012, BBC Books will publish Sherlock: The Casebook as a £14.99 hardback gift guide, revisiting all the mysteries solved throughout the TV series.

A contemporary reimagining of Conan Doyle's detective tales, the first three-part BBC1 series averaged nine million viewers per episode in the UK. A second series is due, with transmission date to be confirmed.

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I am not at all sure how this happened but I am honoured to randomly disover that I have made it onto the

The Sherlock Holmes Society of London describes as "An excellent well arranged site to help find a myriad of information and weblinks concerning Holmes and ACD." I have made it onto the Individual Sherlockians page of Sherlockian.Net, which lists home pages and individual Sherlock Holmes fan pages.

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I have no clue how this happened but I have a feeling it is largely thanks to Roger Johnson giving me a few plugs in the District Messenger - thank you Roger!