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Happy Birthday for 2014, Michael Praed!

Happy Birthday, Michael!

1 April 2014 -  For your birthday this year, Michael, Fanfare is treating you to a vineyard and winery tour.  This fantastic experience for two is a unique opportunity to discover how a working vineyard and winery operate. You'll find out about the entire wine-making process with your vineyard and winery tour, from planting the seeds to bottling the finished products. You'll then be able to try a wonderful selection of refreshing wines with a fun and informative tasting session - and this fun and fascinating day out even includes a sumptuous lunch as part of your tour to soak up some of that delicious wine.

 

Michael Praed and Josefina Gabrielle star in 'Two Into One'.

'Two Into One'

8 March 2014 -  Legendary comedy playwright Ray Cooney returns to London to direct a brand new revival of his political comedy 'Two Into One' at the Southwark theatre Menier Chocolate Factory.  Performances start this evening and run to 26 April.

When George Pidgen is tasked by MP Richard Willey to book a hotel room for him and his mistress, what could possibly go wrong? As the bumbling aide makes a series of mistakes, with disastrous consequences, events turn into classic farce in Ray Cooney’s hilarious comedy.

Cooney, an internationally acclaimed playwright, also wrote 'Move Over Mrs Markham', 'Run for Your Wife', 'Out of Order' (Olivier Award for Best Comedy), 'It Runs In the Family', 'Funny Money', and 'Caught in the Net'.

Direction is by Ray Cooney, with design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting design by Paul Anderson and sound design by Gregory Clarke.

Tickets are available online through the Menier Chocolate Factory, whose website may be found here.

 

Michael and Josefina Gabrielle to co-star in 'Two Into One'

30 January 2014 -  London theatre Menier Chocolate Factory announced that veteran comedy writer Ray Cooney OBE will be directing his own farce 'Two Into One', starring Michael Praed and Josefina Gabrielle.  Previews start 8 March, with the engagement officially running from 19 March to 26 April, 2014.

Set in 1984, 'Two Into One'  follows philandering MP Richard Willey (Michael), struggling to conform to prudish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's puritanical leadership. On the eve before voting on a bill that would outlaw pornography, everyone in Parliament is on their best behavior - except Willey. While his colleagues prepare to debate, Willey is attempting to bed the Leader of the Opposition's secretary  in a London hotel. But Willey's bumbling aide makes a series of disastrous mistakes in booking the encounter, and extreme complications ensue. Josefina Gabrielle stars as Willey's long-suffering wife

Cooney, an internationally acclaimed playwright, also wrote 'Move Over Mrs Markham', 'Run for Your Wife', 'Out of Order' (Olivier Award for Best Comedy), 'It Runs In the Family', 'Funny Money', and 'Caught in the Net'.

Tickets are available online through the Menier Chocolate Factory, whose website may be found here.

 

Michael Praed and Daisy Boulton in 'The White Carnation'. Photo by Mitzi de Margary
Photo by Mitzi de Margary

Michael stars in 'The White Carnation'

7 January 2014 -  Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre, the first production in sixty years of R. C. Sherriff's supernatural drama, 'The White Carnation' transfers for a limited three week run to Jermyn Street Theatre in London, opening on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 7.30pm) to Saturday, 22 February 2014.

The show stars Michael Praed, who joins the existing superlative Finborough Theatre cast, which includes acclaimed newcomer Daisy Boulton and Benjamin Whitrow (Mr. Bennet in BBC's Pride and Prejudice).

It is the winter of 1951. As Britain rebuilds itself after the war, John Greenwood has it all - a successful business, a beautiful home and an aristocratic wife. But as he bids farewell to the guests leaving his annual house party, a gust of wind slams the front door shut, starting a chain of events that makes him doubt everything he has ever known...

From the writer of one of the 20th century's most acclaimed plays, Journey's End and countless screenplays including 'Goodbye Mr. Chips', 'The Dam Busters' and 'Mrs. Miniver', 'The White Carnation' is a ghostly tale of one man's chance to do things differently.

Please contact the Jermyn Street Theatre directly here for performance information and tickets.

 

Happy New Year from Michael Praed's Fanfare!

Happy New Year!

1 January 2014 -  I'd like to take this time to wish all of you a happy new year.  May joy, contentment and success find you in 2014.  Bright blessings to all!

 

Michael's 2012 Christmas presents

2013 Christmas presents for Michael

25 December, 2013 -  For Christmas this year, Michael received from Fanfare two fine French wines.  The white is from the Burgundy region, Grange Magnien Macon Villages by Louis Jadot, a crisp dry Chardonnay with a fine, buttery concentration. The red is from the Bordeaux region of Montagne Saint Emilion, Chateau La Fleur Plaisance 2006, Claret with a soft, ripe style.

To provide our favorite Mac fan with lots of music and apps, we've also given him a £100 iTunes gift voucher. 

Hope your Christmas was happy, Michael!

 

New audiobook: 'Hannibal: Fields of Blood'

5 September 2013 -  The second of the Ben Kane Hannibal audiobooks featuring Michael Praed as narrator has just been released. The title is 'Hannibal: Fields of Blood'.  Hannibal is the Carthaginian general who invaded Rome 218 BC - 216 BC.

Hannibal's campaign to defeat Rome continues as he marches south to confront his enemy. With him is a young soldier, Hanno. Like his general, Hanno burns to vanquish Rome. Never has the possibility seemed so likely. But a stealthy game of cat and mouse is being played as Rome's generals seek to avoid confrontation. Eventually the two armies meet under a fierce summer sun. The place is Cannae - the fields of blood. The battle will go down in history as one of the bloodiest ever fought, a battle in which Hanno knows he must fight as never before - just to stay alive. Who will triumph? Hannibal and his warrior army, or the mighty legions of Rome?

'Hannibal: Enemy of Rome' is the first part of the story, released on 2 June 2011.

You should be able to find it on various audio download sources. Click here for a link to our Merchandise page for assistance.

Update: Although Amazon US may list this audiobook, it isn't available outside the UK due to licensing restrictions.

 

 'High Society' poster winner.

Lisa Loewy wins autographed 'High Society' poster

9 June 2013 -  Congratulations to Lisa Loewy for winning the autographed Michael Praed poster! We know you'll enjoy your poster, Lisa.  Thank you to all who entered!

I'd like to thank Clare Menary and, of course, the ever gracious Michael Praed for making this contest possible!

 

Detail of 'High Society' poster.
Pertinent detail of the poster.

Win an autographed 'High Society' poster!

26 May 2013 -  Thanks to Michael Praed fan Clare Menary, we have 'High Society' poster signed by Michael Praed to give away!

If you would like to enter the contest, post on the Fanfare Forum thread  with your name. You will be assigned a number in the order you post. (In other words, if you are the first to respond, you are 1. If you are the eleventh to respond, you are 11.) Two weeks from today, we will select a random number in our weekly chat. If your number corresponds to the number drawn, you get the poster. It is as simple as that.

Clare and I are disqualifying ourselves from entering the contest. Sign up now!

Note: Contest is now closed.

 

Michael's 2013 Birthday presents

Michael's 2013 birthday presents

1 April, 2013 -  Due to Christmas difficulties in ordering presents in the UK from the US, Celeste decided not to collect money for Michael's birthday present this year.  Instead, she experimented with a new payment method and bought fewer items.  There were still difficulties, but the transactions went through and two items were sent on behalf of Fanfare members.

The result was a Penhaligon's cologne sampler featuring phials of Blenheim Bouquet, Endymion, Sartorial, Quercus, Opus 1870, Artemisia, Malabah, Ellenisia, Lily of the Valley, and Bluebell.  Hopefully, this will give him new scents to try now his beloved Penhaligon's Orange Blossom cologne has been discontinued.

Also sent to Michael was a warm, fuzzy fleece blanket to keep him warm between performances.  We've heard Michael likes to nap between shows, so this should keep him cozy as he rests.

Happy Birthday, Michael!  May you have many more!

 

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