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Club News - 2006


This is the Fanfare news of 2006 in the order it appeared.
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'Michael-inspired' Victoria Frances 2006 calendar

 Michael-inspired 2006 calendar available  

January 1, 2006 - Artist Frances Quinn spotted a familiar face on a 2006 vampire calendar by Spanish artist Victoria Francés. Looking very much like a romantic Vlad Tepesh, the full painting shows a cloaked figure standing on a balcony, surrounded by gothic gargoyles.  Since it is a calendar, its days are definitely numbered.  Buy yours today (http://www.oneposter.com or http://www.calendarclub.co.uk).

 

'Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley'  ©'Robin of Sherwood' 1984 HTV Ltd & Goldcrest Films
Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley.
'Robin of Sherwood' ©1984 HTV Ltd & Goldcrest Films

 New 'Robin of Sherwood' episode?  

January 2006 - Nickolas Grace, who played the Sheriff of Nottingham in the HTV series 'Robin of Sherwood', recently told fan Eric De Bock that Vanessa Greatorex has written a new script called 'Robin of Sherwood: The Reward'.  It takes place 21 years after the events of the last episode. The action resolves the unanswered questions surrounding Robert of Huntingdon, Marion, Guy of Gisburne and the Sheriff of Nottingham, and reveals what has befallen Robin's companions.  Robin of Loxley, killed by the Sheriff in the 1984 series, makes an appearance as a vision to Huntingdon. Loxley was originally played by Michael Praed.  Although we don't know what Michael thinks, we've heard that "several original cast members have responded favorably" to her script and a director has stepped forward.  There's still some way to go before the script can be translated to screen.  If you would like to check out more details, take a look at Eric's wonderful website 'Tales of Sherwood Forest' at http://members.tripod.com/talesofsherwoodfores/.  He has an online petition to sign if you would like to support this venture.

 

'Mile High' Series one
'Mile High'

 'Mile High' DVD released  

January 30, 2006 - 'Mile High', a short-lived series which Michael Praed made a guest appearance in February of 2003, has been released on DVD.  Michael is only in the second episode of the series, but he gets to play a rather unlikable character by the name of Michael Webb.  Check the Merchandise page for ordering information.

 

'Old Croghan Man' poses with experts Isabella Mulhall and Rolly Read.'  © 2006 BBC photo

The 'Old Croghan Man' poses with experts
Isabella Mulhall and Rolly Read.  
BBC Photo

 'Timewatch: The Bog Bodies'  

January 20, 2006 - Michael narrates "Timewatch: The Bog Bodies" on BBC2, January 20, 2006 at 9.00 pm. BBC has exclusive access to the investigation conducted by the National Museum of Ireland. The bodies of 'Old Croghan Man' and 'Clonycavan Man' were miraculously preserved for 2300 years in an Irish peat bog and discovered within weeks of one another. Forensic evidence reveals much about their diet, social status, even hairstyle. It also gives brutal evidence that life -- and death -- in the Iron Age could be vicious. For Timewatch listings, check http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch.  

 

'Crazy Wild' and 'Crazy Cool' by Tara Janzen  © 2006 Dell Books
'Crazy Wild' and 'Crazy Cool' by Tara Janzen
© 2006 Dell Books

 More Michael-inspired 'Crazy' books  

January 31, 2006 - Two more books in the 'Crazy' series about a special missions force are available. The sexy team includes a plethora of Michael Praed-inspired characters created by fan Tara Janzen.  'Crazy Wild' was released January 31, 2006.  'Crazy Kisses' will be released February 28, 2006, but can be ordered online now.  Ordering information from Amazon follows.  Don't forget to check out Tara's previous books in the series while you're there.

'Crazy Wild'
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0440242606/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440242606/
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440242606
/   

'Crazy Kisses'
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0440242614/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440242614/
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440242614/
  

 

 Click here to go to 'Spirit of Sherwood'
Spirit of Sherwood
 

 New URL for 'Spirit of Sherwood'  

February 24, 2006 - If you are in search of the 'Robin of Sherwood' official fan club, 'Spirit of Sherwood', you'll find it at its new home.  Webmistress Tirza van Rijn recently announced that the club has its own domain.  The URL, which should be a lot easier for us aging fans to remember, is www.robinofsherwood.org.  Don't forget to replace your old bookmarks.

 

'Timewatch: Unknown Soldiers' © 2006 BBC Photo
'Timewatch: Unknown Soldiers' © 2006 BBC Photo

'Timewatch: Unknown Soldiers' 

February 24, 2006 - Michael narrates "Timewatch: Unknown Soldiers" on BBC2 at 9.00 pm., Friday, 24 February. Timewatch follows a special American military unit called in to identify the remains of two soldiers from World War I . For Timewatch listings, check http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch  

 

Click here to go to 'Michael Praed Online'

 New address for 'Michael Praed Online'  

February 24, 2006 - Michael Praed Online has moved. It is now found at http://dreamchaser-uk.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&sectionid=16&id=88&Itemid=81 (whew!).  As usual, Chimera has done a fantastic job.  Drop by and take a look.  Don't forget to adjust your old bookmarks while you're at it.

 

'The final arrow from 'Robin of Sherwood'' ©1984 HTV Goldcrest Films and TV

 Two fan tributes to Loxley  

February 24, 2006 - From time to time, we see excellent tributes to Michael Praed from fans.  Sometimes, those fans are partial to a particular role.  In this case, we have two beautiful fan tributes to Robin of Loxley from ITV's 'Robin of Sherwood'.  Here is your chance to take a look at these videos.  Thank you, Anne and Ed, for permission to link to your poignant homage to one of our favorite characters.

Fan Anne Swain recently spent a few days trying to figure out how to work her new toy, Windows Movie Maker. She created a lovely tribute to Robin of Loxley to the music of 'Sunset Dreams' by Clannad. There is one Windows Media video, but you have your choice of three different size downloads.
Large: http://www.startingpoint.co.uk/ros_sd_l.wmv  40.5 MB (42,527,452 bytes)  Huge file (meant for broadband) but the quality is excellent. 
Medium: http://www.startingpoint.co.uk/ros_sd_m.wmv  18.1 MB (18,986,450 bytes) Quality is fine
Small: http://www.startingpoint.co.uk/ros_sd_s.wmv  9.50 MB (9,970,994 bytes) Lowest quality, but you get the idea.

Freelance producer and 'Robin of Sherwood' fan Ed Stradling created a wonderful tribute to Robin of Loxley to the tune of Don Henley's 'The End of the Innocence'. If you don't have broadband this Windows Media Audio/Video file may take a while to download, but it is worth every moment. http://www.ecs.homechoice.co.uk/ros.wmv  19.0 MB (19,952,314 bytes)

These are fan tributes and is not intended for sale in any format. It is not the creators' intention to infringe anyone's copyright and will be removed if requested.

 

'Mission in Vietnam' © 2006 Photo by JPAC
© 2006 Photo by JPAC
JPAC: Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

 'Timewatch: Missing in Action'  

March 3, 2006 - Almost 40 years after the fact, the US is trying to locate and identify pilots missing in action during the Vietnam War.  Michael narrates  as Timewatch (BBC2 Friday 3 March at 21:00) follows an American military unit in search of two pilots who were shot down in the war. For Timewatch listings, check http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch.  Short audio/video clips of Michael's narrations are also briefly available on the BBC website.  

 

'Robin z Sherwood'  ©2002 Network artwork

 Polish 'Robin of Sherwood' DVDs offered  

March 8, 2006 - The Spirit of Sherwood fan club recently announced that 'Robin of Sherwood' DVDs are now available in Poland. 'Robin z Sherwood' is released through Studio Printel at  (http://printel.pl/robinzsherwood/) in collaboration with Network DVD.  Polish Michael Praed fans - make merry!

 

'Timewatch: Genghis Khan' © 2006 BBC Photos
'Timewatch: The Secret History of Genghis Khan'
© 2006 BBC Photos

 'Timewatch: The Secret History of Genghis Khan'

March 10, 2006 - The world's most famous warrior, Genghis Khan, rose from abject poverty to rule most of the known world.  History records him as a brutal butcher, but for centuries his true story laid buried, forgotten in Chinese archives.  Written nearly 800 years ago by Genghis Khan's adopted son, an extraordinary text reveals the secret history of Genghis Khan. Who was the real man behind the legend and how did he inspire his successors from beyond the grave to conquer the largest land empire the world has ever seen?  Michael narrates "Timewatch: The Secret History of Genghis Khan" on BBC2 at 9.00 pm., Friday, 10 March. For listings, check http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch. Short audio/video clips of Michael's narrations are also briefly available on BBC's Timewatch website.  

 

Michael Praed in 'Robin of Sherwood'  ©1984 HTV Goldcrest Films and TV

 'Robin of Sherwood' Returns to ITV3  

March 12, 2006 - Capitalizing on the recent surge of interest in Robin Hood, ITV3 is re-showing 'Robin of Sherwood' on Sunday evenings, starting 12th of March at 7:55 and 16:50.  While talk circulates of a short sequel to 'RoS', the BBC announced they were creating a new 13-part Robin Hood series written by Dominic Minghella.  Like HTV did with the original 'Robin of Sherwood' series, the BBC plans to pit their Robin against 'Dr Who'.  History repeats itself.

 

'Killing Castro' © 2006 Fanfare

 Michael touring in 'Killing Castro' starting May  

March 24, 2006 - It is an open secret that the CIA spent years hatching plots to remove Fidel Castro from power in Cuba. Less well known were the suggested schemes to stick an explosive in one of Castro’s famous cigars or to poison his shoes with botulism toxin! In the run-up to Castro’s visit to the UN in 1960 we are taken to CIA secret headquarters to watch four bumbling officials hatch the conspiracy of the decade only for it to go wrong in the most disastrous and hilarious ways. Dubbed ‘the play the CIA does not want you to see’ this new comedy by British writer Brian Stewart (from TV’s The Office) has enjoyed critical acclaim in the US.

Michael reunites with old 'Robin of Sherwood' buddy Clive Mantle in this romp.

The run starts Tuesday, 23 May at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, followed by appearances at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, the Richmond Theatre in Richmond and the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. Tickets may be purchased through the venues or Ticketmaster

 

'His Duty, Her Destiny' © 2006 Juliet Landon, Mills and Boon
© 2006 Juliet Landon,
Mills and Boon Books

 'His Duty, Her Destiny' audiobook released  

March 25, 2006 - Michael has a new audiobook out that is likely to be a hit with those fans who consider themselves hopeless romantics.  Mills and Boon recently released the historical romance 'His Duty Her Destiny' by Juliet Landon with Michael Praed narrating.  The book can be ordered directly from the Mills and Boon UK website or from other online bookstores. You can hear a short sound clip at the Mills and Boon website too. 

 

'Killing Castro' © 2006 Fanfare
Richard Jordan Productions Ltd © 2006

 Venue updates  

Several more venues with dates have been confirmed for 'Killing Castro'.  Additions are highlighted. 

The current list includes the following: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tues 23 - Sat 27 May), Theatre Royal - Brighton (Mon 29 May -  Sat 3 June), Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Mon 12 - Sat 17 June), Everyman Palace Theatre - Cork (Mon 19 - Saturday 24 June), Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Mon 26 June - Friday 1 July), The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Mon 10 - Saturday 15 July), Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Mon 17- Sat 22 July), Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Mon 24 - Sat 29 July).

Observant readers will notice a couple weeks with gaps.  It is possible there are a few more venues out there waiting for confirmation.  If we hear of them, we'll let you know.

For more details, including contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues (much easier to read!), please click here.

Stay tuned! 

 

'Timewatch: The Crusader's Lost Fort' © 2006 BBC Photo
'Timewatch: The Crusader's Lost Fort'
© 2006 BBC Photo

  'Timewatch: The Crusader's Lost Fort'  

April 14, 2006 - In 1179 a great Crusader castle was destroyed after a five day siege. Eight hundred of its garrison were killed and at least 700 enslaved. It was a catastrophe for the Crusader cause - but how did it happen? How did the great Muslim leader Saladin break into this 'state of the art' fortress and defeat its fearsome Knight Templar defenders in such a short time? Join Timewatch as they reveal the true and savage story of 'Jacob's Ford'.   

Michael Praed narrates "Timewatch: The Crusader's Lost Fort" on BBC2 at 9.00 pm., Friday, 14 April. Short audio/video clips of Michael's narrations are briefly available on BBC's Timewatch website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch.   

 

'Killing Castro' © 2006 Fanfare
Richard Jordan Productions Ltd © 2006

 Another venue added  

Another venue has been confirmed for 'Killing Castro'.  The Theatre Royal in Plymouth will be presenting the Brian Stewart comedy the first week of July.  The schedule now includes the following theatres:

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
*Unconfirmed*
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June,
Everyman Palace Theatre - Cork (Monday 19 June - Saturday 24 June)
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)

We are waiting for confirmation on a venue for the first week of June.  If we get one, we'll let you know.

For more details, including contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues (much easier to read!), please click here.

 

'Timewatch: The Mystery of the Headless Romans' © 2006 BBC Photo
'Timewatch: The Mystery of the Headless Romans'
© 2006 BBC Photo

  'Timewatch: The Mystery of the Headless Romans'  

April 21, 2006 - The discovery of 30 decapitated Roman skeletons in a rear garden of a house in York kicked-off an intense archaeological investigation. What did all this mean and why did these bodies have their heads removed?  Michael Praed narrates the second episode of the current BBC Timewatch series,  "Timewatch: The Mystery of the Headless Romans", on BBC2 at 9.00 pm., Friday 21 April.

 

'Killing Castro' © 2006 Fanfare
Richard Jordan Productions Ltd © 2006

 Malvern venue added  

An additional venue, and possibly the last of the tour, has been confirmed for the 2006 UK tour of 'Killing Castro' with Michael Praed, Clive Mantle and Edward Hardwicke.  The Festival Theatre (of the Malvern Theatres) in Malvern will be presenting the comedy the first full week of June.  The schedule now includes the following theatres:

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June,
Everyman Palace Theatre - Cork (Monday 19 June - Saturday 24 June)
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)

The Brian Stewart comedy is based on an actual CIA plot to kill Castro during his 1960 visit to the UN and has already played to appreciative audiences in the US.

For more details, including contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here.

 

'Timewatch: Battle for Warsaw'  © 2006 BBC Photo
'Timewatch: Battle for Warsaw'
© 2006 BBC Photo

  'Timewatch: Battle for Warsaw'  

April 28, 2006 - The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 saw its people take on the might of the Nazis. Timewatch tells how Britain abandoned these people to their fate in one of the most heroic military operations undertaken by any resistance movement in World War II. Michael Praed narrates 'Timewatch: Battle for Warsaw' on BBC2 at 9.00 pm., Friday, 28 April.

Short audio/video clips of Michael's narrations are briefly available on BBC's Timewatch website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch.    

 

© 2006 Fanfare

 'Killing Castro': Change in plans  

We recently heard that there has been a change in venue plans for 'Killing Castro'.  Contacting the theatres involved confirmed this information.  The Cork engagement, originally slated for the week of 19 June, has been cancelled and is now a free week for the cast and crew.  The run has been extended one week (week of 31 July) to include the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne. Additionally, the Greenwich stay will include an 'Question & Answer' period with Michael on the Wednesday (14 June) of the run.

Revised Schedule
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June)
NO VENUE - FREE WEEK (Monday 19 June - Saturday 24 June)
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)
Devonshire Park Theatre - Eastbourne  (Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August)

For more details, including contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here.

 

'Dynasty' cast members chatting at the reunion © 2006 Judith Moose
'Dynasty' cast members chatting at the reunion.
Photo courtesy of Judith Moose

 'Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar' airs 2 May  

'May 2, 2006 - Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar' airs 2 May at 10:00 pm EDT on the American television channel CBS. Film footage of memorable moments in the 'Dynasty' saga will be shown, including footage of the wedding of Prince Michael (Michael Praed) to Amanda Carrington (Catherine Oxenberg) known as the infamous "Moldavian Massacre". Although 'Dynasty' originally aired on ABC, Paramount, who owns the rights to 'Dynasty' is now owned by CBS, hence the change in the broadcasting company.    

 

'Timewatch: The Iron Coffin'  © 2006 BBC Photo
'Timewatch: The Iron Coffin'
© 2006 BBC Photo

 'Timewatch: The Iron Coffin'  

May 5, 2006 - On 9 March, 1862, a naval battle of the American Civil War featured the world's first combat between ironclad warships, 'The Monitor' and 'The Merrimack'. Shut out from daylight, and depending on their vessel for the air they breathed, the crew of 'The Monitor' felt it resembled an iron coffin. What was it really like to live inside this great metal monster?  Michael Praed narrates this episode of 'Timewatch: The Iron Coffin' at 21:00 on Friday 5 May, BBC2.  Short audio/video clips of Michael's narrations are briefly available on BBC's Timewatch website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch.    

 

'Michael Praed's Timewatch DVDs' © 2006 BBC
Michael Praed's 'Timewatch' DVDs
© 2006 BBC

 'Timewatch' PAL DVDs limited offer  

May 9, 2006 - In an effort to recoup some of the production costs of their excellent history series 'Timewatch', the BBC is offering PAL DVDs for a limited time period to subscribers of their 'Timewatch' newsletter.  Costs for the DVD are £9.99 each.  Both 'The Mystery of the Black Death' and 'The Secrets of the Mary Rose' were narrated by Michael Praed. 

To subscribe to the series newsletter, which Michael has narrated for three years, please visit BBC's 'Timewatch' website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch.  To order the PAL DVDs, please use their customer Hotline number at 0870 428 8223 or +44 (0) 1795 414 500 or the web address https://secure2.subscribeonline.co.uk/TIMC/.

Note: These DVDs are in PAL format only.  Make sure your DVD player or computer can handle the format before you order.

 

'Timewatch: San Fransisco's Great Quake'  © 2006 BBC Photo
'Timewatch: San Francisco's Great Quake'
© 2006 BBC Photo

 'Timewatch: San Francisco's Great Quake'  

May 12, 2006 - Michael Praed narrates this week's episode of 'Timewatch: San Francisco's Great Quake' at 21:00 on Friday 12 May, BBC2.

In the early hours of Wednesday 18 April, 1906, America's greatest natural disaster struck San Francisco. Told through the words and images of those who were there, Timewatch marks the centenary by revealing the true extent of the catastrophe.

Short audio/video clips of Michael's narrations are briefly available on BBC's Timewatch website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch.      

 

'Timewatch: The Princess Spy'  © 2006 BBC Photo
'Timewatch: The Princess Spy'
© 2006 BBC Photo

 'Timewatch: The Princess Spy'  

May 19, 2006 - Michael Praed narrates the last episode of the current series of 'Timewatch: The Princess Spy' at 21:00 on Friday 19 May, BBC2.

In 1943, Noor Inayat Khan was the first female wireless operator sent into war-torn France as part of Winston Churchill's secret army. Betrayed, captured and tortured, Noor revealed nothing before she was executed. 'Timewatch' tells the Princess Spy's tragic and inspirational story.

For audio/video clips of Michael Praed's narrations, visit BBC's 'Timewatch' website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/timewatch.  Clips are only available for a brief time.    

 

'Killing Castro'  Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd © 2006
Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd /
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre © 2006

  'Killing Castro' opens

May 23, 2006 - The Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions and Richard Jordan Productions Limited will begin the UK 'Killing Castro' tour at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:45 pm.  The comedy will play at the renown theatre for the rest of the week before moving on to Brighton.

In the run-up to Castro’s visit to the UN in 1960 the audience is taken to CIA secret headquarters to watch four bumbling officials hatch the conspiracy of the decade only for it to go wrong in the most disastrous and hilarious ways. This new comedy by British writer Brian Stewart (from TV’s 'The Office') has enjoyed critical acclaim in the US.

The cast includes Edward Hardwicke, Clive Mantle, Michael Praed and Joe Shaw

Schedule
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June)
NO VENUE - FREE WEEK
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)
Devonshire Park Theatre - Eastbourne  (Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August)

For contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here.

 

'Killing Castro'  Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre  © 2006
Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd /
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre © 2006

  'Killing Castro' moves to Brighton

May 29, 2006 - The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Limited and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions UK tour of the Brian Stewart comedy 'Killing Castro' moves to Brighton this week.  It plays at the Theatre Royal from Monday, 29 May to Saturday, 3 June.

The cast includes Edward Hardwicke, Clive Mantle, Michael Praed and Joe Shaw. 

See the following for the complete tour itinerary.  For theatre contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here.

Schedule
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June)
NO VENUE - FREE WEEK
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)
Devonshire Park Theatre - Eastbourne  (Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August)

 

'Robin Hood'  ©2002 Network artwork

 German Robin Hood DVDs offered  

May 30, 2006 - The Spirit of Sherwood fan club recently announced that DVDs presenting the first series of 'Robin of Sherwood', starring Michael Praed, are now available in Germany. Under the name 'Robin Hood', the DVDs may be ordered through Koch Media (http://www.kochmedia-dvd.com).  The three DVD set also includes 'The Making of Robin Hood', audio commentary by participants, outtakes, 'Electric Theatre Show' segment, a promo by Clannad, and a booklet with an episode guide.

 

'Wife Against Her Will' © 2006 Sarah Craven, Mills and Boon
© 2006 Sarah Craven,
Mills and Boon Books

 'Wife Against Her Will' audiobook released  

June 1, 2006 - Looking for summer passion?  In May, Mills and Boon released another audiobook narrated by Michael Praed. 'Wife Against Her Will' is a modern romance written by Sarah Craven. It is available directly from the Mills and Boon UK website at 25% off the cover price until the end of July, or from various online bookstores.

 

'Killing Castro'  Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre  © 2006
Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd /
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre © 2006

  'Killing Castro' moves to Malvern

June 1, 2006 - The 'Killing Castro' UK tour moves to the Festival Theatre

See the following for the complete tour itinerary.  For theatre contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here.

Schedule
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June)
NO VENUE - FREE WEEK
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)
Devonshire Park Theatre - Eastbourne  (Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August)

 

'His Duty, Her Destiny' cover © 2006 Juliet Landon, Mills and Boon

 Mills & Boon audiobooks schedule

June 6, 2006 - Lesli Zador, the product manager at Harlequin Mills & Boon UK, kindly sent along this list of audiobooks which Michael Praed is narrating, along with the release dates.  CDs can be ordered directly from the Mills and Boon UK website with 25% off the cover price within three weeks of the release date, or from various bookstores such as WHSmiths, ASDA, Borders and Books etcc and Amazon UK. If you want a little passion and romance on a hot summer night, try one of these!

Release date

Author

Title

Mar-06

Juliet Landon

His Duty, Her Destiny

May-06

Sara Craven

Wife Against Her Will

Jul-06

Louise Allen

The Viscount's Betrothal  

Sep-06

Helen Brooks

The Italian Tycoon's Bride

 

'Killing Castro'  Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre  © 2006
Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd /
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre © 2006

  'Greenwich is ready for 'Killing Castro'

June 12, 2006 - Greenwich Theatre is ready for the 'Killing Castro' UK tour, which moved into Greenwich for a run stretching from Monday, 12 June to Saturday, 17 June. The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Limited and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions UK tour of Brian Stewart's hit comedy includes a fine assemblage of actors in Clive Mantle, Michael Praed, Edward Hardwicke,  and Joe Shaw.

In the months preceding Castro’s visit to the UN in 1960, the CIA's secret headquarters becomes the scene where four bumbling officials hatch plots to destroy Castro by various outrageous methods.  The black comedy has played to amused, appreciative audiences at every turn.  

See the following for the complete tour itinerary. 
For theatre contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here.  Please note that next week the show will be dark.

Schedule
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June)
NO VENUE - FREE WEEK
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)
Devonshire Park Theatre - Eastbourne  (Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August)

 

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 Oneword to broadcast narrations  

June 23, 2006 - Book publisher Harlequin Mills & Boon has struck a broadcast deal with Oneword, the digital satellite radio component of Channel 4 Radio.

Under the agreement, Mills & Boon romantic fiction stories will be broadcast in half hour slots on Saturdays and Sundays at 8am and repeated at 4pm.

Stories have been selected from the publisher’s best selling romantic fiction series and will be read by audio narrators Michael Praed and Jan Francis. 

Alison Byrne, marketing manager at Harlequin Mills & Boon, said: “HMB is very excited to have its stories broadcast via Oneword. In pursuing this relationship we are hoping to reach an audience that falls outside our core readership.”

Simon Blackmore, managing director at Oneword Radio, said: “Naturally we’re very pleased to have this agreement with Mills & Boon. It’s one area of literature that Oneword has never previously covered, so we’re excited about finally getting audiobooks from one of the UK’s leading women’s fiction publishers.”
 

The first novel to be read by Michael Praed will be 'His Duty, Her Destiny', beginning midnight on 23 July.

 

 'Writer's Block' as Andrew with Morgan Fairchild ©1991 Wilshire Court Productions
 'Writer's Block'
©1991 Wilshire Court Productions

 British television shows Michael flicks  

June 26, 2006 - Special thanks to fan Richard Anderson, whose sharp eyes noticed that Michael Praed films will be making two appearances on British television soon.  One is the rarely seen 'Writer's Block' on the New 24 Movie Channel on Sky Digital, 14 July. The other is the vampire flick 'To Die For 2: Son Of Darkness' on the Horror Channel on the 31st of August.

 

'Killing Castro'  Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre  © 2006
Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd /
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre © 2006

  'Killing Castro' returns to the stage

June 26, 2006 - After a week hiatus, Brian Stewart's black comedy 'Killing Castro' is back on stage in Cambridge.   The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Limited and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions comedy will play at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from Monday, 26 June until Saturday, 1 July.

In the months preceding Castro’s visit to the UN in 1960, the CIA's secret headquarters becomes the scene where four bumbling officials hatch plots to destroy Castro by increasingly bizarre methods.  The strong ensemble cast includes Clive Mantle, Michael Praed, Edward Hardwicke, and Joe Shaw.

See the following for the complete tour itinerary. 
For theatre contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here. 

Schedule
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June)
NO VENUE - FREE WEEK
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)
Devonshire Park Theatre - Eastbourne  (Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August)

 

Dan Crawford at the King's Head
Dan Crawford, founder of thee
King's Head Theatre

 Michael in 'A Love Letter to Dan'  

June 27, 2006 - The Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London will host 'A Love Letter to Dan: A Tribute to Dan Crawford' at the Sunday 16th July 2006 at 7pm. 

In aid of the King's Head Theatre's Raise The Roof Campaign On Sunday 16th July, the King's Head Theatre Islington will present a very special musical tribute Gala to the theatre's founder, entrepreneur and producer Dan Crawford, who died last July at the age of 62.

For one night only, a host of stars will come together in celebration of Dan's life and work. The evening will showcase a cast of over 50 King's Head stars, past and present, will bring love and laughter to a unique musical celebration, recalling many of the prolific landmark productions associated with Dan's distinguished career.

The production will feature the works of Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, Kurt Weil, Jacques Brel, Vivian Ellis, Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim.

The host of stars appearing includes Don Black, Lionel Blair, Steven Berkoff, Peter Bowles, Clare Burt, Sharon D Clarke, Tom Conti, Janie Dee, Anita Dobson, Simon Green, Susannah Fellowes, Louise Gold, Richard E Grant, Jan Hartley, Patricia Hodge, Michael Howe, Celia Imrie, Lesley Joseph, David Kernan, Denis Lawson, Gavin Lee, John Lee, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Ewan McGregor, Susie McKenna, Julia McKenzie, Linda Marlowe, Jessica Martin, Robert Meadmore, Kim Medcalf, Sheridan Morley, Maz Murray, Paul O'Grady, Michael Praed, Frances Ruffelle, Angela Richards, David Soul, Wendy Toye, Sally Ann Triplett, Sam West and other surprise guests.

Funds raised from this very special evening will go towards the Raise The Roof fund for the refurbishment of the theatre in order that Dan Crawford's legacy can continue. Tickets to 'A Love Letter to Dan' are available from the the the the the Novello Theatre Box office on 0870 950 0935 or online at www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk. Ticket prices range from £25 - *£100 (*includes joining the stars at the after show party)

This shouldn't affect those who have purchased 'Killing Castro' tickets.  Michael Praed will be tucking this event on the Sunday between the Stoke-on-Trent and Richmond 'Killing Castro' engagements.  

Michael Praed took part in two productions at the King's Head: 'Three on a Couch' and 'Misery'.

 

'Crazy Love' and 'Crazy Sweet' by Tara Janzen © 2006 Fanfare
'Crazy Love' and 'Crazy Sweet'
by Tara Janzen © 2006 Dell Books

 More 'Crazy' releases  

June 27, 2006 - June 27, 2006 marked the official release date for the new installment in the 'Crazy' series, 'Crazy Love'.  The sexy special ops team includes a plethora of Michael Praed-inspired characters created by fan Tara Janzen.  Another in the series, 'Crazy Sweet', is due to be released October 31 but can be ordered online now.  Ordering information from Amazon follows. 

'Crazy Love'
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0440242789/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/0440242789/
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440242789/
  

'Crazy Sweet'
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0440242797/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440242797/
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440242797
/   

 

'The Viscount's Betrothal' © 2006 Louise Allen, Mills and Boon
© 2006 Louise Allen,
 Mills and Boon Books

 'The Viscount's Betrothal' released  

July 1, 20066 - The Harlequin Mills & Boon UK audio book 'The Viscount's Betrothal' by Louise Allen is now available.  The Michael Praed narration can be ordered directly from the Mills and Boon UK website with 25% off the cover price within three weeks of the release date, or from various bookstores such as WHSmiths, ASDA, Borders and Books etc and Amazon UK

 

'Killing Castro'  Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre  © 2006
Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd /
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre © 2006

   'Killing Castro' moves to Plymouth

July 3, 2006 - Brian Stewart's black comedy 'Killing Castro' makes a brief foray into the West Country Monday.   The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Limited and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions comedy will play at the Theatre Royal  in Plymouth from Monday, 3 July until Saturday, 8 July.  The cast includes Clive Mantle, Michael Praed, Edward Hardwicke, and Joe Shaw.

See the following for the complete tour itinerary. 
For theatre contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here. 

Schedule
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June)
NO VENUE - FREE WEEK
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)
Devonshire Park Theatre - Eastbourne  (Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August)

 

Fanfare trumpet
 

 Regular Fanfare chat set  

July 3, 2006 - Due to the number of Michael Praed fans interested in chatting with other fans, Sunday has been designated as the regular chat day.  Times are rather vague as people pop in and out.  In Britain, the best time is evening (about 8:00 pm), in the States the chat takes place in the afternoon (3:00 EDT).  No login/password is required.   

 

Click to go to Novello Theatre website
 

 'A Love Letter to Dan' Correction  

July 9, 2006 - Michael Praed had made tentative plans to take part in  'A Love Letter to Dan: A Tribute to Dan Crawford' hosted by the Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London on Sunday 16th July at 7:00 pm.  We've recently heard that he's probably not going to make it after all.

Along with Bill Kenwright, Dan Crawford was the producer of 'September Tide', a Daphne du Maurier play in which Michael Praed starred opposite Susannah York in 1994, and owner of the King's Head Theatre, home of 'Three on a Couch' and 'Misery'.

The Gala is a musical tribute Gala to the King's Head Theatre's founder, entrepreneur and producer Dan Crawford, who died last July at the age of 62.  Proceeds will go towards the Raise The Roof fund for the refurbishment of the King's Head in order that Dan Crawford's legacy can continue. If you are interested in supporting this fine cause, tickets to 'A Love Letter to Dan' are available online at www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk or call the Novello Theatre box office at 0870 950 0939.

 

'Killing Castro'  Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre  © 2006
Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd /
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre © 2006

   'Killing Castro' opens in Stoke-on-Trent

July 10, 2006 - 'Killing Castro' Brian Stewart's black comedy based on ludicrous schemes by America's CIA to remove Fidel Castro from the head of Cuba travels to Stoke-on-Trent next.  It will play at the Regent Theatre from Monday, 10 July until Saturday, 15 July.  

The cast includes Clive Mantle, Michael Praed, Edward Hardwicke, and Joe Shaw.

See the following for the complete tour itinerary. 
For theatre contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here. 

Schedule
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June)
NO VENUE - FREE WEEK
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)
Devonshire Park Theatre - Eastbourne  (Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August)

 

'Killing Castro'  Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre  © 2006
Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd /
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre © 2006

   'Killing Castro' relocates to Richmond

July 17, 2006 - With only a three more weeks in the run, 'Killing Castro' relocates to Richmond.   Brian Stewart's black comedy, based on preposterous plans by America's CIA to remove Fidel Castro from the head of Cuba, will play at the Richmond Theatre from Monday, 17 July until Saturday, 22 July.

The cast includes Clive Mantle, Michael Praed, Edward Hardwicke, and Joe Shaw.

See the following for the complete tour itinerary. 
For theatre contact information, please click here.  For a calendar noting cities and venues, please click here. 

Schedule
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford (Tuesday 23 May - Saturday 27 May)
Theatre Royal - Brighton (Monday 29 May -  Saturday 3 June)
Festival Theatre - Malvern (Monday 5 June - Saturday 10 June)
Greenwich Theatre - Greenwich (Monday 12 June - Saturday 17 June)
NO VENUE - FREE WEEK
Cambridge Arts Theatre - Cambridge  (Monday 26 June - Saturday 1 July)
Theatre Royal - Plymouth  (Monday 3 July - Saturday 8 July)
The Regent Theatre - Stoke-on-Trent (Monday 10 July - Saturday 15 July)
Richmond Theatre - Richmond (Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July)
Cliffs Pavilion Theatre - Southend-on-Sea (Monday 24 July - Saturday 29 July)
Devonshire Park Theatre - Eastbourne  (Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August)

 

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 Oneword narrations start  

July 23, 2006 - Oneword, the digital satellite radio component of Channel 4 Radio is presenting 'Mills & Boon at the Weekend', featuring romantic fiction from the catalog of Mills & Boon.   Michael reads Juliet Landon's 'His Duty, Her Destiny', beginning on 23 July.  Stories will be broadcast in half hour slots on Saturday mornings at midnight, and Sundays at 8 am and repeated at 4 pm.

 

'Killing Castro'  Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd / Yvonne Arnaud Theatre  © 2006
Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd /
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre © 2006
 

   Last week for 'Killing Castro'

July 31, 2006 - This is your last chance to see 'Killing Castro' as it moves to its final venue at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne from July 31 until August 5. 

The black comedy by Brian Stewart ('The Office') is based on preposterous plans by America's CIA to remove Fidel Castro from the head of Cuba.  The play is being produced by the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Limited and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions. 

The UK tour includes a cast of fine actors in Clive Mantle, Michael Praed, Edward Hardwicke, and Joe Shaw.

Show times

Monday
31 July
Tuesday
1 August
Wednesday
2 August
Thursday
3 August
Friday
4 August
Saturday
5 August
    2:30pm     2:30pm
7:45pm 7:45pm 7:45pm 7:45pm 7:45pm 7:45pm

 

Devonshire Park Theatre

Compton Street
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 4BW


Ticket Prices
£18.00
£16.00
£13.50 
Box office: 01323 412 000

 

Group bookings / Devonshire Park Theatre student discounts are not available online.  Please call.

 

'The Italian Tycoon's Bridel' © 2006 Helen Brooks, Mills and Boon
© 2006 Helen Brooks,
 Mills and Boon Books

  'The Italian Tycoon's Bride' released    

July 31, 2006 - The Harlequin Mills & Boon UK audio book 'The Italian Tycoon's Bride' by Helen Brooks is now available.  The CD, fourth of four HM&B books narrated by Michael Praed, can be ordered directly from the Mills and Boon UK website with 25% off the cover price within three weeks of the release date, or from various bookstores such as WHSmiths, ASDA, Borders and Books etc and Amazon UK.

 

Dan Crawford at the King's Head
Dan Crawford, founder of the
King's Head Theatre

 Michael interviewed for Crawford documentary

August 30, 2006 - Dragonfly Films, in association with XI Pictures, is creating a documentary on theatrical legend Dan Crawford of the King’s Head Theatre. 'The King’s Head: A Maverick in London' follows Dan as he casts, rehearses and mounts a production of Michael Wall’s 'Women Laughing'

'The King’s Head: A Maverick in London' also offers a whirlwind tour of the history of the theatre through a series of interviews with the artists and writers who have contributed to its success in the past.  

Although there is no word whether his interview will actually be included in the documentary at this point, a Dragonfly Films press release says Michael Praed was one of many well-known artists interviewed for the film.  

Producer of the Academy Award nominated short 'The Dance of Shiva' and co-recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Award in 2002 for the pursuit of excellence and contribution to the arts in the field of directing, director Stephanie Sinclair is also the Associate Artistic Director at the King's Head.

 

'Holding Out for a Hero'

 New video by Anne Swaine  

September 11, 2006 - Creative fan Anne Swaine has been busy lately editing a Michael Praed video tribute.  It is a Windows Media Video montage that combines film clips of Michael in 'Robin of Sherwood' and audio of Bonnie Tyler's 'Holding Out for a Hero'.  She took it to the 'Robin of Sherwood' convention 'Legend 2006' recently where it met with an enthusiastic reception. It's a huge file meant for broadband, but the quality is excellent. 

URL:
http://www.startingpoint.co.uk/videos/holding_out_for_a_hero.wmv  (66.2 MB) 

 

'Blue on Blue' poster © 2006 The Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke
'Blue on Blue' © 2006
The Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke
 

 'Blue on Blue' announced  

September 22, 2006 - We received a nice email from Sue Harris, the press and marketing assistant for Basingstoke's Haymarket Theatre, who thought fans would like to know that Michael will be appearing in a stunning new play 'Blue on Blue', alongside Nicholas Bailey (Dr Anthony Trueman in EastEnders) and veteran television actress Kathryn Pogson.

'Blue on Blue' is the code for "friendly fire". In Derek Lister's blistering play, television journalists are not just fighting a war, but each other and the army.

'Blue on Blue' starts on 6 October until 21 October at 7.30pm, matinees on the 19th at 2.00 and the 21st at 4.00pm. That's a very short time, so get your tickets early.

Be sure to visit the Haymarket Theatre website at www.haymarket.org.uk or http://www.haymarket.org.uk/spring_2006/Blueonblue.htm for more details. There will be rehearsal photos available soon!

 

'Witchy Wearables' © 2003 Witchy Wearables

 Good news regarding old friends,
Kate and Morn
 

September 28, 2006 - Most Michael Praed fans are well aware that for more than a decade the first official fan club for Michael Praed, MPNN, was run by Kate Raymond with the able support of partner Morn Geiger.  In 2003, Kate took a break to start a new business.  Deciding the new store required her full attention, Kate officially retired MPNN in August of 2005 when Fanfare was formed to assume her former responsibilities. 

Kate's hard work in her new career has paid off.

Recently, Kate announced an expansion to her metaphysical shop, Witchy Wearables, to create room for a classroom, reading and psychic faire area.  The new space is already in use for a wide array of studies and consultations.  Although she is a little too busy to stop and chat about Michael these days, Kate says if you happen to be in Midlothian, Illinois (near Chicago) drop in and "stay for a spell".  The address is 4459 West 147th Street.

 

'Blue on Blue' poster © 2006 The Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke
'Blue on Blue' © 200666
The Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke
 

 'Blue on Blue' cast bios  

September 28, 2006 - We have a complete list of the cast for Michael's new play 'Blue on Blue', opening on 6 October.  Biographies follow, courtesy of the Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke.

Michael Praed plays Neil
Nicholas Bailey
plays Tyrone
Michael Colgan plays Greg
Andrew Frame plays Lagoe
Kathryn Pogson plays Jude
Alexandra Staden plays Poitrine

Michael Praed has become well known on both sides of the Atlantic for some high profile work – from 'Robin of Sherwood' to 'Dynasty'. He's appeared on stage in 'Aspects of Love' and Daphne du Maurier’s 'September Tide' with Susannah York. He originated Frederick in the Joe Papp 'Pirates of Penzance' and appeared on Broadway in 'The Three Musketeers'. He recently earned rave reviews for the tour of 'Killing Castro'.

Nicholas Bailey was Dr Anthony Trueman in 'EastEnders' for several years. His stage work has taken him to the National Theatre, Barbican, Royal Exchange, Manchester and Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh. He played Burgundy in both the film and stage versions of Richard Eyre’s 'King Lear'.

Michael Colgan is a regular Abbey Theatre (Dublin) company member appearing in plays such as 'The Cherry Orchard', Dolly West’s Kitchen and Brian Friel’s 'The Freedom of the City'.

Andrew Frame comes direct from the National Theatre where he appeared in 'Market Boy' and Peter Shafer’s 'The Royal Hunt of the Sun'. Before that he was in the award winning 'Festen' at the Lyric Theatre.

Kathryn Pogson played Portia in 'The Merchant of Venice' at Shakespeare’s Globe, and Ophelia in Jonathan Miller’s 'Hamlet'. She won an OBIE off Broadway for 'Aunt Dan and Lemon'. Most recently she appeared in 'Carver' directed by Bill Gaskill. She has numerous appearances on television to her credit and her most recent film was 'Breakfast on Pluto' directed by Neil Jordan.

Alexandra Staden has recent films to her credit, including 'Basic Instinct 2' and 'Vanity'. She was seen on stage in 'Our Town' at the Shaftsbury Theatre and on tour in 'Strangers on a Train'.

'Blue on Blue' starts on 6 October and runs until 21 October. The curtain rises at 7.30pm nightly.  Matinees are on the 19th at 2.00 and the 21st at 4.00pm. Call the Box Office at 01256 46 55 66, or visit the Haymarket Theatre website at www.haymarket.org.uk to order your tickets online.

 

'Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley'  ©'Robin of Sherwood' 1984 HTV Ltd & Goldcrest Films
Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley.
'Robin of Sherwood' ©1984 HTV Ltd & Goldcrest Films

 Incarnations of Robin Hood explored  

October 1, 2006 - 'Jonathan Ross's World Of Robin Hood' will be broadcast on Sunday, 8 October at 4.10pm, BBC1. In light of the new BBC Robin Hood series, Jonathan Ross looks at some of the ways the popular outlaw has been portrayed through the years.  Along the way, he stops to revisit 'Robin of Sherwood' and interview members of the cast.  Is Michael Praed among them?  Tune in and find out.  

 

Michael rehearsing 'Blue on Blue' © 2006 Fanfare, Courtesy of The Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke
Michael rehearsing 'Blue on Blue' © 2006 Fanfare
Courtesy of Sue Harris, The Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke

 'Blue on Blue' rehearsal picture  

October 1, 2006 - Here's a sneak peak of Michael rehearsing his new play, 'Blue on Blue', at the Haymarket in Basingstoke.  He plays Neil, a war correspondent who has "been there, seen it all" and depends on his cynicism to get him through the day.

'Blue on Blue' starts on 6 October and runs until 21 October. The curtain rises at 7.30pm nightly.  Matinees are on the 19th at 2.00 and the 21st at 4.00pm. Call the Box Office at 01256 46 55 66, or visit the Haymarket Theatre website at www.haymarket.org.uk to order your tickets online.

 

'Timewatch: The Year Without Summer' © 2005 BBC Photo
'Timewatch: The Year Without Summer' © 2005 BBC Photo

'Timewatch: The Year Without Summer'
finalist for documentary award

October 2, 2006 - The 2005 BBC documentary 'The Year Without Summer' has been nominated for an award at the Wildscreen Festival, the International Wildlife and Environmental film festival which is held in Bristol this year. The 2006 winners will be announced on the evening of Wednesday, 18 October as part of the week-long festivities. The festival drew 412 films from 45 countries.  

One of four finalists for the Earth Sciences Award, 'The Year Without Summer' was noted for presenting scientific material in a compelling way.  Michael Praed was the film's narrator. 

The film presented evidence that the 1815 eruption of Mt Tambora in Indonesia caused a drop in temperatures worldwide, resulting in multiple crop failures and widespread famine in Europe.  The documentary originally aired on 27 May 2005 on BBC2.

Update: Sadly this excellent documentary did not win the Panda Award, but it was in tough company.  Congratulations to all connected with the film for such an outstanding program.

Note:
'Timewatch: The Year Without Summer' will be broadcast in the USA on the Discovery Channel this month. (October 20, 21, 22, 2006).  For listings, please go here or paste the following URL into your browser's address bar (all one line):
http://times.discovery.com/tvlistings/episode.jsp?episode=0&cpi=24937&gid=0&channel=DTC

 

'Blue on Blue' poster © 2006 The Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke
'Blue on Blue' © 2006
The Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke
 

 'Blue on Blue' opens  

October 6, 2006 - 'Blue on Blue', Michael's new play in Basingstoke, opens tonight.  Both Friday and Saturday of this week are presented at reduced preview prices.

'Blue on Blue' is the code for "friendly fire". In Derek Lister's blistering play, television journalists are not just fighting a war, but each other.

'Blue on Blue' starts on 6 October until 21 October at 7.30pm, matinees on the 12th and 19th at 2.00 and the 21st at 4.00pm.

Visit the Haymarket Theatre website at www.haymarket.org.uk to order tickets.  Fanfare has also compiled information to help you with this production, including production details, a listing of restaurants and hotels, directions and a calendar.  Please click here to see that information.

 

  Click here to visit 'YouTube'
'© 2006 The Haymarket Theatre - Basingstoke

 

 'Blue on Blue' on YouTube

October 15, 2006 - Thanks to Channel 4, a generous soul with time to post the news coverage to YouTube, Haymarket Online (who posted the link) and fan Sue Lomax who brought it to our attention, you can now get a glimpse of Michael in his new play 'Blue on Blue'. Watch carefully, though.  There isn't much of Michael.  The news coverage does explain the premise behind the play, however, and discusses the plot with both the playwright and director.

'Blue on Blue' runs from 6 October until 21 October at 7.30pm, matinees on the the 12th and 19th at 2.00 and the 21st at 4.00pm.

Visit the Haymarket Online  at www.haymarket.org.uk to order tickets.  Click here to read information on this production, including production details, a listing of local restaurants and accommodations, directions and a calendar.  The information was compiled by Fanfare.

 

King’s Head: A Maverick in London'  © 2006 Dragonfly Films

 'A Maverick in London' DVD released

October 24, 2006 - A documentary on theatrical legend Dan Crawford of the King’s Head Theatre was released in April by Dragonfly Films in association with XI Pictures. 'The King’s Head: A Maverick in London' follows Crawford as he casts, rehearses and mounts a production of Michael Wall’s 'Women Laughing'.  The documentary, directed by Academy Award nominated director Stephanie Sinclair, also offers a quick history of the theatre through a series of interviews with the artists and writers who have contributed to its success in the past. Michael Praed was one of many well-known artists interviewed for the film.  

A DVD of the documentary has been released and may be purchased through Dress Circle or the King's Head Theatre itself.  Half of the proceeds go to funding the King's Head.

Note: This DVD is in PAL format only.  Make sure your DVD player or computer can handle the format before you order.

 

"Follies in Concert" flyer

 'Follies in Concert ' in February  

October 25, 2006 - Michael Praed is scheduled to join an all-star cast to present Stephen Sondheim's 'Follies' in a concert performance 4 February 2007 at the London Palladium. Curtain is at 7:15 pm.  Michael, singing the role of Buddy, has three songs.

Also onstage will be Philip Quast, Maria Friedman, Imelda Staunton, Liliane Montevecchi, Liz Robertson and Laura Michelle Kelly, among others.  Elaine Stritch has recently been added as a special guest.

The benefit is to raise money for the Starlight Children's Foundation and Kingston Hospital Cancer Unit Appeal.  For tickets, contact www.seetickets.com.

Note: All participation is subject to availability. 
In other words, no one's presence (including Michael's) is guaranteed!

 

'Timewatch: Beatlemania, narrated by Michael Praed' © 2006 Fanfare

 'Timewatch: Beatlemania' coming in January  

November 10, 2006 - The Beatles' music has become one of the most carefully restricted artistic commodities in history. But this is the story of how 40 years ago, their performances revolutionized the music industry, inadvertently invented Youth Culture, and why, at the height of their fame, they disappeared from the stage.   Narrated by Michael Praed, 'Timewatch: Beatlemania' premières in January 2007. Watch the Timewatch website for future updates and a short audio/video clip.  

 

'Hindenburg docudrama being filmed' © 2006 Fanfare

Michael filming Hindenburg docudrama

November 23, 2006 - Michael is currently in Poland filming a docudrama on the German airship Hindenburg, which caught fire while landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937.  We've heard that it is a Smithsonian/BBC venture.  Other artists involved are: Paweł Burczyk, Celia Bannerman (who directed Michael in 'September Tide', Simon Lowe, Izabela Kuna, and Sean Grundy.

 

'Screencap from 'Robin of Sherwood'  ©'Robin of Sherwood' 1984 HTV Ltd & Goldcrest Films
'Robin of Sherwood' ©1984 HTV Ltd & Goldcrest Films

 'RoS' DVDs coming to USA and Canada in 2007  

December 6, 2006 - All three series of 'Robin of Sherwood' will be released on DVD by a company in the United States in 2007.  With the exception of a Clannad music video, it appears this DVD will contain the same extras and re-mastered quality as the Network and Koch Media releases in the UK and Germany. The first two series (with Michael Praed) will be released as a set in the USA and Canada on on March 13, 2007 and the third season (with Jason Connery) on October 30, 2007.  Tentative cost of the first four-volume boxed DVD set (5 discs) is $59.99 USA/$72.99 CAN  More details to follow next month.  Stay tuned!

 

'Timewatch: U864', narrated by Michael Praed
'Timewatch: U864' © 2006 BBC Photo

'Timewatch: U864' to air  

December 10, 2006 - Only once have two submarines dueled to the death, resulting in the sinking of one submerged submarine by another. In February 1945 HMS Venturer hunted down and sank the U-Boat U864, a craft on a deadly secret mission. Narrated by Michael Praed, 'Timewatch: U864' airs on Friday, 5 January 2007 at 9 pm. There will be a short audio/video clip briefly available on the Timewatch website.  

 

'Robin z Sherwood'  and 'Robin Hood' now for sale

Polish and German 'RoS' DVDs offered

December 16, 2006 - 'Robin of Sherwood' Series 2 DVDs are now available in Poland and Germany. 'Robin z Sherwood' is offered in Poland by Studio Printel (http://printel.pl/video/) under the heading 'Fabuła'.  'Robin Hood' is distributed through Koch Media (http://www.kochmedia-dvd.com) in Germany. Both releases are in collaboration with Network DVD in the UK.

Series 3 (with Jason Connery, not Michael Praed) is also being added to the catalogs. Series 1 was released earlier in 2006.

Please see the respective websites for ordering information.

 

'Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley'  ©'Robin of Sherwood' 1984 HTV Ltd & Goldcrest Films
Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley.
'Robin of Sherwood' ©1984 HTV Ltd & Goldcrest Films

 UK 'Robin of Sherwood' Marathon  

December 18, 2006 - On Saturday 23 December, ITV3 (UK) will be broadcasting 'Robin of Sherwood' non-stop from 06.00 to 19.00. The first six episodes to be shown feature Michael Praed as Robin. 

Schedule 

06.00 - 07.00 Robin Hood and the Sorcerer - Part one
07.00 - 08.00 Robin Hood and the Sorcerer - Part two
08.05 - 09.15 The King's Fool
09.15 - 10.20 The Swords of Wayland - Part one
10.20 - 11.25 The Swords of Wayland - Part two
11.25 - 12.35 The Greatest Enemy
12.35 - 13.40 Herne's Son - Part one
13.40 - 14.45 Herne's Son - Part two
14.45 - 15.45 The Sheriff of Nottingham
15.45 - 16.50 Adam Bell
16.50 - 17.55 The Pretender
17.55 - 19.00 Rutterkin

 

'Robin of Sherwood' with Dutch subtitles for sale soon

Dutch 'RoS' DVDs offered in 2007

December 19, 2006 -  In keeping with the recent releases of 'Robin of Sherwood' DVDs in Poland, Germany, the US and Canada, the Netherlands will be seeing DVDs with Dutch subtitles issued in the Netherlands in the coming year. Series 1 will be available in January while Series 2 and 3 will be offered later in the year.

 

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Michael to take part in new 'Blake's 7' podcast

December 19, 2006 -  UK-based independent media production company, B7 Productions, has announced the return of the cult television classic, 'Blake's 7' as a series of original audio dramas.

Taking full advantage of 'Blake's 7' (circa 1978-1981) cult status and enduring popularity, B7 Productions has produced a series of original audio adventures based on the format and characters created by the late Terry Nation. The broadcast platform is currently under negotiation. 

Derek Riddell (No Angels, Doctor Who) heads an all new cast as the eponymous rebel leader, Roj Blake. Colin Salmon (best known for his film roles in James Bond, Alien vs. Predator and Resident Evil), assumes the iconic role of Kerr Avon with Daniela Nardini (This Life) as the rebel's arch nemesis Supreme Commander Servalan. Other cast members include Craig Kelly (Queer as Folk), Carrie Dobro (Babylon 5); Michael Praed (Robin of Sherwood), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) and India Fisher (Doctor Who). BLAKE'S 7 will be produced as a series of all new 36 x 5-minute audio dramas based on the original cult series broadcast on the BBC in the 1970's.

The audio adventures were recorded the first week of December and will debut in spring 2007. A special 'extended' CD edition will be released for retail the month following broadcast.

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