Any great art work … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.

Leonard Bernstein

I have long held that Twelfth Night is one of the plays the world could least well do without. To mark this particular Twelfth Night and the start of the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death, a short film:

Self-portrait in my dressing-room mirror, dressed as Duke Orsino during the RSC small-scale tour of Twelfth Night in 1978. Photo by EP
Ian McKellen as Sir Toby Belch, the late and mush missed Roger Rees as Sir Andrew Aguceheek, and Emily as Viola during the same tour. Photo by EP

As it also Epiphany, here is another photo of the small unseasonable epiphany of the daffodils in our Sussex garden, taken in the sunshine of the last day of 2015, before the wind and rain returned.

Photo by EP

And a reprise of my reading to camera of T. S. Eliot’s ‘Journey of the Magi’, a poem I first read publicly as a lad of seventeen in West Bowling, Bradford.

A Very Happy New Year to You All!

2 thoughts on “WITH HEY, HO”
  • Robin Yeo

    And a very Happy New Year to you too! The grounds of the new house look lovely and I hope you are now settled comfortably in your new abode. Thank you for continuing to post on your BLOG with all the news of how you, and yours, are faring. All the best and take care – Robin Yeo

  • Diane Knowles Naishtat

    Mr. P:
    Many thanks for these special glimpses of the all encompassing creative life you show us. I am so happy to hear we will see you in a film in 2016. Although, since I live in Texas, I may have to take a field trip to a civilized place like Chicago to be able to view it. All best wishes for you and your family for many more wonderful moments in 2016! (And, just to add my two cents, you should sell the beautiful paintings you create of Sussex – the one I saw was so warm, inviting – a pleasure.)
    Diane KN in Austin (a fan who saw you and your wife at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, in NN. Not to mention you are the only Lord Peter….)

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