I emailed this to a few people recently, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t go unblogged…

One of my learned contemporaries is a chap by the name of Pete.  He lives in New York and goes by the moniker “Spiro” occasionally, or professionally/academically since being awarded his Ph.D. he’s become “Doctor Love”.  Here’s a picture:

Over the years Spiro’s professed a certain antipathy towards the dramatic arts (with the exception of his world-acclaimed performance in HMS Pinafore at Linden Park Primary School).

Early in July when I went into London’s glittering West End to watch the much-publicised play, La Bête, expecting the role of Elomire to be played by Tony Award winning actor David Hyde Pierce, along with fellow castmembers The Amazing Joanna Lumley and a storming performance by Mark Rylance.  So imagine my surprise to find that Hyde Pierce was nowhere to be seen, and our friend The Doctor has sneakily re-established himself a stage career…

Or am I imagining things?

(photos craftily nicked from the DHP fansite linked above… hope that’s OK?)

Spiro, you thesp… rumbled!
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