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Oscar Wilde

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Following a 43-date UK Tour and sell-out run at St James Theatre, European Arts Company is delighted to announce that The Trials of Oscar Wilde is transferring to Trafalgar Studios for a strictly limited four-week run. The production will open on Monday 13th October, in celebration of Oscar Wilde’s 160th birthday that same week, and will run until Saturday 8th November. A special Birthday Gala performance will take place on Thursday 16th October at 7.45pm (Oscar’s Birthday) with further details to be announced soon. Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and… Keep Reading

Sir Donald Sinden

RIP Donald Sinden

As a tribute to great British actor Sir Donald Sinden, who died this morning aged 90, we reproduce his last interview, which appeared in issue 69 of The Chap. Michael “Atters” Attree met Sir Donald in his enchanting period house overlooking the wilds of the Kent countryside, to discuss Richard Burton, Lord Alfred Douglas and working with Patrick MacGoohan in The Prisoner. I’m going to start by asking about the 1971 film Villain. I appreciate you’re an excellent thespian but I do love Villain. I was in that! I was playing an MP. That’s right! A very naughty MP. I… Keep Reading

Danny Appreciation Day

Dapper Danny and His Gang

A group of American schoolboys all wore suits, ties and hats as a show of support to a younger pupil at their school who was being bullied for his speech impediment. Danny Keefe, aged 6, has a condition called Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), a motor speech disorder that prevents his brain from coordinating properly with the muscles that create speech. Danny is very intelligent and knows what he wants to say, but the message gets lost on its way from his brain to his mouth, making him difficult to understand. Danny began going to school wearing dress shirts and… Keep Reading

Mr B in the Telegraph

Michael Gove is Chap Hop Fan

The Daily Telegraph has reported a curious affiliation by Education Secretary Michael Gove for the works of Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer. It seems that Mr. Gove, when asked by another newspaper to name his favourite musical artistes, professed to being “strangely addicted to chap hop rappers Professor Elemental, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer and Mr Bruce and the Correspondents.” The confession was immediately viewed by journalists as a deliberate attempt to make himself sound rather “with-it”, until they realised just how difficult it is to become acquainted with the works of said chap hop artistes. Being an aficionado of… Keep Reading

Doctor Who Boot

Doctor’s Boots Not Dr Marten’s

In its haste to trumpet the arrival of the twelfth Time Lord, the BBC made a huge howler by attributing most of his items of clothing to the wrong manufacturer. As reported by The Chap in good faith, having sourced its information from the usually reliable diktats released by Auntie, the Doctor’s boots were believed to have been provided by Dr Marten. Now, following more detailed research by the Daily Telegraph (who had also reported the footwear inaccurately) it turns out that the Doctor’s black brogue boots, with a very similar sole to a Dr Marten, are in actual fact… Keep Reading

Peter Capaldi

New Doctor’s Outfit Revealed

The BBC has released the first picture of Peter Capaldi wearing the new Doctor’s costume. Capaldi’s outfit as the Twelfth Time Lord will consist of a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt and black Dr. Marten brogues. Lord only knows what costume designer Howard Burden was thinking when he came up with this ensemble, or what he was trying to convey. Mr. Capaldi looks like a naughty schoolboy halfway to being a skinhead, except his mum won’t let him shave his hair off and won’t let him have proper Dr Marten’s boots. There… Keep Reading

Jeremy Paxman

BBC Remains Beardless

Jeremy Paxman has once again caused ripples across the world’s beard wearing community by shaving off his beard, having set Newsnight viewers a-chattering last year when he returned to work from his hols, still wearing his lounging-about-in-the-Med facial plumage. Mr. Paxman is clearly enjoying the excitement caused by minor changes in his facial appearance (although his attempts to stop wearing a tie on live television broadcasts last year have quietly been forgotten about, not doubt after been hauled in front of the BBC politburo for such a crime against respectability). As these two before and after photographs show, it isn’t… Keep Reading

Sherlock Holmes

The Case of the Missing Overcoat

Despite being set in the modern age, the BBC’s current production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Sherlock, has been just as fastidious on the costume front as period pieces were. Benedict Cumberbatch’s coat is the sole piece of costume retained for the character from the original 2009 pilot episode. The Belstaff ‘Milford’ Coat is made from pure Irish wool tweed, bonded with a sophisticated, ultra-light microporous film, to make it waterproof without altering the natural qualities of comfort and breathability. Detailed with distinctive red button holes, three Belstaff Milfords were originally purchased from the Belstaff store on Conduit Street,… Keep Reading

Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi

Man Risks Death to Keep Moustache

A Pakistani man is determined to maintain his impressive lip weasel despite death threats from the Taliban. Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi, a resident of the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on the Afghan border, is currently in hiding with his moustache. Mr. Afridi’s face furniture originally measured 30 inches from tip to tip, easily making it a trophy-winning smasher in any other country. But a splinter group of the Taliban declared his moustache to be “un-Islamic” and demanded $500 a month in “protection money” if he didn’t shave it off. Mr. Afridi refused, and was promptly kidnapped and held hostage in… Keep Reading

Patrick Moore

Auntie to Axe the Sky at Night

Only a year after the death of Sir Patrick Moore (whose last interview was in The Chap), the BBC is seriously considering pulling The Sky at Night from the airwaves after 56 years on television. It could be as early as December this year when the lights are turned out on the monthly astronomy programme. Sir Patrick presented the show’s first episode on 24 April 1957, and went on to present a total of 721 episodes until his death on 9 December 2012. His final programme was posthumously broadcast on 7 January 2013. The BBC should be condemmed for axing… Keep Reading

Patricia Hammond

Neapolitan Nights

Neapolitan Nights – Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman 2013 Patricia Hammond, the silky-voiced singer often described as the Canadian Nightingale, familiar to readers of The Chap as the singer with headline act Albert Ball’s Flying Aces at the Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Ball last December, has recorded an exclusive track for The Chap, to coincide with her article in the current edition (69, June-July 2013) on her collection of vintage sheet music. Neapolitan Nights was the first piece of sheet music Miss Hammond purchased, and she recorded the track with musician Matt Redman, who did the arrangement and played classical guitar, acoustic… Keep Reading


Highest Recorded Reading of The Chap

A team of scientists working on Mount Everest has broken the world record for the highest altitude reading of The Chap. Dr. Martin, Dr. Hennis, Dr. Smedley, Dr. Vercueil, Dr. Couppis, Mr. Horscroft and Captain Carroll sent us this photograph of a reading of The Chap at South Base Camp in Nepal, at an altitude of 17,598 feet. The team are engaged in “a scientific endeavour of the utmost importance”. They claim, however, to value their leisure time and made the most of their spectacular high altitude by casually setting a world record for the highest reading of The Chap… Keep Reading

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