The Power of Love
By Sebastian Michael


Michael & Michael
Southwark Playhouse, 11 - 29 August 1998
Directed by Michael Cabot

I missed my audition for The Power of Love, getting there far too late from a recall for Nigel Fairs' My mother was an alien, is that why I'm gay? Fortunately Michael was also auditioning for his production of The Country Wife - I couldn't do the latter, but he gave me a recall for The Power of Love instead? I'm glad things worked out this way, as I've still been able to work with Nigel (three times), and Michael and Sebastian have both become great friends (not to mention colleagues).

Described by Plays and Players as 'Shopping and Fucking with more humour and more heart', The Power of Love is a tempestuous roller coaster ride of a play, which was a huge challenge (Eugen may well have more lines than Hamlet) and a great joy. The characters live on in Sebastian Michael's Love Trilogy, with the plays Love Hurts and Time after Time still awaiting production.

"Richard Stemp makes an impressive London debut [?!] as Eugen, a man with the twin gifts of second sight and friendship, whose wit and calm presence give the production its dramatic continuity. In particular his arias on the horrors of the EU and Beethoven's cruel deafness are superbly achieved."
The Stage, August 27, 1998

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