I woke up to great news this morning – thanks to Herba. She had spotted the cast announcements for UV. HERE is her post. The Twitter account for UV followed up with a tweet, too.
Why so overjoyed? Because… Ciaran Hinds. Yeah, fellow Irishman and all. But really: Capt Wentworth.
Persuasion has always been my favourite Austen book, and when the BBC produced film was released in cinema in 1995, Hinds really hit the mark as the dark, broody – and helplessly romantic Captain Wentworth. He’s been on my radar ever since, not least because of fellow blogger Linnetmoss. Her blog has gone really quiet these days, but she is a massive fan of Hinds’ and I had the privilege of meeting her when she came to Dublin to see Hinds on stage. (Here’s hoping for a repeat of that encounter on the occasion of UV in London!!! I’m looking at you, Linnet!)
In fact, Hinds is the only other actor I have ever deviated to for a shrine…
If you haven’t seen Persuasion, SPOILERS 👇🏻
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.
“I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.”
Wow – really, really looking forward to seeing that play on stage next year, now.