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Señor Ol-mez

We saw The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Duchess last Thursday night. It was a pretty decent pastiche with a high percentage of gags, some slightly dull filler and a Spanish Sherlock Holmes. It was along the same lines as the 39 Steps but not quite so good. It didn't quite manage to catch the Holmesian ambiance in the same way that Steps had got Edwardian England. The filler was fun enough - they broke the fourth wall to talk about safety notices and ghosts, but the time could have been better spent on the characters - especially the running gag in which Watson never got anything to eat which pettered out instead of being really exploited.

I'm not sure if there was much comedy mileage in having a Spanish Holmes. His accent was extremely heavy which made him quite hard to understand at some times. But I suppose it was a change from the usual cut-glass.

That said, we only paid £7.50 a ticket and it was well worth it for that kind of money.

The evening was all the more pleasurable that we bumped into tonymitton and Sandra outside the theatre and were able to share a pre-theatre drink and post-theatre meal. We went to the Loch Fyne fish restaurant just opposite where everyone had fish (2 grilled salmon and one stew with chorizo) and I had a rather scrummy pork chop with caramelised apple, sweet potatoes and some kind of creamy oniony sauce. Yum.

We don't have anymore theatre trips planned now, having managed seven since Christmas, but I've got my eye on Surrealism at the V&A which is half-price (£9) if you go by train using the leaflet you can get from any station.