Yesterday I received back in the mail (very quickly, I might add) my sketch of Andrew Sachs as the infamous Manuel, which completes my set of drawings from the Fawlty Towers series. My John Cleese drawing is here, and Connie Booth and Prunella Scales are here.
I left this drawing of Prunella Scales at the stage door of the Apollo Theatre, London, where she was performing Carrie’s War in July 2009. It was returned to me, signed, through the mail.
I also received my Connie Booth sketch signed back through the mail. She now works as a psychotherapist in London, after ending her acting career in 1995. I sent the sketch to her North London clinic. She very rarely signs, and had declined to talk about Fawlty Towers for 30 years until she had agreed to participate in a documentary about the series in 2009, so I was very happy to get it back signed and dedicated.
Back in New Zealand in 2005 John Cleese premiered his latest stage show John Cleese—His Life, Times and Current Medical Problems at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill. This is my cartoon, published in The Southland Times to commemorate the occasion, and John was lovely enough to sign it for me and write a short note.