The term 'National Treasure' is bandied around quite often these days - even Dot Cotton was once described as one by someone I overheard on the Tube (clearly that person needs to open their curtains more often). Stephen Fry has commanded respect without any commanding, per se, and has successfully caused the servers at Twitter to 'fall over' whenever the man engages in discussions and re-Tweets with his million-or-so followers (www.twitter.com/stephenfry). However, most people with a life will fondly remember his days with Hugh Laurie ("A Bit of Fry and Laurie") and also as the bellowing maniacal Army General called Melchett in Blackadder. Baaaaah!
Fry has had a pretty interesting and emotional life thus far and he wants to share it with the denizens of Oxford initially, with a special performance at the city's New Theatre on Saturday 18th September. The evening will feature excerpts from part 2 of his "My Autobiography" book due out in September (the follow-up to the successful "Moab Is My Washpot", published in 1997.
Tickets cost £21.50 and go on sale at 9am on Saturday 15th May. Rest assured this is one hot ticket. One million followers - some of them live in Oxford.