I was delighted to be given a belated Mother's Day present over the weekend: a double disc set (CD and DVD) of The Hunting of the Snark by Mike Batt
I loved this piece ever since I first saw the Albert Hall production on TV, videoed it and practically wore the tape out. I didn't have the CD. We went to see the full length theatrical version, during the last couple of days before it was taken off the stage in London, this would be about 1991. I was staggered to read that it only ran for seven weeks, as I'd though ti was longer. All the way through, I thought it was just beautiful, and had been so cleverly adapted from the original much shorter version I knew, so as to have more of a message.
But the critics had almost unanimously panned it - TimeOut described it in one word: "dire". So we were watching a condemned show, and Mike himself seemed to have almost an air of desperation about him. I think the critics just didn't understand it.
Just wondered if anyone here ever saw it. There seem to have been lots of plans to revive it somehow, but nothing much has happened yet.