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Tintin Plays: "Tintin in India" & "Mr Boullock's Disappearance"

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#21 · Posted: 25 Dec 2011 22:24
Tintin stage plays by Herge and Jacques van Melkebeke

The "Blue Diamond" includes an archeologist called Chippendaele who is deaf and mishears everything that people tell him. Apparently it was at van Melkebeke's suggestion that Herge included this characteristic in Calculus when he created him for "Red Rackham's Treasure".
Harry Hayfield
#22 · Posted: 26 Dec 2011 11:09
Well, this is an interesting development I must say. I'm a member of a community theatre group in West Wales and despite my best attempts (having submitted versions of "Around the World in Eighty Days", "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" and "The Three Musketeers") our company only seems interested in purchasing scripts from Samuel French. Do you happen to know if these scripts are kept by them as well?
#23 · Posted: 27 Dec 2011 04:15
I actually wrote to Moulinsart about 3 or 4 years back requesting to publish the two stage plays as books - along with the 2007 version of Tintin in Tibet (staged by The Young Vic company as The Adventures of Tintin), but nothing came of it.
I am presently writinn an article for a children's magazine in India, in which I focus on Tintin's influence in India - mainly concentrating on Tibet and the stage plays.
#24 · Posted: 15 Mar 2014 16:21
Writing this in response to the "news" of a possible new Tintin album by 2017...
Whether there will be a new album or not is a mere guess (a fervent hope!) at least for the time being, but I hope Moulinsart can keep the Tintin legacy alive and buzzing by releasing book versions of Mystery of the Blue Diamond and Mr. Boullock's Disappearance.
#25 · Posted: 24 Mar 2014 09:17 · Edited by: jock123
Here is a very interesting lot coming up for sale in an auction of BD and comic art by Christie's.

It is an illustration of Tintin and The Maharajah of Padakhore from the publicity for Tintin in India: The Mystery of the Blue Diamond; it appeared in Le Soir Jeunesse, on the 17th of April 1941, which was also the day of the second performance.
There is obviously a limited quantity of original Hergé art of any sort in the world, but this must rate as a very significant piece given how little information about this play is available, and that it depicts a character who appears only in that drama.

It's just one of several major Hergé lots, but I think that this is "the gem"... ;-)

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