Mr Gnome recently made a brief site inspection of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre's massive 'transformation' project.
As can be seen (below), the big house by the Avon is undergoing radical surgery. Between the front facade and the fly tower is a vast empty space, formerly filled by the auditorium.
Two years and two months remain until the scheduled re-opening.
Mr G and the HB admit to feelings of nostalgia for the old theatre.
But they applaud the bold vision of company boss Michael Boyd and his team - and wish them all the Bard luck in the world....