Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On the road again: London, day 4

Fatigue is leading me to keep this one short; I need some sleep after a short and very restless time in bed last night.

The highlight of the day was a long walk over to the restored Globe Theatre for a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.  Simply getting to see the theatre was a huge treat, because I've read about it so many times over the years.  The folks there don't allow photographs during the show, but photos seemed to be okay before it, so here's how the place looked as they were finishing setup, not long before the show started.

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As you can tell from the angle of the photo, my seat was in the upper balcony.  The view was nonetheless fantastic. 

If you know this play, you know that it's not the strongest of Shakespeare's, nor is it particularly happy, but I still greatly enjoyed the performance.  With the exception of a surprisingly weak Caesar, the cast was uniformly strong, with Brutus a particular standout.

Just as the play finished, the cloudy sky broke into a light shower, a nifty ending to a great show.

On the wandering walk back, the rain stopped in time to give all of us walking across the Millenium Bridge the treat of a rainbow in the distance past London bridge.

St. Paul's also looked lovely against the clearing sky.

I have no clue what this group is, and I don't plan to research it, because the name alone makes me giggle.

After some work, dinner was a pop 'round the corner (well, more than a corner, but you get the idea) for a curry at the Covent Garden Masala Zone.  I had a Thali, a large plate with a lot of vegetarian offerings and a bit of lamb vindaloo.  Each dish was quite tasty.

Tomorrow, I change locations and move to a hotel across the street from the World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3, which I'll be attending starting Thursday.


Anonymous said...

the name makes me giggle also.

Brings to mind the verse in the Bible when Pilate asks, "What is truth?"

David Drake said...

Dear Mark,

What happens at the Globe if it rains during a performance?

Visualizing Nell Gwynn selling oranges

Mark said...

Alas, no one was selling oranges (or any other fruit or veg) during the show.

The stage is covered, so if the rains fall, the show still goes on. Most of the audience, those in the booths, stay mostly dry. The groundlings, however, get wet.


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