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    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Christine’s London – May 2014

 

As an American of Ukrainian extraction, Christine had a mental list of the things she wanted to see; many generated by the Brit- coms she had seen on public TV. She brought with her, her Ukrainian sympathies and even danced, I am told, a Ukrainian folk dance in the Brick Lane restaurant the family took her to. Her one disappointment was to miss Winston Churchill’s war room–our packed schedule never allowed us to be there in time. She loved the Pubs and the historical plaques.

Here,  then, is a tourist’s eye view of the City centre:

Click on the pictures for detail

Selfridges was a must . . .

Selfridges was a must . . .

 

. . .   stunning window displays . . . .

. . . stunning window displays . . . .

 

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London pubs

London pubs

 

  . . .  historical plaques  . . .

. . . historical plaques . . .

 

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Protest . . . .

Protest . . . .

 

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Ukrainian Flag

Ukrainian Flag

 

Signing up

Signing up

 

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

 

Groundling

Groundling

 

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Big Ben

Big Ben

 

Another Pub . .

Another Pub . .

 

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Plaques in St. Paul's church- Covent Garden

Plaques in St. Paul’s church- Covent Garden

 

 . .  . more Pubs

. . . more Pubs

 

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Blue cock in Trafalgar Square

Blue cock in Trafalgar Square

 

Changing of the Guard . . . .

Changing of the Guard . . . .

 

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Sherlock's' flat in Baker Street

Sherlock’s’ flat in Baker Street

 

 . . . I'll just see if he is in . .

. . . I’ll just see if he is in!

 

I will follow with two more posts to complete the London visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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