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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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London 2014 -Around and About

This is the concluding post of the London trip. During the trip, we visited Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon. I will follow with a separate post to show our take on these  places.

Click on the pictures for detail

Christine, Kim and Kim's friend, Sue on Charing Cross bridge

Christine, Kim and Kim’s friend, Sue on Charing Cross bridge

 

Sand sculptor's sign on the South Bank

Sand sculptor’s sign on the South Bank

 

Transformer transformed

Transformer transformed

 

Pub lunch

Pub lunch

 

Sikh day in Trafalgar Square

Sikh day in Trafalgar Square

 

Impressive beard

Impressive beard

 

Stylish turbans

Stylish turbans

 

Emma enjoys the fare in the Charing Cross Hotel

Emma enjoys the fare in the Charing Cross Hotel

 

Giving it serious thought!

Giving it serious thought!

 

Another pub lunch

Another pub lunch

 

Shy saint

Shy Saint

 

Impressive sculpture . . . . .

Impressive sculpture . . . . .

 

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View from the South Bank

View from the South Bank

 

Relief of Sam Wanamaker, founder of Shakespeare's "Globe" theatre's replica . . . .

Relief of Sam Wanamaker, founder of Shakespeare’s “Globe” theatre’s replica . . . .

 

Groundlings . . . . .

Groundlings . . . . .

 

 . . . washing off the blood during "Titus Andronicus".

. . . washing off the blood during “Titus Andronicus”.

Detail of the stage and open roof.

Detail of the stage and open roof.

Sand artist at work

Sand artist at work

 

Chinatown

Chinatown

 

Jenny, John and Gillian outside our new-found gen of a fish restaurant

Jenny, John and Gillian outside our new-found gem of a fish restaurant

 

 . . .the three ladies outside the same place

. . .the three ladies outside the same place

Two pubs with the same name!!!

Two pubs with the same name!!!

 

Christine, Gillian and friend

Christine, Gillian and friend

 

Cock and Dome of the National Art Gallery

Cock and Dome of the National Art Gallery

 

Outside the National Art Gallery

Outside the National Art Gallery

 

One of the treasures in the Queen' Gallery, Buckingham Palace . . . .

One of the treasures in the Queen’ Gallery, Buckingham Palace . . . .

 

 . . . . .  another.

. . . . . another.

 

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey – outside  . . . . .

 

Inside Westminster Abbey

. . . . .inside.

 

The Eye

The Eye

 

Ted enjoying the conversation . . . .

Ted enjoying the conversation . . . .

 

Anita joining in . . .

Anita joining in . . .

 

  . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

Marble Arch

Marble Arch

 

Gentlemen carrying their own transport - film-shoot . .  .

Gentlemen carrying their own transport – film-shoot . . .

 

 . . . . in Charing Cross Station.

. . . . in Charing Cross Station.

 

Charing Cross refurbished!

Charing Cross refurbished!

 

The end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Delightful pictures. Brought back memories of our last trip to London.
    John and Claire

    • Thanks John and Claire. I was sad in a way not to have Ethel to share with but It was a delight to show off my London to Christine.

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