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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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Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon

Inspired by the remarkable performance of “Titus Andronicus” at the ‘Globe’ theatre in London, we took the time out to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birth place. On the way, the bus stopped in Oxford for an hour’s tour and then passed through the region of the Cotswold hills and picturesque villages. Click on the pictures for detail:

Oxford Spires

Oxford Spires

 

Christ Church College

Christ Church College

 

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

 

The tour of Oxford was confined  largely to  Christ Church College which, in recent years, has become an enormous tourist magnet as a result of the “Harry Potter” films.

The Great Hall where the college community dines each day. A reproduction of this hall was used in the Harry Potter films and was renamed Hogwarts Hall.

The Great Hall where the college community dines each day. A reproduction of this hall was used in the Harry Potter films and was renamed Hogwarts Hall.

 

Christine, about to take her place at the table.

Christine, about to take her place at the table.

 

This staircase and fine ceiling welcomed Harry to Hogwarts Hall

This staircase and fine ceiling welcomed Harry to Hogwarts Hall

 

Tom Quad--Part of the college is named after the six-ton bell, Great Tom, which hangs in the Christopher Wren Tower

Tom Quad–Part of the college is named after the six-ton bell, Great Tom, which hangs in the Christopher Wren Tower

 

A peep at an adjoining college

A peep at an adjoining college

 

Radcliffe Camera (Library)

Radcliffe Camera (Science library)

 

All Souls College to the right of the Camera

All Souls College to the right of the Camera

 

Famous Oxford shop

Famous Oxford shop

 

Bicycles gallore

Bicycles galore

 

Passing through Burford in the Cotswolds

Passing through Burford in the Cotswolds

 

Another Cotswold village

Another Cotswold village

 

Cotswold countryside

Cotswold countryside

 

First view of Stratford-upon-Avon

First view of Stratford-upon-Avon

 

The tranquil river Avon . . . . .

The tranquil river Avon . . . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

Tourist Map

Tourist Map

 

Shakespeare's guest room

Shakespeare’s guest room . . . . .

 

 . . .  dining room . . .

. . . dining room . . .

 

Will's bed and Fancy wallpaper

Will’s bed and Fancy wallpaper . . . . .

 

 . .  his baby clothes  . . .

. . his baby clothes . . .

 

 . . . .  his cot

. . . . his cot

 

. . . . his garden

. . . . his garden

 

Romeo . . . .

Juliette . . . .

 

. . . . . in the garden, two actors performed  pieces of Shakespeare’s plays chosen by visitors to the house.  Romeo and Juliette was a favourite request. But, since both actors were male, Juliette did not look quite as seductive as she might have done. Shakespeare used only male actors anyway. And this was her Romeo . . . . .

Romeo (Neil) wooing his Juliette

Romeo (Neil) wooing his Juliette

 

Neil is currently working on a project which will bring him to New York in the role of Peer Gynt

Neil is currently working on a project which will bring him to New York in the role of Peer Gynt

 

Romeo/Juliette and his ecstatic Juliette!

Romeo/Juliette and his ecstatic Juliette!

 

All three take a bow . . .

All three take a bow . . .

 

High Street, Stratford

High Street, Stratford

 

Shakespeare's house

Shakespeare’s house

 

"The fool thinks he is a wise man, but the wise man knows that he is but a fool!"

“The fool thinks he is a wise man, but the wise man knows that he is but a fool!”

 

The End

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response

  1. One of my favorite places in the world. I can’t believe I missed it on my last trip to UK. Next time!

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