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  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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Canterbury, Chaucer and the Cathedral (Part 1)

We spent many hours in Canterbury before we had to catch our late afternoon train back to London. Christine was fascinated by the ancient Cathedral. Even after severe culling, we have far too many views of interest we would like to share for one post. I will put up the city pictures on this one and the Cathedral views on one following.

The old Butter Market . . .

 

A river runs through Canterbury. It’s now contained and supports sight-seeing boat trips . .

 

Chaucer’s monument –We pilgrims come to see him now! . . .

. . . The base . . . (Hot metal type which I used to set by hand when I was an apprentice). . .

 

Bustling Tudor street . . .

 

Jo and the West gate of the old walled city

 

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Outside a Burgate restaurant where we had a nice lunch . .

 

Historical interest galore in this ancient city which was originally a Roman settlement . . .

 

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First sight of the beautiful Bell Tower.

END OF THE CITY TOUR . .

 

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