During our time in London we have not really taken advantage of seeing the theatre side of London, but over the course of two weeks in May, we saw two plays and one musical!
First up, we traveled to the world famous Globe Theatre for the tragedy Titus Andronicus. Titus is thought to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy and is set during the latter days of the Roman Empire. The fictional story tell us of Titus, a general in the Roman army, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. It is Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most violent work and it did not disappoint. At every performance they are 700 £5 standing tickets in the yard, and they truly offer the best views of the stage. Due to the graphic nature of the play and many people getting killed in very bloody ways, we opted to stand back from the stage! There were no pics inside, but the one below gives a good view of what the seating is like.
It was an excellent play and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of standing in the yard!
A few days later, we traveled to the Noël Coward Theatre to see Imelda Staunton star in Good People. Set in South Boston, sharp-tongued single mother Margie (Staunton) will do anything it takes to pay her bill after losing yet another job. So when she hears that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to seek him out. Before the show started we were discussing that we hoped to understand the English accents from the actors. It was such a surprise to hear Staunton come out guns blazing with her most amazing South Boston accent!! It was such a treat to hear all about Boston and we were one of few that laughed at EVERY JOKE THEY MADE!! It was such a magical evening and so glad we jumped on the discount tickets from Time Out London!
Last but not least, we watched our second musical in London, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka was on the top of Nadia’s list! Our friend Jordan purchased the tickets for us at the TKTS booth (Thanks Jordan!!) that morning, and when we arrived at the theatre we were told we were upgraded! We settled into our new seats and watched the story of Charlie winning his golden ticket unfold. Even though it wasn’t the tale we had seen in the movies, and only included one original song, “Pure Imagination,” it was still an amazing performance and Nadia loved every minute of it! The second best part was crossing an item off our London bucket list – eating ice cream during a West End show intermission! Thanks again to Jordan for an amazing evening!!
We hope this is the start to seeing a few more shows before we leave, but it seems like time is moving so fast! Either way I’ll keep you updated!