So from 19 to 22 May I had my first 2016 London adventure, planning to be there again in September, ready to travel to Stratford-Upon-Avon to see two other RSC plays (will be great to visit the Bard’s birthplace on his 400th anniversary!). I will also see Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville.
This May holiday has been such a treat! Short, but amusing and full of good theatre!
I’ve also made two pleasant… “close encounters” that made my days! Especially the second one, with a lovely, nice blonde actor…
I saw Orange/Blue at the Young Vic…
…and RSC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican Centre.
Both the plays are such fun, I will write a proper page for them in the Theatre session.
I collected everything I could find from newspapers and magazines about the two shows and some “theatricalia” of course, for my collection which is getting big.
Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange deserves all the 4 stars the ES review gives it! The three actors were great, it’s a play worth to see! I wanted to see David Haig on stage for some time and finally happened, in a role that is perfect for him!
While I’m 80% agree on the 3 stars by Time Out and review of CamdenNewJournal about Dream 2016: it deserves 4-5 stars and it really charms! Lucy Ellinson, Jack Holden and Chris Hayak deserve all the phraises, of course, I’m 100% agree, I got tears in my eyes and pain in my stomac for laughters thanks to them and the mechanicals! I don’t see Titania and Oberon so understated, but, ok, it’s an opinion. Other members of the cast would deserve to be mentioned, as well. While I liked Tom Piper’s staging and costumes, as I find interesting to see it posponed in more modern times, not necessarily a play staged in a medieval forest.
My reports and opinions on the two plays to come soon!
I will add a Puck tribute page to my “Favourite Stuff”, too, because it’s a very likeable character!
I also came back to the Southbank for a walk on Sunday morning, which is always a pleasure to me!
A brief look at the National Theatre….
…and then inside the BFI, where I have always to visit their exhibitions in the mezzanine each time I go to London. The one on currently is “Shakespeare On Film“.
Thinking about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I feel ashamed to say I didn’t see all the 37 plays, yet.
LIST OF THE 37 PLAYS BY SHAKESPEARE
SO FAR I SAW
Nr.2 One screen version (which I didn’t like at all)
Nr.5 One screen version (terrifying)
Nr10. Two screen versions, one TV version, one radio play, one stage version (three times the same, wonderful production)
Nr.11 One screen version, one stage version (at V&A archive), two ballet versions
Nr.14 One screen version
Nr.18 One screen version, one stage version
Nr.20 One screen version
Nr.22 One screen version, two stage versions (and one with NT Live, one on DVD)
Nr.26 Two stage versions (one with NT Live)
Nr.29 Two stage versions (one with NT Live)
Nr.30 One screen version, two stage versions (one with NT Live)
Nr.33 One stage version with NT Live
Nr.36 Two screen versions, one stage version
Nr.37 One stage version
And Chimes At Midnight, The Hollow Crown and West Side Story versions.
I HAVEN’T SEEN, YET
Nrs. 1 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 12 – 13 – 15 – 16 – 17 – 19 – 21 – 23 – 24 – 25 – 27 – 28 – 31 – 32 – 34 – 35
(for some, I have the BBC DVDs, which I have to watch, yet)
I HAVE TO SEE SOON
Nr.29 and Nr.35 in Stratford on September 2016
Ok, I saw only 14 of 37 plays (soon to become 16), but I will do better in the future!