I don’t have any pictures of Westminster Abbey, so you’ll have to imagine it behind the Palace of Westminster…
This is not a show for people who suffer with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). There is simply no way to catch every one of the performances that happen in Westminster Abbey – instead what you get is a series of close-quarters encounters which depend entirely on what path you chose to take. Every experience you have is intimate, engrossing, and unique.
Cheek by Jowl, Silk Street Theatre
Photo by Patrick Baldwin
Much like Pericles, this production was me washing up on unknown shores – I knew very little about the play before walking in the room, and not much about the production either – except for the fact it was in French…
I have been relatively quiet of late – for which I apologise. Both personal and professional dramas (not all bad – but all stressful) have been curtailing my available time and energy to post over the last six months at least. As thing begin to ease somewhat, I find myself musing on the nature of triumph and disaster – and those famous lines of Kipling’s:
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
And treat those two impostors just the same
Photograph by Manuel Harlan
I have a lot of thoughts about this production – mainly about how damned exciting the theatre can be when a bunch of talented actors and stage professionals get together with the deliberate intention of rabble-rousing, and when they have the extraordinary flexibility of a new theatre at their disposal.
I hope you have a better day than poor old Caesar did! I took the opportunity, when recently in Rome, to wander round his stomping ground – the Forum, the actual Rostrum where Mark Anthony made his famous speech (sadly sans ships’ prows), some of the earliest Republican temples in the city. And I’ve thrown in a contemporaneous portrait of the man himself…
The man himself
Early Republican temples
A quick one – and not strictly Shakespeare-related – to share my love for the fabulous Letters Live.
I am interested in your perspective and preferences: do you like to see a play at the beginning of a run, somewhere in the middle or at the end?