I was studying Theatre when I went to England, so of course my trip pretty much revolved around Theatre. I managed to see other sights and do other things, but I went a little theatre-crazy. Like I said a while ago, there’s not much theatre in Small-Town, Newfoundland.
Also, one of our classes involved us watching 15 different shows and writing reviews about each of them. We had a list of 10-12 that we had to watch and then we could pick and choose the rest. Just what I needed – an excuse to watch more theatre.
In the end I saw 20 shows in less than 2 months. Considering that I was sick for a week and I spent a week in Belgium and I have classes three nights of the week, that’s pretty impressive.
So here are the shows in order of watching:
- The Taming of the Shrew (by the RSC)
- The Tamer Tamed (by the RSC)
- The Reduced Works of Shakespeare
- Sweet Panic
- Giselle (the Royal Ballet)
- The Pillowman (starring David Tennant and Jim Broadbent)
- The Secret Rapture
- Phantom of the Opera (Raoul was a fellow Canadian!)
- Stones in His Pockets
- Beauty and the Beast (by the RSC in Stratford, a new interpretation)
- Edge (starring Angelica Torn)
- The Lion in Winter (Harlow community theatre)
- Dralion (Cirque du Soliel)
- When Harry Met Sally (starring Alyson Hannigan and Luke Perry)
- Nora (German interpretation of A Doll’s House; in German with English subtitles)
- The Goat (starring Jonathan Pryce)
- All’s Well That Ends Well (starring Judi Dench)
- Play Without Words
- Endgame (starring Michael Gambon and Lee Evans)
The funniest thing (in my opinion) is that I didn’t know of half of those people until I came back and realized they were famous. This was, after all, before David Tennent became the 10th Doctor, and before I realized Michael Gambon was the new Dumbledore. The things you learn…