All my anticipation and anxious excitement were centred on this one day…..renamed Fryday. I had been looking forward to this trip since Mr Fry tweeted from New Zealand that he was to play Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Globe Theatre in London. I booked the tickets for DH and I immediately that night and then started to plan a holiday in October around the event. We had been Fryophiles from the late ’80s when we slumped on the settee every evening exhausted from working and bringing up two lively children…..this was our chance to relax and have a laugh 🙂 ‘Fry and Laurie’ and ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ were our favourites. So, seeing Mr Fry ‘live’ in a play and seeing a Shakespeare play performed at the Globe were two of my ‘to do’ list ticked off!
The weather was rather grey and misty which meant that my ‘point & shoot’ camera was taking everything by flash, but I did manage to take a few photos before we had lunch at the Thameside Inn. It was a matinee performance so we had to be in our seats by 2pm. When we arrived the excitement of the crowd was tangible and it seemed to take forever to get to our seats for which we paid £32 each plus £1 each for a cushion (DH hired 2…1 for each cheek :)) and £6 each for a backrest…..the seats are wooden benches as they would have been in Shakespeare’s time and were VERY uncomfortable even with the cushion and backrest! At the interval, I almost envied the ‘groundlings’ as they sat on the floor before having to stand again. A little run up and down the steps and round the yard was called for to bring circulation and feeling back to the nether regions of my anatomy!
The play was MARVELOUS and Mr Fry was so lovely, especially in his Wee Willy Winky nightshirt and later his cross-gartered, yellow stockings. All the actors seemed to enjoy the play and there were several standing ovations at the end of the performance….all in all, the stuff of dreams 🙂
One thing that wouldn’t have been there in Shakespeare’s time was the hearing loop….I wear an aid in each ear and when in crowds, I often have to ‘switch off’ because the effect is too confusing but I could hear the dialogue clearly and could even hear the rustling of Mark Rylance’s dress as he seemingly appeared to float around the stage…EXCELLENT!
I very naughtily took a few photos with my mobile, so I have included them in the slide show….they’re not very clear but still, they evoke WONDERFUL memories 🙂
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