Wednesday, January 16, 2008

1.16.08 - london update #4

It's my bedtime, so I'm going to make this quick.
1. Theatre here is amazing. I can't get over it. We just saw Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre, and it was so great! I've never been much of a fan of Shakespeare, mostly because I've never seen one that can hold my attention, and let me tell you that we had a really busy day and I was half asleep by the time we sat down, but within 15 minutes of the play starting I was riveted. The acting was amazing; the two leads had such great chemistry; the set was really simple but the way they used the lighting and the revolve worked perfectly with everything. During intermission I mentioned how great the female lead was, and found out that she was Madam Hooch (the flying teacher and Quidditch ref) in the first Harry Potter movie! Also one of the guys was in the recent three Star Wars movies. I don't know which character because I haven't really seen those. Zoe (the female lead) really was fantastic though. I had never read this play before, but I really like it now. I think I'll watch the Emma Thompson movie version when I get home sometime.
2. Today was the longest day EVER. We were gone for 14 hours and we were speed-walking pretty much all of that time. In the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace I stumbled across a little room of some jewels and crowns, and I think I stared for about 20 minutes at this one crown and necklace. I've never been much for huge jewelry in the past, but I think I want to be Queen now. Just so I could go see plays every night and wear a lot of diamonds. And have Faberge eggs lying around my room. (Those things are pretty sweet...)
3. I'm going to see Ewan McGregor in Othello!
4. "Stronger" by Kanye West? My new favorite song. (Completely unrelated, but just thought I'd share.)

Sorry no pictures today... hopefully I'll get some uploaded tomorrow!


Andrew said...

I just showed my inner nerd by going through IMDB and the national theatre's website trying to figure out which Star Wars character was in Much Ado About Nothing. To my disappointment, it was a character I had never even heard of. A half hour of work and I got that. Sad :(

And Kayne West? Seriously? Okay, he's pretty good, I'll admit it. I'm not sure I know the song though, I'll have to look it up.

Kendrick said...


Kanye totally ripped off Daft Punk... Infectious song tho! :D

Ya think I could get in with you guys on Musical Moxie by any chance? :D

Marianne said...

How wonderful. I'm so jealous. I went to London for a day to see Equus and it was the most amazing vacation ever.