Today, to celebrate our wedding anniversary we went to the Theatre Royal at Windsor
to see the play 'Pack of Lies'. The story is based on the surveillance of Peter and Helen Kroger before their arrest for suspected espionage. It shows how innocent people can be affected by such an undertaking; the ending being tragic.
To celebrate Selina's birthday today (I am not allowed to say which one) we went to Windsor for much of the day. This involved kissing and cuddling in every place we visited; so I too enjoyed her birthday. We had lunch in 'The Crooked House', then toured Windsor Castle
, as pictured. We spent the rest of the afternoon in shops, coffee bars and a pub before having dinner at a new Chinese Restaurant, two doors away from the Royal Theatre. 13.50 pounds buys as much as you can eat, far more than we wanted. The alcohol license was still to be granted so we were each given a free glass of wine.
At the theatre we saw the Agatha Christie play 'And Then There Were None', advertised as following closely the original novel. It was certainly gripping, with a typically devious plot.
One warning to visitors to Windsor: DO NOT use the car park immediately behind the theatre or any other privately owned car park. They use a clamping company but do not pay them. Result is over-enthusiastic clamping to make as much money as possible, see Windsor forum
. We actually witnessed this happening.
Ideally we, the car-driving electoral majority, should have our own political party, pledged to re-introduce hanging, drawing and quartering for clamper scum, thus discouraging any others. As this will not happen, the only alternative is to starve the private car parks of funds by NEVER EVER using them. If the local authority car parks are all full, PLEASE DRIVE AWAY from Windsor and post to the forum explaining why you spent no money in the town.
Labels: Eating out, Grumpy, Theatre, Travel
This evening we went to the Mill Studio in Guildford to see Rosemary Hawthorne
in The Knicker Lady. Hilarious from beginning ("I've always had a soft spot for knickers") to end, she took us through knicker history from Jane Austen's time to the present.
This evening we saw Helter Skelter and Land of the Dead at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre's Mill Studio. This production is not for the squeamish. The standard blurb (below) does not indicate this:
In a chic restaurant in New York city, a man and his wife meet to take a break from Christmas shopping. He doesn’t know that she has already seen him today.
Elsewhere in town, a couple part. He goes to the office, she visits a clinic. As events unfold, it becomes clear that this is not just any ordinary day.
In two stunning new companion pieces, award-winning playwright, screen writer and film director Neil LaBute charts the trajectories of two regular couples in contemporary America.
This evening we saw 'The Christmas Present' at the Mill Studio in Guidford. We had never been to this theatre before but were attracted to the play because it was so clearly declared unuitable for children. We are sick of having every entertainment avenue monopolised by families during every school holiday, Christmas being the worst. The play was great, aimed at adults, i.e. the majority of potential theatre-goers. Plot summary: lonely guy telephones an agency for a prostitute to spend Christmas in a hotel with him. She is very different from the woman of his fantasies !
Selina's birthday treat on Wednesday was a trip to London, first for the Millais exhibition
at Tate Britain; a large display showing the versatility of this great British artist.
We then walked along the Thames to The Archduke
for an excellent early dinner. This is our favourite London eatery which we began using soon after it opened in 1979, when it had no competition in the area. How things have changed.
Our last treat was to walk the few yards along the street to see the Noel Coward play Present Laughter
at the National Theatre. Very enjoyable.
Labels: Art, Eating out, Theatre
On Tuesday evening we saw The Alchemist
at the National Theatre in London. This Ben Jonson play uses just two scenes, the inside and outside of a house in London. However, the plot is quite complex such that the audience is deliberately led to forget one aspect of it for some time. We thoroughly enjoyed it; more plays like this please !