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Non-Stop Culture

Just a flying post, as, not content with my scorage of a ticket to Waiting for Godot, I also managed to procure a same-day ticket to this evening's performance of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. Not as glamorous as WfG, but seems also to be very popular and has had very good reviews. I read the play as a PhD student and loved it and have always wanted to see a production.

This morning, as well as buying theatre tickets, I hit bookshop Nirvana on Charing Cross Rd, wandered through Trafalgar Sq, into St Martin's in the Field, where I listened to a music rehearsal, and thence to the Tower, along, it seemed, with half the world.

The Throng at the Tower

It was a bit too crowded for my taste, but nevertheless an enjoyable outing. Nothing like sitting on the banks of the Thames eating ice-cream and looking at Tower Bridge to feel like "I'm in London! Woo hoo!!"

Probably more later.


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Jun. 12th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, I will never forget my first glimpse of the Tower. And I'd love to see Arcadia -- I saw Travesties when it was touring in the mid-1970s.
Jun. 12th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I've gotten into the habit every time that I have something to do in London I take a little extra time and play the tourist for a couple of hours. Last time, there was a sponsored run/walk at the tower - you think *you* had it busy?

I haven't been inside in absolutely forever, and one of these days I need to take some time to come to London as a tourist.
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, enjoy! Arcadia's one of those plays I'm happy to see over and over.
Jun. 13th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying your trip enormously. Thank you!
Jun. 13th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
It's so great that you are there reading about it!
Jun. 13th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I think the Tower's always busy if the weather's half decent. I went once, a couple of months before I moved away from London. It was fascinating, but any sense of the weight of all that history and suffering seemed to have been thoroughly trampled away by all those tourist feet.
Jun. 13th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
Yes - the only place where it really hit me was the scaffold area, with the beautiful sculpture with all the names around it.
Jun. 13th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Your Trip to London!
Thanks for posting your trip to London, I am really enjoying reading about it, and seeing the gorgous pics.
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