You guys are great! The e-mails, comments, and personal texts have made this so enjoyable. I have nearly come to an end here, but will be back as a regular contributor. My mom has been great to allow my brother and me to take over here. I’m rather sad to be nearly finished with this tour, but look forward to reuniting with you on a regular basis.
I would be totally remiss to not highlight the incredible Royal Shakespeare Company, so that is what I intend to do today.
Behold, their newly remodeled theatre, which re-opened in 2010, after being closed for three years for the renovations. Beautifully situated on the Avon River, it represents dedication, hard work, and many incredible actors and actresses, who have shown Shakespeare’s work to the world. Some of those individuals are Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Patrick Stewart and Judi Dench. I have loved watching them over the span of their careers and the multi- faceted roles that they have played. For example, Ian MacKellan is also Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, Ben Kingsley has portrayed Gandhi, was in Schindler’s List, Patrick Stewart was in X-Men, and Judi Dench was M in the new James Bond movies. I love the diversity of these roles but am fascinated that each of these individuals have roots in Shakespeare. The Royal Shakespeare Company does other plays besides those of Shakespeare. They do either plays from Shakespeare’s contemporaries or they will even write their own plays. Matilda, the musical has its origin in this theatre, and was nominated for a Tony Award.
Here I saw Titus Andronicus, Hamlet and As You Like It. I had never seen Titus Andronicus performed live before, and personally loved it. It was set in a World War II-meets-Roman Empire theme. The creative interpretations and brilliance of this performance will have me thinking for a very long time. It is definitely a very dark play, but with some of the political and personal persecution that is going on in the world today, it is an example of Shakespeare’s constant relevance.
Hamlet, which is one of my personal favorites, was very well done. Jonathan Slinger, who portrayed Hamlet was older than any Hamlet I have ever personally seen. I was rather skeptical, but he was so over the top in the excellence of his performance, that age didn’t matter. It was amazing!
As You Like It was just a fun, delightful theme that was very well thought out; mixing a forest environment with a Woodstock-type theme for the Forest of Ardon in the play.
There are boats such as these along the river. Some are personally owned, others are restaurants and some are houseboats.
I would love to study at the institute that is here, and possibly even collaborate.
One must have big dreams!
Okay, for today’s riddle:
Song: “This eve, we art youthful, so let us set this planet ablaze, we art able to glow far more radiantly than the sun.”