Shakespeare in Stratford.

The man himself with The RSC's theatre behind.
The man himself with The RSC’s theatre behind.

Last week we returned to Stratford, this time we managed to get tickets to see two plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Loves Labours Lost,and later in the week, Loves Labours Won (Much Ado About Nothing) the first time both have been put together, with the same cast and director doing both plays. We weren’t disappointed by either, set before and after the First World War, the acting, music and setting were brilliant. For me, Loves Labours Lost was the best I have seen of any of the plays. If you do get a chance, go and see them.

Inside the theatre.
Inside the theatre.
RSC
RSC

Later in the week we had coffee at the theatre and a stroll around the public areas, the place is interesting and the staff are friendly and helpful, coffee was good too. It is a place full of history, with remnants of the original theatre that survived a fire in 1926 but has been refurbished recently and is a great place to visit.

Detail from the Shakespeare Memorial.
Detail from the Shakespeare Memorial.
Detail of Yorick.
Detail of Yoric.
Shakespeare Memorial.
Shakespeare Memorial.
The Restaurant.
The Restaurant.
Interior view.
Interior view.

The chairs in the picture above are the original auditorium seat, in the position before the fire, other parts of the building like the stairway have also been left to show the history of the theatre.

Looking out over the Avon.
Looking out over the Avon.

We had a great week, doing not much of anything except relaxing and getting our thoughts together ready for Christmas, now soon to arrive. For me, it is the Fourth Anniversary of my Blog, I’ve been a bit lax recently on my posts, and also in the background with my writing. Not much to show for my absence, there are a few bits in the pipeline so keep watching. This weekend I am heading out to Dartmoor again I think, to catch the sunrise in a stone circle. Should be interesting, the weather looks promising so we shall see. Don’t get caught up in the hype these next few weeks, enjoy the time and the people you are with.

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