A Bank Holiday Tragedy

Sunday, 31 August 2014

On your marks, get set, go!

As soon as summer hits London Town, it's a mad rush to visit every thing mentioned in Time Out, eat at all the pop ups, dance at all the festivals….the list goes on and on so it can be blooming difficult to fit it all in. 

Last weekend I introduced Lizbit to one of my favourite summer events in London; The Globe on the South Bank to see one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, King Lear. 

The Globe

Lizbit was very keen for some Bank Holiday culture, but first we went for lunch. We are both forever hungry scavengers who are unable to function without full stomachs so we knew we'd have no fun without some food. We met up at the Swan at the Globe for a pre theatre nibble and catch up. Lucky for me the Bodington sisters were in tow. 

The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at the Globe has a prime location, as its joined to the theatre offers fantastic views of the river and St Pauls. We were seated in the first floor dining room, which we loved.

The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe

 The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe

 As it was bank holiday we decided that we'd be allowed a treat of just ordering starters and desserts. 

Plus some wine and olives of course.
The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe

One rather fancy looking prawn cocktail.
The Swan at The Globe

And three chunky minestrone soups. Can you guess who had food envy at this table!

The Swan at The Globe

One Bodington sister loving her wine.....
The Swan at The Globe

And another loving her soup!
The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe

Next it was time for desert.

Strawberry ripple shortcake with parfait glace and Gariguette strawberries. 
The Swan at The Globe

An amazing raspberry creme brulee. Creme brulee is my all time favourite desert so I was in my element with this one! 

The Swan at The Globe

The bill presented in "The works of Shakespeare". 
The Swan at The Globe

On the way out we spotted this table of treats and then we didn't want to leave. I hear that they do afternoon tea at the Swan so I'm sure to be back!

The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe

After lunch, the Bodington two left their oldest sister to be culture-fied by me and they trotted off to Covent Garden. Every time I walk into the Globe I am wowed. The huge centre stage is hugged by rows of rounded benches seating an excited, chattering audience.

The Globe

The Globe

I managed to get a few photos for you before I got told off.

The Globe
And even got papped myself! 

We had the cheap tickets in the yard which are a bargainous £5 each. This is mostly because of the fact that you have to stand, which is great as you get up close and personal with the actors but also means that as there’s no roof you are likely to get wet. Luckily we’d chosen one of the rare sunny days so we were very happy theatre goers.

The Globe

Our Shakespeare play of choice was King Lear and it was wonderful. The actors are fantastic, and unlike at school when you had no idea what was going on, they act the scenes so well and with such passion that you can actually understand what is happening. This was no easy feat as the main cast of 8 actors played around 17 roles between them. 

The standing does get tiring as the plays can be long, with King Lear being full 1 ½ hours each side of the 15 minute interval. Standing isn’t for the weak hearted. We were clinging on to the stage by the end. 

The actors clearly love their jobs and their skill has you laughing out loud at one moment then moved to tears the next.

The performances from King Lear played by Joseph Marcell and Cordelia his loyal daughter, who also played the fool, played by Bethan Cullinane are worthy of special mention and if we weren’t already standing then we’d be jumping up to give them a standing ovation.

The Globe

Such a fantastic day out.

Get this one on your summer bucket list for 2015 pronto!

Little London Girl x


1 comment:

  1. Well done for managing to sneak some pics! Lol.
    I went to see Anthony & Cleopatra over the bank holiday and it was SO great. I LOVE that theatre!
    Great post!
    C. Afro x

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