Theater (or “theatre” as it’s spelled here) is a major attraction for visiting London. There’s the Globe, the West End, and a ton of little theatres doing amazing productions all over the place. It’s basically the biggest theatre town in the world next to New York City.
Thanks to one of my classes I got a chance to see some smaller productions, one at the Royal Court Theatre and one at the New Vic Theatre. They were both a great experience and satisfied one of my theatre goals. The others are to see Shakespeare at the Globe and one of the big shiny West End musicals. Then when I saw the following poster a few months back, I had a new goal:
OMG YES PLEASE.
I mean… Macbeth. McAvoy. Dystopian future. Fighting and gore and did I mention James McAvoy? But as happens when you’re on a student budget looking to attend a limited run of a nearly sold-out show, it didn’t seem to be in the cards.
Enter an awesome friend with a surprise visit and some tickets. I can’t even describe how amazing it was to be sitting in the theatre watching Mr. McAvoy spit the hell out of his lines (saliva = drama, you know) and act like the nutcase Macbeth is. The other actors were just as good, and the in-the-round setting means that the first row on either side were occasionally yelled at or splashed with fake body fluids or even landed on by actors.
Basically it was the best theatre experience of my life. Also, lest we forget for a moment, there was this: