My friend and UK travel buddy Emily knew how much I wanted to see Longing at Hampstead Theatre when in London, so she bought me front row seats for my birthday. I was lured by the original proposal - a reputable writer (William Boyd) adapting two of Chekhov’s short stories for the stage, under the direction of Nina Raine. THEN the casting was confirmed - Tamsin Greig (aka Fran from Black Books, Caroline Todd from Green Wing and Beverly Lincoln in Episodes) AND Iain Glen (aka Ser Jorah Mormont from Game of Thrones and Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey). Oh my god.
I know selecting productions by the featured stars is frowned upon … but YOLO and all that. I’m now seeing Kristin Chenoweth, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Tamsin Greig, Iain Glen, James McAvoy, Rufus Sewell and Kristin Scott Thomas while in London.
Unlike New York I plan to pre-book because these shows will be popular, many just opening when we arrive (and I’m not having another The Book of Mormon situation like in NYC). However Les Miserables is super pricey so if any of you have experience rushing let me know!
- The Book of Mormon
- Viva Forever! (Yes, the Spice Girls Musical. Judging myself so you don’t have to.)
- The Woman in Black (has anyone rushed this one? It’s more popular now thanks to the film so tickets are already slim.)
- Matilda: The Musical
- Peter and Alice (with Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw)
- Les Miserables
Franky 6 shows in 9 days is a disappointment for me but apparently there are other things to see in London/my travel buddy is not as theatre obsessed as me.
OMG YOU GUYZ
Got a bit carried away and have an 18-day holiday for two at a little over $1000 return sitting in my cart. Somebody stop me from finalising the purchase … or agree to come with me.
That’s totally sensible right? I mean Colazione da Tiffany is showing at Teatro della Pergola. That’s right - Breakfast at Tiffany’s on stage in Florence. Even saying that sentence nearly made me collapse. Plus I can catch La Boheme at four different locations (not that I need to see it everywhere … ahem).
Sadly my travel buddy probably wouldn’t agree.
Bought the SNL sweatshirt because I have no willpower, as well as a Pushing Daisies Pie Hole tote and a Mighty Boosh tee. My brother also ordered an awesome NCIS hoodie which I wanted, but decided I had to start saving for the more exciting purchase of the evening … a family trip to Thailand!
Shit New Yorkers Say
“I love it here!” “I hate it here!”
In the space of five seconds I would want to run away from the city and all the anxieties living there gave me and then vow to never leave because living there was the closest I’d ever gotten to not being held back by my insecurities. I know. It doesn’t make sense to me either.
I want to go back to there. Forever.
INTO THE WOODS. 2012 Summer season at the Delacorte.
So it seems a trip to New York will have to become an annual tradition?
I had a great time in Sydney. Packed as much into those four days/three nights as I could, not only the K-Pop concert but also lots of shopping, site-seeing, eating, a play at the Opera House, checking out the nightlife and one of my favourite parts, catching up with Amanda, who gave me a personalised tour of the Sydney CBD.
However I now have this weird post-travel feeling, but don’t know why. I was only gone for three nights and it was still in Australia. As much as I love my own bed, it feels a little strange to be in a queen sized bed in a room of my own. It’s also very quiet without having a main road outside my window, and it even feels weird to be living in a one-storey building.
I think this post-travel feeling is actually a mixture of exhaustion (the flight was delayed and I had very little sleep last night), indigestion (in a bout of intense hunger I downed a medium McChicken meal in no time) and anxiety over my looming final (graduating) exam. The people I went with were talking about how they had all failed units because they didn’t study enough before the big exam and I’m sitting there freaking out because I don’t feel like I’ve studied enough (luckily I have two completely free days left) and I have to pass this exam to pass the unit which I need to pass uni and graduate this year.
On top of all that built-up anxiety I am still on a high from seeing the concert last night which was absolutely brilliant (its quality hasn’t even really registered yet) and I feel a tad out of the loop not only with the daily news, but also with all the usual internet happenings. Perhaps I should write about this phenomenon in my media exam on Wednesday. Or perhaps I should just get some sleep.
tl;dr: Went to Sydney, home now, have a lot of feelings but mostly I’m deliriously tired.
Off to see these babes (and more) live in concert tonight!
It’s going to be a big day/night/tomorrow morning by the sounds of it and I don’t know if I’ll make it. Pre-show activities with friends, then the 3.5+ hour concert, followed by pre-drinks at the hotel and then club hopping in King’s Cross until “I don’t know maybe about 5am Daniel?”
Wish me luck!
Hi tumblr! I’m in Sydney this weekend and already having a great time. Today after arriving quite early we headed to a Korean restaurant for a feast. After some shopping, and a small afternoon nap, I decided I wanted to go see a show at the Opera House. My friends wanted to go
gay clubbing. I decided to see Bell Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, do some study and get an early night. WOO! I’m so craaaazy!
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