Sorry about how behind I am. Still trying to fight off this cold which is as of today (Friday) on the way out I think. That coupled with spotty internet especially at night has prevented me from staying up to date. I will catch up and get it all done.
This day was a trip to have class at the Victoria & Albert museum and the performance tonight was 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre. I thought that I might try to give you a sense of what it is like riding the tube so, I’ve included a series of photographs for that purpose.
At the other end of this trip we arrive at the Victoria and Albert museum which is one of my favorite places in the city. Today, we are having class here and then touring the theatre exhibit with the class.
The theatre exhibit has changed a great deal since the last time I was here. There is a look at the the last 50 years as well as much of the original material. New items included a lot of more recent productions. The one item I was struck with this time and I am sure it was there last time is a letter from Elia Kazan to Vivian Leigh. He is sending her the script for A Streetcar Named Desire and he is arranging for her to meet with Lucinda Ballard, the costume designer for the film.
The underwear exhibition was quite wonderful but, I also went back through the regular clothing exhibition to look at the early 19th century clothing because I am designing Sense and Sensibility this fall. Ironically, I have the director with me (Christina).
We spent several hours in the museum including a great lunch in their cafe and headed out to Harrod’s for a quick tour through.
After a brief rest, we left and went out for that evening’s production which was 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre.
The production that evening was intense. We were sitting on the front rows of the theatre and that added to the intensity. I enjoyed this production a great deal. It was a totally different style than anything we have seen to date. Got away from the realism of the previous productions and told the story in a very non-linear way. The performances were excellent and we walked home to walk off the experience.