Living in London there are so many things to do – galleries, events, concerts, theatre. I love taking advantage of all the city has to offer, and this weekend I had the real treat of going to see not just one but two West End shows. My lovely friend Shona, who I used to do musical theatre with in Aberdeen, was with us for the weekend. Whenever she’s in town we tend to head to see a production or two!
First up was Macbeth, starring James McAvoy (yum, frankly). The Scottish Play is one of my favourites, not least because my hometown gets a shout out (Forres, Act I, Scene III)! It’s gripping and gory and contains some of my favourite quotes from Shakespeare. The production is on at the Trafalgar Studios, which I’ve never been to before – it’s a brilliant space! The play was gripping and dark, with plenty of jumps, Scottish accents and drama. There was a lot of blood!
Then we popped out for dinner before the second show of the day – Book of Mormon! London has been absolutely plastered with ads for the show, which transferred just last week, and Matthew and I were lucky enough to get tickets for Saturday’s show.
Oh, good heavens, it is so inappropriate, rude and coarse. The first thing I told my mother was not to try to see it – it’s heavy on the swears and just as out there and satirical as South Park. That being said….I loved it. Great songs, great cast, and lots and lots of great jokes. I’ve never spent quite so much of my time at a musical agog though….every time you think they won’t go there, they do! Despite the language, the moral of the story is an interesting one, and there’s a lot of heart to the show.
A most enjoyable day at the theatre. Have you guys seen any good shows recently? Are there any you’d really like to see?