Colorado College / England / junior year / London

King Lear

So…

Tonight we watched King Lear at the National Theatre. The play stars Simon Russell Beale, and was directed by Sam Mendes. On the way to the theatre room, we passed by the poster of Coriolanus, another play I really wanted to see.

Coriolanus

Coriolanus

Shakespeare

Shakespeare

The play was in the early evening, and since class ends at around 5pm on Thursdays I decided to check out the Lyttelton Café to see if they had cheap food for my dinner. I ended up ordering a bowl of deliciously creamy mashed potatoes, and a small pack of salt crisps for an intermission snack.

the Lyttelton Café

the Lyttelton Café

pies and frittatas

pies and frittatas

salad

salad

pastries

pastries

pretzels and crips

pretzels and crips

mashed potatoes!

mashed potatoes!

mashed potatoes and crisps for dinner

mashed potatoes and crisps for dinner

After dinner we queued up to enter the theatre. We were able to get really good seats, and I sat by the aisle a couple of rows away from the stage! Because we were seated on the right side I was able to see backstage, and parts of the play that were supposed to be gruesome – such as the scene when Gloucester’s eyes are removed – were not as horrifying because I saw what actually happened. 

King Lear ticket

King Lear ticket

King Lear stage

King Lear stage

the theatre seats

the theatre seats

King Lear poster

King Lear poster

The play was amazing, with superb acting from the central cast. The turn table and props were used well, and this was probably my favorite theatrical production so far. We left for the apartments pretty late, but enjoyed seeing the London Eye lit up in the night sky.

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P.S. The photos have the wrong date stamp because I forgot to change the timezone from “Hong Kong” to “London”.

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