Today we toured the backstage and other theaters at the National Theatre. It was a bit funny because we were required to wear red (or yellow) hard hats at certain parts of the backstage, but overall the tour was quite interesting. We were shown the props and where the actors practiced (we even ran into the actor carrying Topthorn from War Horse), and we were shown the different theaters to better understand the difference between a thrust stage and a proscenium stage.
At night we watched Candide, an operetta based on the same-titled work by Voltaire. The production was performed at the Menier Chocolate Factory, which disappointedly did not sell chocolate bars during intermission.
The theatre was actually quite small, and the seats were less armrest + stiff back, and more long wooden couches. At least my seat had a soft pillow for my back, or the wood would have been uncomfortable after a while! Since Candide was an operetta, the lights were left on for most of the performance, allowing us to easily take notes.
Because of how the operetta was choreographed, there were parts of certain scenes that I was unable to see, since it happened behind the music stage. For example, the scene where Dr. Pangloss and Paquette practice ‘experimental physics’. However I did have a good view of the musicians, and the chorus performers would usually be singing behind me.
Overall I really enjoyed the operetta, and the singing was easily understandable even when sung in the higher and lower octaves. I just wish that the Meniers Chocolate Factory actually sold chocolate bars during intermission, instead of the usual small cups of ice cream!