Today was a pretty rushed day, especially since we were trying to cram a tour of Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens (read here) and a quick visit to Holy Trinity Church (read here) before attending the theatrical production of Wendy and Peter Pan. However we managed to arrive at the theatre on time, and enjoyed
The Royal Shakespeare Company was a beautiful red brick building situated by the river. According to Charlotte Mills, the actor who plays Tinkerbell, the Company spent 750,000 pounds on the construction of the mobile that would carry all the actors during flying scenes. At first I thought it was an extravagant expenditure, but when the actors started flying and jumping around on beds LIFTED IN THE AIR – I changed my mind instantly.
The play was wonderful – probably my favorite of the entire program so far – and I really admired the work that went into the stage and costume production. One of my favorite costumes was Tinkerbell – the dress was so poufy and pink! I found out later that we could have gone on a backstage tour before the performance, and although that is a big regret there was nothing we could do about it.
The performance was amazing, and Sam Swann (as Peter Pan) actually went to the Circus School in London for a few weeks to ‘learn the ropes’. The lessons paid off, for the flyers made hanging 15-30 ft off the ground look effortless! Here are a few photos of the principal cast taken from various newspaper articles online:
Overall, the Stratford-upon-Avon experience was a worthwhile (but short) weekend trip, and I am glad it was put on our schedule. Although waking up early was quite a hardship, I loved the bed & breakfast – in fact, I wish we could bring it back to London with us!
On the way back to the B&B, we visited Hobsons one last time for snacks. I was tempted to try the Covered Apple Tart, but I wanted food I knew I’d enjoy so I went with two slices of the Chocolate Brownie Torte + 1 wonderful cup of English Breakfast tea.