Hello, you lot! I’ve just remembered it’s Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, no mean feat for someone as England-focussed as myself. So I hope all you people across the pond have a wonderful holiday, particularly those who were kind enough to respond to my questions about Shakespeare a couple of weeks ago.
I do love the LJ header at the moment. It reminds me of a magical night in August when I’d just seen a play at the Globe and I came out and looked across the river. The view of St Pauls is stunning at any time, but particularly when the Perseids are coming down all around the dome. Unforgettable.
So I hope your Thanksgiving celebrations include the odd moment of that kind. I wonder if the DW crowd are still in the USA and whether anyone will invite Matt and Karen for dinner if so?
As for me, I’m going to Stratford tomorrow for a supervision, and while I’m there I might pop into the new RSC theatre and see if I can find the seat with David Tennant’s name on it. A contact of mine has heard a rumour that DT will be involved in the Birthday Celebrations next year (23 April), though I’ve come across nothing to confirm it. If I do, you’ll read about it here. Certainly if royal weddings are your thing, and you can afford the air fare, you could do a lot worse than come over here at the end of April. But be warned. There will be two four-day weekends in a row – first Easter, then the wedding (29 April) and May Day (2 May) so you’ll need to book everything early!
The 2011 RSC programme is out today. The website will probably be very slow so be patient. Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are all on offer. Obviously they’re playing safe. Rather more intriguing, they’re staging the "lost play" Cardenio at the Swan.
BTW, is it just me, or does anybody else wonder why the restoration of an iconic English cultural site has been promoted with artwork that looks like Stalinist propaganda?