Wednesday, 8 February 2012

'She Stoops to Conquer' conquers!


We’ve been extraordinarily fortunate over recent weeks in seeing no fewer than 4 of the finest pieces of theatre produced in London over recent times – ‘Jerusalem’, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ and ‘Hamlet’ and last night we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at the National’s ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ which was a totally joyous experience.  

The mood was set by a beautiful if chilly walk in the twilight down the Thames Path from Tate Modern to the Southbank Centre lit by a huge moon. Sometimes London just looks fabulous!

Then on arrival we noticed that one of our occasional cover teachers, Zoe Rainey, was dance captain and understudy to Katherine Kelly for the show. Zoe’s a lovely person and we’ve always enjoyed having her with us so we were delighted for her.

And then the show – funny, carefree, liberated, relaxed and just plain FUN! Marvellous stuff and perfectly pitched. Go and see it!

By coincidence I think ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ may have been the first play I ever saw when my dad was in it at Workington Playgoers. I remember thinking he was pretty darned good but admittedly my critical faculties may not have been over developed or unbiased at age 7-ish.

I’ll write later about the other three shows we’ve seen as I think they point to a British theatre scene in very rude health despite of (because of?)  the economic environment.