Category London

Two weekends, two plays

Last night I saw Joe Hill-Gibbons’ production of The Tragedy of King Richard II at the Almeida Theatre up the road. It’s one more play toward my goal of seeing all of Shakespeare’s plays before I’m forty. Though this highly pared-down production (less than 2 hours!) may have veered more toward an abridgment than a full production… The play is […]

Those ancient Anglo-Saxons made some lovely books…

After spending most of December away from London — galavanting to such exotic locales as Sydney, New York, and… Luxembourg — I figured I ought to start the New Year off with a good grounding in my Anglo-Saxon roots. The British Library obligingly put on an extraordinary exhibition of Anglo-Saxon literature. In this case “literature” […]

A Christmassy Saturday in London

I love Christmas in London–and I realized last night that this is my last weekend in London until after the New Year!  I’ll be in New York next weekend for a wedding, then in Luxembourg for work, and then off to Australia for Christmas and New Year’s.  So today I went into full Christmas mode. […]

No dainty swans

I finally saw Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake!  Can’t recall when I first learned about it . . . maybe the ending scene of Billy Elliot?  If so it feels a tad late, given the piece won roughly all the awards in London and New York in the mid-1990s (but then again, in the mid-1990s I was living […]

Saturday at The Ned

I’ve had a gift card to the Cowshed at The Ned burning a hole in my wallet for nearly a year now.  Matt gave it to Justin as a Christmas gift last year, but he hasn’t been able to use it, and since it will expire before he makes it back to London, he said […]

Window boxes, autumn edition

Back at the beginning of the summer I wrote about planting some flower boxes outside my kitchen window.  They were full of pink geraniums, yellow snapdragons, and a mass of trailing petunias.  I never followed up with a “here’s how they turned out” post because, well, they never quite lived up to my hopes.  This […]

I saw Sandi Toksvig! And also a play.

A year ago a new production of Sondheim’s musical Company was announced, with Patti LuPone as one of the stars.  I bought a ticket.  Fortunately I also wrote it in my calendar because otherwise I would have completely forgotten that it was tonight. The production was very good, and I liked it much more than when […]