Archive for May, 2011

Diary of a Theatre Trip

5:50pm – getting ready to leave.

5:55pm – still getting ready to leave.

6:00pm – leaving.

6:01pm – left.

6:10pm – collected interstellar Stella.

6:15pm – finally on way.

7:25pm – arrived at theatre.

7:45pm – seated and show starting.

Next 2 hours – almost continuous laughter, sometimes so hard that sides hurt and tears rolled down cheeks.

An outstanding performance by four brilliant actors, well worth the standing ovation they received. You really had to be there since mere words from this meekly pen couldn’t possibly do justice to that which we were privileged to participate in.

Read the book. Though only second best I fear.

10:30ish pm – arrived home.

Good night all.

A Capital Trip

7 of 8 intrepid explorers made it to YHA St Pancras by 2pm via car, train and coach; one unfortunate never made it. Five of us made our way to the Pub Behind the Hostel for lunch but they had stopped serving food, damn! looked like good beer too. Following a light lunch at another establishment we returned to the Pub Behind the Hostel. Excellent beer.

After much to-ing & fro-ing and fro-ing & to-ing, not to mention mobile phone texting & calling, (yes, this was one of those rare events where we had excellent mobile signals on all networks), all seven participants finally met and we made our way to book tickets for some excellent shows. Comedies (farces? in keeping with group tradition), since War Horse was fully booked for the next 3 months! A Turkish meal, the show, regrouping then back to the Pub Behind the Hostel for a nightcap or three. Excellent beer and wine.

Breakfast day 2, no comment. Everyone had plans, three made it Outdoors Show – decided the Birmingham event last year was much better. Met at Tate Modern, joined by Chris and Alice, for a pleasant walk to Borough, we are a walking group after all. Made our way to The George Inn for a delicious and very welcome meal. Back to the Pub Behind the Hostel for a Nightcap or three. Excellent beer, wine and cider.

Breakfast day 3, still no comment. What we all came down for; well, except for the cats & dogs washing the grime off the streets of London, which nearly made us change our minds’.

Pub crawl of Historic pubs of London, hoorah hooray. Walked to British Museum where we took refuge from the deluge. Then onwards, down Museum Street, across High Holborn to Drury Lane to The White Hart at 191. A veritable den of thieves and skullduggers in the past. Here we lunched, good grub and drank real ale. On then to Long Acre and The Freemason’s Arms at 81; very posh! but maintained its character. More real ale. A short walk down Bow Street to Catherine Street in Covent Garden where we found Nell of Old Drury at number 39 opposite the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, hmmm! A very small, but wonderfully atmospheric, bar with walls covered in posters of past shows, many signed by the famous thespians. Apparently an underground passage connects the theatre and the pub so that those same thespians can pop over for courage when not on stage. Another excellent pint downed followed by the hunt for Bull Inn Court. Found, after much searching, down a very narrow, twisty passage off Maiden Lane towards The Strand. Here at number 2 our final watering hole The Nell Gwynne Tavern. Doorstep sandwiches to sop up all the beer so far acquired then two more pints before making our separate ways to Leicester.

A thoroughly enjoyable weekend, must do it again!