Discussions about events at The Royal Theatre, Northampton.
A Christmas Carol……We enjoyed the matinee performance on 21st December 2012. A great way to get the Christmas ‘spirit’ going if it’s not quite touched you yet. Their production stuck to the main, well known storyline where Scrooge is visited by 3 ghosts. There was a little humour injected here and there too. All in all another excellent production. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others. 🙂 .
We knew nothing of the story of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen and so we were not sure about what we would be seeing. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedda_Gabler)
We were in for a great evening firstly because the players were very professional and believable and secondly because the story is intriguing with the main character someone who is both neurotic and manipulative. A woman who is really seeking thrills in her life but finds boredom at every turn. She even gets married to someone who is quite dull, not because she loves him but because it is something that brings drama into her life.
To manipulate the men that surround her she needs to flirt and draw them into her web of neuroticism but even that power is short lived.
We really enjoyed the evening and would recommend it to others. It’s on until the end of July, for details click here http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/en/Home/WhatsOn/HEDDAGABLER
Ladies in Lavender
As a last minute decision we decided to see Ladies in Lavender at the Royal Theatre.
I admit I wasn’t too keen because it sounded a bit “chic lit” however it was much better than I imagined. The story is set in 1936 when a handsome and talented young Polish-Jewish violinist bound for America is washed ashore, the Widdington sisters take him under their wing and nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the mysterious young man disrupts their peaceful lives and the community in which they live. It is a very gentle piece and depicts the sisters cocooned in a life that hasn’t seen any major changes since the end of the First World War.
When we look at our own lives we can see the temptation to protect our way of life, avoid risk and defend against any intrusions. We intend to keep fighting complacency and keep pushing against the boundaries.
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