I love the weather in England. The weatherman is never right and usually its the exact opposite of everything predicted. As you go through your existence here never "quite" knowing what to expect, you dress in layers and plan for every minor calamity--whether it be rain, snow or mini tornado. We Londoners are resilient this way though and you can rest assured that whenever a spot of rain hits "brollies" of every shape, size and fashion will be popping up everywhere.
Why the sudden fascination with the weather? Well its been raining a lot you could say at the moment here to the point most of the countryside seems to be flooding. Funny enough last summer there was a drought. If only mother nature could figure out a happy medium so that there would be plenty of water but still enough sun to work in the occassional BBQ. Maybe she didn't get the memo eh? Anyway, whilst I'll never seem to understand the British weather it sure gives me an excuse to catch up on watching movies under nice warm duvets. I've managed to fulfill my duty in this area nicely recently, favorite recents: Last King of Scotland and The Queen.
On another note I do have to say the rain this time of year also means its time for Wimbledon which started a few days ago and goes for two weeks. Have been a couple times now but don't know if I'm up for the journey all the way out to SW19 (SouthWest London) this year or in the mood for strawberries and cream*. We shall just have to wait and see how the weather holds up. Unfortunately, this year I may only make it as far as watching it on t.v. with my duvet!
* Its a tradition at Wimbledon going back like a LONG TIME to have strawberries and cream whilst watching the tennis. English strawberries are very much in season at the moment and its just another excuse for people to be posh at a 'social event' like Wimbledon. They charge a fortune for them at about £3.50/$7 a pop but it really is the thing to do when you go.
Finally, I got to see this with James tonight. I've wanted to see this for many MANY years but I could never afford the tickets. Thank goodness for theatre vouchers cause otherwise we could never have been able to go ($80/£40 for the cheap tickets). So thanks David & Pam!
Anyway--it really is what everyone says it is just absolutely incredibly brilliant. It's way better than the movie and even kept James awake for two and a half hours (he usually falls asleep in musicals) so it must be good. The best part is that it was at Her Majesty's Theatre which was the original theatre that Phantom had its world premiere way back in 1986 (two years before it hit Broadway). Funny how people can never get tired of something.
The story is very sad and by the end you feel sorry for the Phantom and wonder if maybe had had a proper childhood, a good plastic surgeon and got out a bit more if he would be in this mess. But then I doubt it would be as romantic a musical about a disfigured chap crying about his mum to his shrink now would it? Personally I am happy to go along with the whole 'tragic romance' thing--much much more fun.
It was great to 'escape' for a few hours to see this and let my mind wander off. That's what's so great about the theatre as one minute you're in Paris or 19th Century America and you never know where you'll go or what adventure (or crisis) you'll encounter in the next production. I love how 'real' and almost organic the theatre is and how I feel like I am sharing "moments" among friends. Anyway- these reasons and productions like I saw tonight are why you'll always see me ticket in hand and a big grin on my face at the theatre. So till next time!