London, Shakespeare and a Cold Midsummer Night’s Dream

Well, there was not as much rain today as yesterday….but we were a little worried about snow! Our day began with a brief class in Russell Square. Mark and Gabby presented their theses ideas and we discussed how they might proceed with their essays.

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After about an hour of discussion, we assembled to head over to Shakespeare’s globe. We took the tube to St. Paul’s and then crossed the Thames River by walking over the Millennium Bridge. We had a nice view on Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Southwark Bridge as well as Bankside and The Globe.

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We arrived at The Globe and met Colin, our guide for the tour. There was a rehearsal going on inside the globe and although we had to be quiet and could not take pictures, it was very interesting to see the director interact with the cast. Outside the theater, Colin told us about Elizabethan Theater and the restoration of the Globe. It is the only thatched roof that has been allowed in London since the great fire of 1666.

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Although we were cold, we were all very happy to have seats because it began to rain about half way through the performance and the “groundlings” were cold and really, really wet.

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After the play, we were able to attend a question and answer session with two of the cast members. It was a great behind the scenes look at the performance.

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So it was a great Shakespeare-y day, but we have to wonder: London, when doth thy weather improve?
Before we went our separate ways for fish and chips and steak and ale pies, Dr. Firenze and Dr. Saraceno decided to build on the theme of kin selection that Mark introduced at our morning class. Dr. Firenze asked the question, “How far is a mild-mannered science teacher willing to go to provide for his family?” Dr. Saraceno asked, “Where the heck is Dr. Firenze getting all that extra cash?”

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That is all for today, check back tomorrow for tale’s of our pilgrimage to Canterbury.
Cheers from London!

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 29, 2013.

One Response to “London, Shakespeare and a Cold Midsummer Night’s Dream”

  1. Okay, so Dr. Firenze makes an extra bob or two moonlighting as a Teletubby.

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