Winter Trip 2018: Part 6

Our trip in London continued. On the Saturday, we spent time on the outer ring of London. Since it was Saturday, it was the day for the Portobello Road market. It starts in Zone 1 but then you end up in Zone 2. I love the hustle and bustle of outdoors markets.There’s a booth to get bicycle horns, or metal stamps. And I really dig the fact that the area is full of art shops and antique stores. We wandered up the street, taking in the commerce. And the street art.

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Loved this piece at Portobello Road

I had discovered last year that there was a wall with a Banksy and other street art. I was quite pleased to not only find that the Banksy was still there but that Megzany, who interviewed last summer, had a piece up!

Then it was time for us to head to the theater. The night before, I decided to see if we could see anything at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Just our luck! A few tickets were left for Julius Caesar. I had been in an abbreviated version of the play but had yet to see it. So that afternoon was all Shakespeare at the Barbican.

I’m a Shakespeare fiend so it was exactly what I was looking for. The actor who played Marcus Aurelius was truly magnificent. (Unfortunately, it appears that the RSC has taken down its cast for the show). I kept quoting his speech in the forum  (“They say he was an ambitious men, and we know they are honorable men”) for days. It was one of the best scenes in all of theater last year and I saw 79 plays and talks last year.

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There was an exhibit on Shakespeare and politics. Artist is Stephen Bell

However, I will say that I was surprised how underwhelming the fight scenes were. Kudos to Chicago for having great stage fighting!

During intermission, I learned that we had more theater tickets for that evening! So we took a rest after Julius Caesar and had a spot of dinner before seeing the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. It is a two person play about love and age. The staging was fascinating; the stage had white walls that would collapse and expand per scene. The basic premise is that a woman misidentifies an elderly man and they begin a strange conversation. I don’t want to give any more but it was extraordinary. As much as I enjoyed Julius Caesar earlier that day, this play was the best of the three we had seen on the trip.

That’s all for now!

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