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What I did last night
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I cycled into work that morning via the day seat queue at the National Theatre. In the evening, I was going to leave the bike at work and get the tube to the NT and take the train home...

Get to Earl's Court at just past 6:30pm - no trains, some sort of power cut. Oh well, I'll cycle. Annoyingly, that means I'll have to fit a plastic bag of stuff on the bike, as I didn't bring my newspaper bag today.

Walk back to work, get changed into my cycling gear, get the bike down the stairs, tape the bag to the bike and open the door at 6:45... it's started seriously pissing down.

Normally, I'd go via the back streets and avoid the fast traffic along the side of the river, but that'd involve some map reading. Sod that - this was a case of getting from A-B asap.

So it was only when I got to the theatre that I discovered how widespread the power cut was. I'm still not sure how much was affected - all the traffic lights were working en route, for example, although that may not have been true at the Waterloo end of the journey when I started out.

As a result of the power cut, the show was delayed by 30 minutes, so as it turns out, I would probably have been able to get the tube - anyone know how quickly it restarted?

Oh, what was the play and what was it like? Despite starring the magnificent Alex Jennings, who's normally much better than Simon Russell Beale, I thought His Girl Friday was pretty bad.

HGF the film is wonderful, by far the best adaptation of The Front Page. TFP with Griff Rhys Jones a couple of years ago was good, so the play is still great, but this adaptation doesn't work nearly as well - they've tried to update and rewrite it in several places with stuff that's neither in the play or the film. This is a minority opinion, mind you, as the most of the rest of the audience were enjoying it.

Go see SRB in Jumpers, also at the NT, instead. Fab.

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the entire 'central london' area of 'all' tube lines were down... although the power outage was only 40 minutes, supposedly, it wasn't til about 9:30ish that two lines were partially up and running.

not sure how long took to get the rest sorted.


Go see SRB in Jumpers, also at the NT, instead. Fab.

Have done and yes, it was!

"Oh, what was the play and what was it like? Despite starring the magnificent Alex Jennings, who's normally much better than Simon Russell Beale, I thought His Girl Friday was pretty bad. "

Oh dear, I've got tickets to go and see that with Jon on 13th.

It's a minority opinion, as I said. The Evening Standard absolutely loved it and thinks Jumpers is so-so, for example.

How many other versions have you seen?

I don't think I've seen any but bluerose says there was a film with Cary Grant and katharine Hepburn which wasn't very good. I saw Jumpers years ago at the National with Diana Rigg. I didn't really like it but it was widelyt acclaimed. i thought it tried to be clever but wasn't.

But we just left Edward 11 after 2/3 of the play. There were 2 intervals and we walked out to look at the river after the second and didn't fancy going back in. The play is Marlowe, not Shakespeare, and I think he can't have been the person who really wrote Shakespeare's plays. It was much cruder. Less poetic. Very unsophisticated.


Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell were the stars of the film, but if you haven't seen it - or any of the others - I think you'll like the play. I was comparing it to the other versions, and you won't be.

I've seen most of the 'contempories of Shakespeare' at the Globe and they tend to be very good, but this production is meant to be not quite up to their usual standard.


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