Samuel Becket: Waiting for Godot
This is a play I have waited for a long time to see. I dearly wished to see Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan as Vladimir and Estragon, but that was not to be. This version was Irish through and through, and had some moments of comedy breaking up the bleakness. I found Pozzo and Lucky very irritating, but Didi and Gogo were excellent.
Once again, I found that I had been moved to a stalls seat (always a problem for me in these little theatres, as it usually involves negotiating a LOT of steps) because of a small audience. I really wish that theatres wouldn’t do this. And this time they were very high-handed about it -as if they are granting you the great privilege of paying £50 for a cold, noisy seat in a half-empty theatre.
The play itself was good, but the cast must have been as fed up as the audience with the noise leaking in from the basement bar next door. I can’t recommend this as a venue, sadly.
Illustration Cupboard Gallery
David McKee: 50 Years of Mr Benn
I like Mr Benn, and was pleased to see this exhibition.
The pictures were mostly straight from the books, with some animation cels. The gallery is very small and tightly packed. There were three other people in the main room when I was there, and it felt like a crowd.
My favourite item was a design especially commissioned by Turnbull and Asser (the tailor next door to the gallery). It is Mr Benn as James Bond, and is going to be a silk pocket square that is sadly just too small to be used as a neck scarf. (I popped next door to enquire, just to be sure).