I have always enjoyed going to the theatre and going to the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebration has to be the pinnacle so I knew, even though I was sick with a sore throat and stuffed nose, I couldn’t not go. After all who does theatre better than the Brits right?
“All the world’s a stage.” So wrote the greatest playwright of all in As You Like It (William Shakespeare) and it felt like everyone that’s anyone (who is still alive) in British theatre was in the room either acting or seated in the audience. Where else would you see M (Judi Dench), the Queen (Helen Mirren), Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smithy (James Corden), Lord Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes), Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and McGonagall (Maggie Smith) all in the same night! Over a few hours we got to see these actors and many more reprise roles they had performed in years gone by. It was particularly more special to me because it has always been a dream of mine to see Judi Dench and Maggie Smith perform live and now I can say I have.
My favourite scenes were from: Antony and Cleopatra (William Shakespeare), Othello (William Shakespeare), History Boys (Alan Bennett), Angels in America (Tony Kushner), Bedroom Farce (Alan Ayckbourn), Pravda (David Hare and Howard Brenton) and a little of Joey from War Horse. My ultimate highlight of the evening was Judi Dench singing ‘Send in the Clowns’ from A Little Night Music (Stephen Sondheim), that voice, that emotion- awww it can still make me teary. By the end of the evening I had laughed and cried and my hands were sore from all the clapping but I felt so fortunate that I got to witness such an evening, opportunity of a lifetime. Oh I do love London town.