FOOD, FRIENDS AND RICHARD ARMITAGE

21 August 2014 London


I had been looking forward to the 20th August for quite some time. I was initially seeing The Crucible at The Old Vic, on the Saturday after my birthday, back in June. But then I won the tickets for opening night which was the evening before my birthday...so I couldn't pass that up, could I? The night before my birthday, spent watching one of my favourite actors perform in front of my very eyes? Yes please.


ticket for the crucible at the old vic

Because of that, I moved the date I was seeing it to August, when my friend Alice would be going along. Plus it would be a matinee performance which puts my mind at ease after the fiasco me and Alice had when we saw Coriolanus for the second time, at an evening performance in February and afterwards, the rickshaw driver cycled us all the way to Knightsbridge instead of Kings Cross.  (Never going to use one of those again, I'm telling you!) It also turned out that Krissy, a friend of mine, was going to be coming over from the States! So, we knew we definitely had to meet up in some shape or form.

The day finally arrived and off I went up to London.  I met up with Krissy and we made our way from Victoria to over Waterloo. We were going to grab something to eat near the theatre, but ended up walking down to the South Bank, and stopping at Giraffe. Now, I don't know if it was because I was extremely hungry, but what I had - Croque “Giraffe” (basically a cheese toastie with chorizo, sweet red pepper, tomato tapenade and wedges), it was the smallest plate I've seen for a meal! I know it wasn't going to be a feast, but I thought it would have been a bit larger than what I got...maybe I was just being greedy.

We then walked along the South Bank a little more, and saw these tables filled with books, pictures and all kinds of little things, by the BFI. If I had the money, I probably would have picked up some books (also I don't know if I would have had the energy to actually carry a ton of them around London with me). I didn't look through them, but it reminded me of when I was little - my dad would take me to this second hand bookshop on the outskirts of town, and I'd spend hours just looking through the books to see what little treasures they had.


We then headed back over to Waterloo to collect our tickets from the theatre before the show started. I was going to meet Alice before the show, but it didn't pan out, so we decided we'd meet up after the show for a drink.I said my farewells to Krissy before the show started, as she was going to have to leave straight away to meet up with friends as it was her last full day in London I think, so wanted to make the most of it, so we made sure to grab a quick picture together!

(Credit to Krissy for the picture!)

I'm kind of glad I was sat where I was this time. Not that the tickets for opening night were bad. They weren't, they were great, and it was fantastic to see the show, face on.

But seeing it from the side, was really interesting! I got to see expressions I hadn't seen before, and also a lot closer I was second row, up in the dress circle. I felt as though I was more involved in it, being close. I am glad that I have had the opportunity to see this play twice. The only ever time I have done that before, was for Coriolanus at the Donmar. I know a lot of people go to plays, and want to try and meet the cast of the show as well, but I rarely do that. For me, getting to see those from TV shows and films that I adore so much, act in front of my very eyes is an absolute pleasure in itself. I've waited so long to see Richard Armitage in theatre, so to see him twice? Fantastic.

He owns that stage. Even just standing there, he just...takes over the stage. And the thing I love about his voice is that is can be so frightening and booming, hitting everyone in there, watching. Yet at times, there is such a fragility to it, which is beautiful, and makes you quite emotional.

And yet again, I want to commend all the girls. In the scene where they are seemingly possessed...they throw themselves around, and it's hard to put into words because so much is happening, but it's brilliant. Second time around, and I was still like 'WOAH' when it happened. For some reason, I felt seeing the play this time, it hit me harder. I don't know why. Afterwards, I met up with Alice, and her mum outside, and we went to grab a drink from Caffe Nero. But first, we grabbed a picture of the two of us together, because we have met up so many times over the past year or so, and yet never got a picture together, apart from one when we happen to have Mark Gatiss in the picture also.


Me and Alice went into Nero to get drinks, and who is in front of us in the queue? Only Adrian Schiller (Reverend Hale in the play) - there's just something about him... Anyway, we grabbed our drinks, and sat outside. As we sat there, we saw Sarah Niles (Tituba) go by, and also Anna Madeley (Elizabeth Proctor) I kind of adored her as Miss Ravillious in Mr Selfridge, and wish she had been in it for a little longer.


After swiftly finishing my hot chocolate - which was delicious by the way, we said our goodbyes, and are making sure the next play we see in London, is one we see together. It was a great day, apart from the journey home. This man on the train supposedly didn't realise he was in the way of this woman who held her baby (that was very young) in her arms. He 'accidentally' elbowed the baby in the head and didn't apologise. He then done it a second time, and when the woman said to him what he did, and to apologise, he said she had an attitude problem. Rightly so, the woman walked off with her baby.

Another woman, sat near me tried to stand up for the woman and baby, saying that she had said 'excuse me'. He then started having a go at her, telling her she also had an attitude problem. I think he was the one with the problem to be honest. I'm just glad he got off at the next stop, as I was ready to have a go. I can't stand people that won't admit they are in the wrong.

Unless casting that I must just see is announced for anything else, the next, and last thing I will be seeing this year, is Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre. I tweeted that it's the next thing I'll be seeing, and in fact my first musical, and that I am ever so excited...today, Lara Pulver who will be playing Louise, tweeted me back that she is very  excited. Which makes me even more excited. But until then, I will be enjoying the remainder of my summer holidays before I return to university. I may be getting the chance to do some filming for a couple of uni things, which I'm looking forward to.

Are there any plays, or musicals that you really want to see at the moment, or are looking forward to?

4 comments

  1. This is great! So glad you got to attend again and shared it with those of us who can't! I'm jealous. :D

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    1. Awww thanks!

      I'm glad I did as well. If I had more money, I'd try and go again, but to see it twice...I'm happy enough that happened to be honest.

      And that's no problem - I know many people wanted to go, but couldn't!

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  2. I am going to see it again soon and cannot wait. Like you I think I will get new and interesting impressions second time round. I wrote a review. If you care to read it and like it, please leave a comment @ www.anewcreation33.wordpress.com

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    1. Yes, I like going a couple of times to plays if I can, so I can see it from another perspective.

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