Tonight, one of the dreams of English majors came true: I saw a Shakespearean play at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. The show was sold out, but the Globe has a neat little system. At 6:00 pm, you may begin to “queue” beside the door for the 7:30 performance. You can then wait to see if any tickets are returned and, if they are, you may purchase them. As ticketholders arrive for the performance, they offer tickets they won’t be using to the people in the queue, beginning at the front of the line.
Tonight’s play was A Midsummer Night’s Dream–a comedy, for any non-Shakespeare fans who might be reading this. We got seats in the topmost (third) tier. As we were going in, the usher asked us if we didn’t want to rent cushions. We asked if we’d need them and she said the seats are boards. We rented cushions and it was a good decision.
The play was hilarious! It was like a modern National Lampoon version of Shakespeare’s play. About 95 percent was Shakespeare’s original dialogue, but there were some updated lines like “Let’s play some Bon Jovi” following a line about having some music. Even Ted, who was only attending to support my desire to do so, laughed aloud frequently and smiled for almost the entire three hours–it was that funny!