I forgot to mention this at the time, but a couple of weeks ago, we went to see Tom Stoppard’s latest play Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Duke of Yorks theatre.
I’ve loved Stoppard’s work since I saw The Real Thing about twenty-five years ago and for a while I saw just about every production of one of his plays in London. But that’s a habit that I’ve fallen out of over the last ten years, so it was great to go along and see this one.
Stoppard’s plays often work by juxtaposing two completely different concepts – Jumpers was philosophy and acrobatics, Hapgood was espionage and quantum physics – and this play follows in that classic mould by telling the story of Czechoslovakian politics from 1968 to 1990 at the same time as tracing the history of rock music in general and Syd Barrett in particular.
If you have any interest at all in either of those subjects – or, indeed, if you just want to see a very well-written play, then I strongly recommend that you see this play.
Not sure why, but over the last few years we’ve got out of the habit of going to the theatre. So we’ve decided to do something about that. We have four trips to the theatre booked over the next few weeks.
It all started off on Saturday when we went see Two Thousand Years at the National Theatre. We’re big fans of Mike Leigh’s films and the chance to see his work on stage was too good to miss.
Then next Saturday we’re off to the Open Air Theatre to see The Boyfriend. We love the Open Air Theatre. It’s such a civilised way to see a play. We love it so much that we’re going back about ten days later to see A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream – which is pretty much the Open Air Theatre’s signature play. And then in early September we’re going to see Rock ‘N’ Roll to celebrate my birthday. Tom Stoppard is one of my favourite playwrights. I used to go and see all of his plays, but I don’t think I’ve seen one since I saw Arcadia over ten years ago.
So I’m back into theatre-going with a bang. What’s the point of living in one of the theatre capitals of the world if you don’t take advantage of it. If people don’t go and support good theatre productions, then producers will just give us more and more crap musicals.