London Trip- Day 3. “To be or not to be”

Traveling

hamlet

Today we made the trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, to visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare, as well as to see his play “Hamlet” at the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company).

William Shakespeare’s birthplace was so cool- with costumed actors and educators inside the building, I really got a sense of the times he lived in.  I learned a lot of interesting facts about Bill S. and his life;

  1. William Shakespeare’s father, John, made and sold leather gloves (he made his own leather).  His son obviously didn’t follow his father’s career path, but he does reference a lot of his father’s trade in several of his plays.
  2. Charles Dickens and other writers lead a campaign to save Shakespeare’s home in 1847, when it was purchased for 3,000 pounds by public subscription.
  3. William was the 3rd of 8 little Shakespeare’s.
  4. In 1582 he married Anne Hathaway and they had three children; two of whom (Susanna and Judith both married, but Hamnet didn’t)
  5. Shakespeare’s writing career spanned from 1589 to 1613- 24 years of writing!  (that is if my math skills are on point)

After that, we went to the RSC to see a production of Hamlet.  This was a modern interpretation, starring Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet.  I really, really, really loved this version of my favorite tragedy ever written by Shakespeare, and found every actor to be FANTASTIC!  The only thing that I noticed was that after Polonius was killed (spoiler alert), I saw his hand move twice!  And I saw him breathe- though I suppose there isn’t much he can do about that.  Otherwise, I LOVED it- it certainly did justice to the Bard!

After a long day of traveling, with a total of about 6h on the train/tubes, I’m ready for bed!

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