We've been to Stratford-upon-Avon for a few days to celebrate a friend's fiftieth birthday. We had tickets for a production at the Swan Theatre. It's a lovely space that echoes the atmosphere of the courtyard theatres of Shakespeare's time. There is a thrust stage surrounded by bench seats in the stalls and simple wooden balustraded galleries above.
I took these photos on the way to our seats and didn't want to use the flash. I hope that you can get an idea of what a magical space it is.
The production that we had come to see had received glowing reviews in the press.
It was a lot of fun.
We arrived at the theatre in good time to have a look around and study whatever might be on display. I enjoy the opportunity to study costumes at close quarters when I visit the theatre or ballet and it's also fascinating to read about the thought processes of the various designers.
From the traditional
To the wildly inventive
and all stages in-between.
You would certainly feel in character trailing all this flotsam behind you!
I rather fancy having an outfit made of Toile de Jouy and denim!