Monday, 16 March 2009

Town & Country and a bit of Culture

A lot of town and a lot of culture!

Scraper and I took a short break in the beautiful spa town of Malvern in Worcestershire; the excuse was to attend a performance of "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett.

The cast list consisted of four of the currently greatest English actors:

Ian McKellen as Estragon
Patrick Stewart as Vladimir
Simon Callow as Pozzo
Ronald Pickup as Lucky

There was almost a music hall quality to the play, Vladimir and Estragon are like an old married couple in their  comic double act. Lucky did a breathtakingly bravura, solo speech, and Pozzo gloriously hammed up his scenes.
If  you can beg, borrow or steal a ticket when the play comes anywhere near you, I strongly advise you to do so.

We stayed at The Abbey Hotel. It's large but  comfortable, in the middle of the attractive upper town, within a few steps of pubs, restaurants, the ancient abbey itself and a great second hand bookshop.  

  English breakfast over                                                                      Food for the soul                                                                         

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