As a struggling writer/actor/manager, Shakespeare would have loved it.
Tennant’s Hamlet was filmed for TV. I hope they film this as well.
A nice contrast to the previous evening, spent watching Turandot: brilliant singing by the Welsh National Opera, but what a turkey of a story. Turandot turned up in the second act wearing a blue mid-calf business suit and a blonde hairstyle which made her look just like Mrs. Thatcher. It has to have been intentional – no-one could have chosen that outfit for a medieval Chinese princess by accident. The ‘hero´was just as unpleasant. When the slave girl kills herself to save him, he just says: ‘she is dead’, ignoring the fact that she continues to crawl over the stage for the next couple of minutes. As Mr. H said, the two main characters deserved each other.
Until now I had Tannhauser labelled as the worst opera story ever, but I think Turandot pushes it into second place. I’m not sure what we were doing there in the first place because Mr. H tells me that he does not like Puccini. Why he would spend good money on tickets for an opera by a composer he does not like is beyond me.
Well, at least it got me away from the dreadful smell from the fridge/freezer which had died, so that all the contents were rotting. Even after I had cleared it out the stink persisted for a couple of days.