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13 April 2008 @ 05:40 pm
All that glisters is not gold!  
On Friday, we saw the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Merchant of Venice. We had amazing fourth row seats, but I'm not sure there's a bad seat in the Courtyard Theatre. The production was so incredibly good. It was dramatic and humorous and just wonderful, with particularly lovely performances* by Shylock, Bassinio, and Portia.

Today, we went to Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. We've been there before, but today we went back with the camera. On our way back to the flat, who should we see outside of Carluccio's but Jack Laskey (Bassanio) and Georgina Rich (Portia). After a brief moment of starstruck indecision, we decided to go back to Carluccio's, get a drink for take-away, and say something to them. I said, "I'm so sorry to interrupt, but we saw you on stage Friday, and it was just wonderful." Chris also told them it was wonderful, and we both thanked them profusely for the performance. They were so gracious, and said that it was a nice interruption. It was great! We talked to Bassanio and Portia!! In retrospect, we kind of wish that we'd thought about the fact that we had the camera, but I refuse to let regret rain on my Shakespearean parade.

* Jessica was played by the same actress (Amara Karan) who played the train stewardess in the movie Darjeeling Limited.