Monday, April 14, 2008

How I spent Sunday...

Daniel Weyman as Nicholas Nickleby, and David Dawson as Smike

Yesterday, my parents came into town, and swooped me away from my little family, so that I could spend one. entire. day. drenched in the most spectacular theatre that any of us has seen in many, many years.

Right now, at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, the Chichester Festival Production of "The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby" is playing... And if any of you have an afternoon and an evening when you could go and sit through all six-and-a-half glorious hours of this play, I assure you, it will be something that you will remember for the rest of your lives.

My bum may still be completely numb from all that sitting, but my heart is full with the memory of a splendid production, and a wonderful day.

The form moved, rose, advanced, and dropped upon its knees at his feet. It was Smike indeed.

'Why do you kneel to me?' said Nicholas, hastily raising him.

'To go with you--anywhere--everywhere--to the world's end--to the church yard grave,' replied Smike, clinging to his hand. 'Let me, oh do let me. You are my home--my kind friend--take me with you, pray.'

--Nicholas Nickleby, Chapter 13
by Charles Dickens

Thanks, mum and dad... for taking me with you.


mrinz said...

Wow - six and a half hours is a marathon - for the players and audience!

Candygirlflies said...

Hi, Mrinz--

Hope you had a lovely few days with the grandies! Nice to have you back.

Six and a half hours does sound like a long time, but actually, the show was SO good, it all just whizzed by. The production was actually CUT by about an hour (which made the plot slightly fuzzy in the second half)-- the original is nearly eight hours long. A very, VERY good version can be found on DVD, through (or through your local library), and I highly recommend it! I saw the recording years ago when I was a young teenager, but watched it in two-hour installments on Masterpiece Theatre.

Love to you-- CGF xoxo

painted maypole said...

color me jealous

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