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So, yeah, I went to London at the weekend. Got the train down, and it's actually much less hassle than flying when it doesn't get stuck on a siding in Yorkshire for two and a half hours like it did last time I tried it. This time, less than four and a half hours from Glasgow Central to Euston. Nice.



Friday night laerad's brother had set up a one-off Star Wars RPG for us and his normal gaming group - there were eight of us playing, and only about two people knew the system, so it was a bit chaotic, but a lot of fun. We were being cinematic. And I got to almost-die running down a corridor in slow motion being shot by wall-mounted sentry weapons, and spent most of the night mortally wounded. But didn't actually die.

Saturday we went in to see the gaming shops in town - Orc's Nest and a board game shop that had some fabulous stuff, and another comic shop, and of course the Forbidden Planet megastore that we spent, er, probably well over two hours in overall. There's a Heroes book out already. But it doesn't look very good. But I'll probably buy it anyway, you know what I'm like...

We had a quick wander round the British Museum since we were in the area, and I squeed over the Rosetta Stone (I wish I'd bought a jigsaw, now), but we were all knackered, so we mostly hung out in slightly dodgy cafes and waited for it to be time to go to the theatre.

Eventually we headed down to the Duke of York's theatre to see Rent. The tickets were unallocated seating, so we got there an hour or so early, and ended up being near the front of the queue, which was nice. Unfortunately there were notices on the door saying two of the main guys weren't performing tonight, so several others had been shuffled around as well. And then with ten minutes to go we discovered that Denise van Outen wasn't going to be in it either. And I'm still not sure about the Sugababe, to be honest - I didn't think she was performing, but looking at pictures, it does look like it might have been her.

The show was directed/ staged by the guy who does Kylie's videos, so it was all white, minimalist and well lit - very different to the Broadway set, but I quite liked it. Lots of metal and fluorotubes and things. I have a couple of pictures, but my phone isn't connecting to the computer particularly well at the moment. I don't mind minimalist stage sets, to be honest - if the show's good enough, I shouldn't much be paying attention to the set. Although we did laugh at the chaise longue that was used a lot, because I'd just been regaling laerad and gwinniegirl with tales of Pantheon Theatre's chaise longue that got used in every single production they did for years. Not sure if it's still in use - I'm going to have to go and see one of their shows again.

The show itself has pretty much been panned by the critics, but I still enjoyed myself. I think two or three of the people playing parts they don't usually play were...pretty dreadful, but it is a new show - I suspect it was their first time. Mark was good, though; Maureen was fabulous (I can't see Denise van Outen having been any better); Collins was very natural with a great voice... Roger, on the other hand, was appalling during the first half (he was one of the understudies) though he improved in the second half, and Mimi was awful all through. It's Mimi who may or may not have been a Sugababe, but she couldn't sing, and she looked petrified, and her microphone fell off during Light My Candle and put her off completely. Still, at least she had the "emaciated junkie" look down. Angel was another understudy - should have been playing Benny - but he was OK, and managed most of the dancing fine. And was taken up to heaven half-naked by a bunch of people in leather straps and gimp masks, which was odd and distracting. Most of the ensemble songs were great - they missed one line in La Vie Boheme ("To the stage!", ironically) but considering how much the parts had been moved around, I think they did pretty well. And Seasons Of Love...aah.

We drove back up on Sunday, and - possibly the highlight of the entire weekend, judging by how excited I was about it - motorway service stations now have M&S Food shops! Life, in fact, is good.

One of my mates is going to see Avenue Q this week. He doesn't even like musicals. Bah. I must go back down soon to see more.

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moonhot97
Nov. 7th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
I must go back down soon to see more.

Are you tempted to check out Desperately Seeking Susan? It's based on the music of Blondie, which means it must be worth watching, and I'm curious as to whether or not it's based on the film with Madonna - not that I've seen the film...
pickwick
Nov. 7th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
I saw a poster for it, and was quite intrigued, because I also wondered whether it was based on the Madonna film! Which I have seen, but not for many years. But a Blondie musical could be quite fun, I think, though I've mostly avoided the ones based on pop acts.
san_valentine
Nov. 8th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
I'm seriously impressed that you got from glasgow to London in four and a half hours. I think it took me about 7 hours to get from Sheffield to Glasgow (though I suspect it's a much less direct route). Sheffield to London is about 3 hours.

Which Star Wars system do you play ? My group sticks to the first/second ed rules, using D6.

And on yet another topic, have you seen 'The Producers' ? I saw it last year, and it was a hoot. I really enjoyed it. There's a musical of 'Young Frankenstein' just about opening in New York, which could be good too.

I'd rather like to go see 'Hairspray'. I enjoyed the original movie, though I haven't seen it in years.
pickwick
Nov. 13th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
Ooh, I'd missed this comment completely, just noticed it when I checked my Inbox thing. Which I should check more often.

And heh, Producers. Did you see it in London? I saw it tonight, and it was wonderful.

I think we were playing second ed SW - definitely involved an enormous pile of D6s!
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