Les Miserables has really been the show of last year. It has been playing across 44 countries and 22 different languages around the world. It is still going strong in London 4 months after its release, no other theater show has been able to match its popularity.
It is a story set in the backdrop of 19th century in France. The best part is the story which has many emotional strings. It has love,passion, sacrifice and broken dreams.
There was a movie of the same name released in 2012, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. It was also good but nowhere near to the theatrical version. I watched the second Act accidently when my friend invited me over after Christmas. The three hour drama was not only a visual spectacle but enthralling. It was an experience which made me go to watch it again and again. You would not believe if I told you that I have watched it 15 times since then, and once back to back three shows. You have to experience it to know why it is so popular.Read More
Well hello to all, it so nice to be finally back to my blogging. Last month I was so tired after all the travelling I let a friend of mine ghost write – did you enjoy the info on ‘The Bard’? My friend is now actually planning to start his own blog, maybe I can guest on his…interesting thought.
It has been non stop since we got back from Australia – what a fabulous time, wonderful people so interesting and cultured, almost didn’t want to come back but summer in Autumn just does not appeal to me. I am such an Anglophile although I don’t think I can quite match up to the 25 points in this article my friend sent me – don’t want a hat like Kate’s LOL. I am proud to be British and not afraid of showing it.
I was reading another article about haunted theatres around the world – very interesting, I would love to visit a few of them especially the Palais Garnier. I have actually been to a couple of them over the years particularly the ones in New York but never to the one in France – yet it is the nearest, life can be strange. This is the magnificent theatre that has parallels with Phantom,well the Gastón Leroux’s 1910 novel. All sorts of stories about the lake underneath, apparently a giant water tank and a chandelier actually did fall and kill a construction worker, gruesome.
Another theatre mentioned in the article is Drury Lane. There has been a theatre there since 1663 and the current building since 1812. The ghost has been seen by many occupying the upper box wearing his tricorn hat has been seen by many including yours truly. Yes I did and the Man in Grey was just there, I was on the stage on my own early one evening, it wasn’t spooky or scary I wouldn’t have been surprised if he hadn’t doffed his hat to me. I bet many actors and workers in that theatre have some splendid tales to tell. If you do or know of any other incidents at theatres around the country please let me know. I would love to include some in my book.Read More
It is well known that Shakespeare rose to fame due to his plays. In fact he was a theatre artist who turned into a writer. Did he? Well there are many rumors about the Shakespeare being a fictitious man. The writer was different from the playwright. One of the various theories is that the Earl of Oxford wrote the plays and handed it over to the playwright.
Now the question is why did Earl of Oxford do so? Well friends there are many things that give rise to this rumors. They are real and some of them are:
- Hidden Identity – No Official photograph of Shakespeare is available, and only two paintings are there. This means that there is very little evidence about his appearance. It might be created and actually a fictitious one.
- No Schooling – There is another fact that Shakespeare never went to school or there is no documentary evidence about the same. Now a person who did not attend school is not likely to dish out plays with polished writing. Isn’t it?
- Freud’s remarks – Sigmund Freud the famous psychologist was very much influenced by Hamlet one of the famous plays of Shakespeare. He says that anyone who wrote them had aristocratic lineage and knowledge about various languages. This does not fit into Shakespeare who was an actor and only knew English.
- Difference in writings – The early works of Shakespeare are quite different from the famous and the last ones he supposedly wrote. This lends much more to the rumors.
Actually speaking when we closely read various plays it seems that not one but many writers wrote these plays. So what is the truth? No one will ever know. If you want to have more insights about this controversy surrounding the biggest literary genius , keep on reading this blog and do watch “Anonymous”. There is more to come…