Saturday 29 May 2010

Our Day in Stratford

I have never gone to Stratford with Teena and not had a fabulous time.

It is something I look forward to from the time we choose our plays and buy our tickets in January. The day never disappoints.

We always take the train down, see an afternoon play, walk the lake, go for dinner at a pub, and ultimately end up on the patio at the Dominion House across from the train station. It is a fun day.

Today we headed down to see the musical Kiss Me Kate, "As backstage bickering between the co-stars of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew threatens to sabotage opening night, along come a couple of gangsters with a gambling debt to collect. The result is hilarity on and off the stage – all punctuated by Cole Porter’s unforgettable melodies and wickedly witty lyrics."

The play was fabulous. It was fast paced, lively and very funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I do agree with Teena's opinion that Chilina Kennedy as Lois Lane stole the show along with the two gangsters played by Steve Ross and Cliff Saunders. "Brush Up Your Shakespeare' sang by the two is still playing in my head.

Afterward we walked the lake as usual. It was warm and bright, with lots of swans and ducks around. I always enjoy that walk. It is very peaceful.

Then it was to the patio at The Boars Head, a regular stop of ours for supper. We then went to Molly Blooms a place we had been to 5 years ago but did not like. We wanted to see if it had changed and it had. It had changed for the better. Now owned by Rob, who we met and talked to for awhile, and his wife, the place has turned around into a friendly spot with great service. Janet looked after us well. We promised that on our next trip to Stratford we would be eating there.

Finally and sadly it was to the patio at the Dominion House. As usual, we met some nice people there had time for a couple of drinks before taking the train home.

All in all another fabulous day in Stratford.

The lake

A nice place for a picnic lunch. Great idea! We have to do that one trip.

Lots of swans

On the patio at the Dominion House

The end of the day at the Stratford train station

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