"A wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre... touchingly and gloriously imaginative" – The Times
Whilst Shakespeare’s Globe is well-known for its performances of the Bard’s iconic work, with Artistic Director Emma Rice’s 2016 ‘Wonder Season’ delighting both locals and tourists with favourites including Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, the London theatre house’s eclectic programme also extends to more modern plays and adaptations.
As proud partners of the Globe, we were delighted to take a short stroll across Millennium Bridge from our Grange St. Paul’s Hotel yesterday evening to catch the opening night performance of Kneehigh at The Globe’s 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Many will be familiar with the 2016 novella of the same name by successful UK author Michael Morpurgo of War Horse fame, who adapted this story for the stage with Emma Rice.
Fun, heartfelt, riotous and brave, this family-friendly production tells the story of life in a small town during World War II, with a powerful narrative accompanied by unique puppetry and a soulful soundtrack. At the centre of this humorous, uplifting, music-filled performance, is an emotional tale of World War II bloodshed, based on the true story of 946 American servicemen losing their lives in a botched training exercise in Devon ahead of the D-Day landings.
Scenes of trivial classroom antics and swing dancing on tables are interspersed with those of pain, loss and warfare, as giant propellers either side of the stage are spun to simulate fighter jets flying in and explosions of light and sound cause the audience to jump with the sudden shift in tone.
This is where the performance’s imaginative use of props as a clever storytelling technique, particularly for children, comes into play. Tubs filled with water at the front of the stage are used to depict scenes of sea combat, as the actors place their toy soldier counterparts into boats and violently splash water from the tubs and set the props alight as they come under attack from enemy fire.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family break, this moving tale of war, prejudice and love successfully captivates both children and adults alike, and shares an important piece of history which was in fact hidden for many years. Visiting the Globe should be high up on everyone’s list when they travel to London and we urge you to go and experience this entertaining and thought-provoking production for yourself.
You can catch the play on stage at the Globe until 11th September 2016, before it continues its UK tour, but as always, it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment. For those of you looking for accommodation after the show, we’re delighted to offer audiences 10% off our Best Available Rate throughout the year at our nearby Grange St. Paul’s and Grange City Hotels. We’ve also got a special pre-theatre pamper package at our Ajala Spa, St. Paul’s. Click here to find out more!
And for those of you hoping to enjoy some classic Shakespeare over at the famous wooden ‘O’ before the season ends, we’re running a special competition to win two tickets to see the sold out Midnight Matinee performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday 26th August, together with an overnight stay at our 5-Star Grange St. Paul’s Hotel! Enter here using code word ‘Shakespeare’.