So, last weekend JB and I hopped on the Eurostar and spent 4 days in the UK. (Boy does it feel much longer than just 7 days ago!) My iPhone had informed me there would be rain most of the weekend (which entitled JB to proclaim "Rain in England, what a surprise!!" whenever he fancied.)
|so much cheesecake to choose from!|
|This is where Bridget lived!|
After a nice sleep, we headed to Camden for the day! And the sun was shining! We met Ryan outside the Tube station (who pretended not to know me as i did a slow run, Chariots of Fire style, to greet him!), made it slowly up the High Street (there were so many people) and then spent the day strolling around the market. There was lots of food involved (of course), JB, Ryan and my sis even had some deep-fried Oreos and Rolos (!!) whilst I went for a (long overdue) catch up coffee with Katya and Mar (vanilla latte in Starbucks, oh yes). Once again, this is a market worth checking out. If I lived in London, of course I would most likely not be going there every weekend, but the amount of food at the market, as well as the unique style of it and all the stuff on sale, makes a great day out either alone or with friends. We had a sit down and a beer in the sun towards early evening, then headed to Leicester Square to see Singin' in the Rain at the Palace Theatre.
|having a Corona in the sun|
|spotted at Camden, evokes childhood|
|Jubilee bunting in Chinatown|
Now, the musical had a lot to live up to, and that is putting it mildly folks. The film, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, is simply one of the best films of all time for my sister and I. So I was super excited, but also nervous. Ryan and JB had never seen the movie and JB had not been won over by my earlier (and rubbish) attempt to summarise the plot to him whilst we were in Camden…! From the opening chorus number however, I knew everything was going to be absolutely a-ok! The colour, the costumes, the accents, the good looks, the music, the dance choreography and the singing voices. Wow wow wow, it was all there! The first act finishes with the "Singin' in the Rain" sequence, which I really enjoyed. It was not Gene Kelly, but they did not mess about with the rain - there was a lot of water, and Adam Cooper as Don Lockwood had a great time splashing around and hanging off lampposts. (I don't blame him, there were moments throughout the musical when I wanted to jack it all in and retrain as a musical theatre singer and dancer!) Amazing amazing amazing. The cast was so talented (a stand-out for me was the actress playing Lena Lamont, she brought the house down with her squeaky high-pitched voice, and perfect comic timing!), the Broadway musical scene (which I never particularly enjoyed in the film because I don't think I ever "got it") was just dazzling, and it was all in all rather an overwhelming moment for me! The final number was so happy it was infectious, but my eyes did water a little as I knew it was all coming to an end...I guess because the film and its music is something I associate strongly with childhood, emotions were high and it just all got a bit too much. If you can, I would recommend you go see it. Even if you are not a die hard fan of the film like my sister and I! You'll have a great time and come away happy, with a smile on your face, to steal a line from the song itself!