“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
Just a few days after enjoying a brilliant performance of the musical “Bugsy Malone” put on stage by our talented Year 7 & 8 pupils, we set off for London to watch “As You Like It” at The Globe Theatre.
Accompanied by Mary Alderson, Paul Borrows and our lovely Australian gappers, Finn Harrison and Tom Howard, we discovered the delights of Covent Garden and took a stroll down towards the Strand to lunch at “The Real Greek” restaurant on Bankside before our trip to the theatre.
For many of our Year 8 pupils, this was their first experience of seeing a Shakespeare play at The Globe. Like the original Globe, the modern theatre has a stage that projects into a large circular yard surrounded by three tiers of covered seating. There is also an area directly in front of the stage which is completely open air; we were lucky enough to have seats in the tiered areas as there were a few rain showers!
“As You Like It” is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies in which the heroine, Rosalind, falls in love with Orlando but is banished from court by her uncle, Duke Frederick. Disguised as a boy called Ganymede, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave court and enter the Forest of Arden. Orlando is also banished to the forest, where he meets the disguised Rosalind. His brother Oliver falls in love with Celia and eventually Orlando discovers Ganymede’s true identity.
The Year 8s were on good form for this trip and, despite the early start and a packed schedule, seemed to enjoy themselves, with record numbers choosing to board at Vinehall that night so that they could spend as much time as possible with their friends.