Now then, if you have had the wisdom and foresight to opt for AS English Literature in September, there are a few things you might like to know.
The first is that we will be studying some PLAYS, until Christmas (ish), and in particular, funny ones, A.K.A. comedies.
With this in mind, I thought you might like to take advantage of this culturally-rich melting-pot of a city we call ‘home’ and go and see one. This will give you something interesting to think about, and perhaps even say, in class. And also it’s just an excellent idea.
Thus. My recommendations for comedies showing in London between now and December:
The Globe Theatre, Bankside http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/ is showing The Taming of the Shrew until 13th October. I will certainly be going to see this, and I suggest you do the same. It’s a great introduction to some of the conventions of Shakespearean comedy.
The Comedy of Errors is also on, although unfortunately not in London. However, if you decided to spend the day in Stratford-upon-Avon, you could go and find out lots of things about Shakespeare before the play starts. Or you could just go shopping. http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/stratford/
Sticking to Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: http://openairtheatre.com/?stay Mr Hegarty went to see this and said it was brilliant. It’s only on until 5th September, so go now. Take a sleeping bag.
If you manage to get hold of tickets for Twelfth Night, which is most unlikely, you simply must go. It’s sold out of course, because it’s going to be BRILLIANT. If for some reason you can’t go, then please give them to me. Please.
Richmond Theatre is showing a few comedies, namely Hysteria, by Terry Johnson (until 25th August), Haunting Julia by Alan Ayckbourn (until 29th Sept), and Relatively Speaking, also Ayckbourn (until 6th October). http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre/
The ‘other’ theatre in Richmond, The Orange Tree is showing Ibsen’s Love’s Comedy until 15th December, and a little further along the Thames, The Rose Theatre, Kingston have got Pinero’s The Second Mrs Tanqueray on until 27th October.
Finally, you might enjoy Stanley Houghton’s play Hindle Wakes which is on at the Finborough Theatre until 29th September.
Keep checking here for your Wider Reading list, which I’ll post at some point this week.
That is all.