A Les Miserables Day.
15.05.2013 - 15.05.2013 12 °C
We had a slow start to the day today - we needed to have a bit of a sleep in. At around 11am we made our way by bus and train to Hampton Court Palace - which is a half hour train trip out of the centre of London.
The weather today is COLD - around 12 degrees. But at least it's not raining.
The Palace and Gardens are very impressive - awe inspiring actually. The whole operation is very cleverly run with a good Audio Tour facility and staff who know their history. There are people in costume who speak in character the whole time, which makes for a very interactive experience.
We spent about 3 hours here, exploring the different courts and rooms - such opulence. Henry VIII lived here - the antics that they got up to!
By the time that we made it home by above rail, Underground and Bus - we had about 10 minutes to get changed and leave again for the West End and Les Miserables. We ran right out of time, grabbed a quick sandwich for tea and found our way to the Queen's Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue - West End - with about 10 minutes to spare.
Les Mis is in it's 28th year at the West End. It was a beautiful performance - spine tingling. One of the main characters in the production is Jamie Ward - he plays Marius. He is from Perth and trained at WAAPA.
The performance went from 7.30pm to 10.30pm with a 15 minute interval. Our tickets cost us £43 each - unbelieveably brilliant value. What a night. We're going to have to get the CD.
We walked through the West End with hundreds of others - of all ages. A Wednesday night at 11pm - so much happening, police everywhere - it was good to get home.