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A Les Miserables Day.

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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.
One of numerous staircases in Hampton Court Palace.

One of numerous staircases in Hampton Court Palace.

The manicured gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

The manicured gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

Hampton Court Palace - taken from the gardens at the rear.

Hampton Court Palace - taken from the gardens at the rear.

Opulent gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

Opulent gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

Huge hearth in the main kitchen of Hampton Court Palace.

Huge hearth in the main kitchen of Hampton Court Palace.

Could that be Henry VIII on the right?  A very interactive experience.

Could that be Henry VIII on the right? A very interactive experience.

One of the interior courtyards within the Palace. Beautifully tended lawns.

One of the interior courtyards within the Palace. Beautifully tended lawns.

Famous portrait of Henry VIII. Hampton Court Palace was his home for decades.

Famous portrait of Henry VIII. Hampton Court Palace was his home for decades.

A beautiful tapestry - Henry VIII owned more than 2,000 tapestries. Too much wealth.

A beautiful tapestry - Henry VIII owned more than 2,000 tapestries. Too much wealth.

The majestic ceiling in the Great Room - designed by Cardinal Wolsey.

The majestic ceiling in the Great Room - designed by Cardinal Wolsey.

A selfie - outside the entrance to Hampton Court Palace.

A selfie - outside the entrance to Hampton Court Palace.

Hampton Court Palace.

Hampton Court Palace.

The main courtyard in Hampton Court Palace.

The main courtyard in Hampton Court Palace.

Red and Anne at the performance of Les Miserables - in it's 28th year.

Red and Anne at the performance of Les Miserables - in it's 28th year.

Les Miserables - Queen's Theatre, West End, London.

Les Miserables - Queen's Theatre, West End, London.

Posted by Gibbo54 12:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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