As I battled against the wind whilst crossing the river I saw the Shard disappearing in mist and the Globe there nestled on the south bank in close proximity to Tate Modern.
Spring seemed to have taken a break .
I was keen to reach my seat in The Globe for the performance of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice,with Jonathan Pryce playing the role of Shylock.
As always it was full to the rafters and as it is open to the elements,unlike the Sam Wanamaker playhouse next door which is cozy and warm ,I am certain that we were all willing the sun to appear.
Happily I had a good seat undercover, as my days of standing for 3 hours possibly in the rain, have now passed.
It was naturally a magnificent performance by all of the actors and the scenery was completely life like and of course I enjoyed immensely the costumes ,featuring Venetian silks in exquisite patterns.
When the judges arrived from Padua it reminded me that I was there less than a year ago visiting the original operating theatre,what a beautiful city it is .
There were many groups of school children there too,how wonderful to be able to see and hear Shakespeare in such amazing surroundings.
Recently I learned that Shakespeare first performed as an actor in 'The Theatre ' which was built by James Burbage in 1576 in Shoreditch and this is where his career as a dramatist began.Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet being performed in this theatre.
Further reading of 'Spitalfields life 'by The Gentle Author will give you an amazing picture of the history of this ancient and Roman part of London.
I was at a Meeting last week in the local church of St Leonard's to hear Dan Cruikshank talk about the Save Norton Folgate campaign ,an area of London between Shoreditch and Spitalfields which
British Land are attempting to turn into MORE office blocks and forever lose an important part of London .
I digress !
The play was superb as always and my mind was flitting between the stage and the Rialto in Venice.i was lucky enough to be able to visit Venice several times each year when I lived in Italy and the fish market beneath the Rialto is a sight to see- it's wonderful.
Floating under The Rialto bridge in some form of boat is equally exciting and leads onto the many side canals and areas to enjoy and investigate. It never ceases to excite me finding quiet spots and unknown alleyways ever since my first visit at the age of 17.
If you have the opportunity to visit the Globe I urge you to make a reservation well in advance as the seats sell out very quickly,it's a really fabulous way to see Shakespeare as the locals did in the 16th century.
And now I'm remembering the 2013 Biennale ,it was
I will be there at the end of May