Written by Oliver Goldsmith
(14th April 2012 – National Theatre, London)
The National Theatre is very popular and usually sold out so I was very lucky to get this ticket at the last minute.
The play is set, I believe, in the 18th century and involves humorous misunderstandings and mischief. The father is hoping that by introducing his daughter to his friend’s son, marriage will follow. However, his prospective son-in-law believes he is in an innkeeper and his daughter, a barmaid, with hilarious consequences.
In addition to an extremely strong cast, I was also impressed by the set design, particularly the trees and lighting. The whole experience was funny and entertaining, and the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
There is something very special about the National Theatre. It’s situated on London’s South Bank overlooking the Thames and with fantastic views of London. The building is contradictory – an ugly concrete mass with a simultaneous beautiful charm. There’s a lovely feel to the cafe/bar/seating area, which is comfortable and relaxed yet buzzing and energising. There are often musicians or singers performing on the small stage area and it’s a great place to meet up and hang out. I like to arrive early and enjoy a coffee whilst soaking up the atmosphere. On Saturday, however, it was very busy and the queue was rather long so I had to get a glass of wine from the bar instead. What a shame!