The first week of October, we made it to the West End not once, but twice in a week. We took E to see her first real (professional) play, The Gruffalo, which is playing at the Lyric Theatre. We have read her the book a hundred times, and we thought this would be something really fun to do with her. The Gruffalo is really big here, much more popular than in the U.S. The author has written a bunch of other children’s books, too, which I didn’t even know till I moved here.
Two nights before the show, I got worried, because she woke up from a nightmare saying the Gruffalo was going to eat her. Uh-oh. But fortunately, they did a really good job of making him not seem too scary. We also purposely chose seats up in the Dress Circle in case he came off the stage and into the audience, which he did. The show was only an hour, so it was a good length for her age and attention span.
Then a few days later, M and I had a date night and went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. It was a great production, and we both enjoyed it a lot. Especially the way they do the Oompa-Loompas—so imaginative! It’s coming to Broadway next year, so see it if you can! I was expecting all the same songs from the Gene Wilder classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie, but they were all new except for Pure Imagination.
Since May, we have seen Jersey Boys, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and now these two shows on the West End. Plus Noel Coward’s Present Laughter at the Theatre Royal in Bath, which I openly admit I only wanted to see because it had two actresses from Downton Abbey in it (Mrs. Hughes and Lavinia). I’m glad M enjoys going to the theatre with me, I hope we have many more productions in our future while we live here!