“The appearance of a stranger in a country church draws as many gazers as a blazing star.”

The exterior of the National Theatre building in the East End.
The exterior of the National Theatre building.
The Houses of Parliament with Big Ben on this rainy day while I walked across the Thames on the Embankment Bridge.
The Houses of Parliament with Big Ben on this rainy day while I walked across the Thames on the Embankment Bridge on the way to the theatre.

Last week, we had a class outing to the National Theatre to see Beaux’ Stratagem, a fun farce set in 18th century England. The two beaux in question are two impoverished noblemen who seek to marry rich women to refresh their coffers, so they can return to London and party more. And of course, hilarity ensues. The play is not just set in the 18th century – indeed, the first show was staged in 1707.

The front image for the play matches the topsy-turvy nature of the production.
The front image for the play matches the topsy-turvy nature of the production.

The set was cleverly dressed to serve as both the roadside inn and a fine estate home, with a few minor alterations with each scene. The parts were well-acted, and the comedy works in the 21st century as well as it must have in the 18th.

I snapped a few shots of the London skyline from the theatre’s balcony during the Interval as well.

Title quote: George Farquhar, The Beaux’ Stratagem

St. Paul's from the balcony of the National Theatre.
St. Paul’s from the balcony of the National Theatre.
The London Eye from the National Theatre balcony
The London Eye from the National Theatre balcony

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