English and Music theatre visits

Posted: 25th March 2022

‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘Les Misérables’.

There were two visits into London this week for the Senior pupils.  Lower IV saw a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ on Tuesday 22nd March and GCSE and A Level music students ventured out to see ‘Les Misérables’ on Wednesday 23rd March.

Mr Elder, Head of English, reports on the visit to Shakespeare’s tale of self interest vs. love, ‘This week the English Department ran a trip for some lucky Lower IV students who went to see a production of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Sam Wannamaker Theatre at the Globe in Southwark. The year group has studied the play this year and enjoyed seeing the production in such an atmospheric venue. The production enriched the students’ understanding of the play, and made them think carefully about how to interpret the text, because the final act of Shakespeare’s work was deliberately cut from the production. It was a wonderful day, with lots of lovely sunshine accompanying lunch by the Thames. Our thanks to Mr Charlton of the English Department for organising and leading this very enjoyable trip.’

 

Meanwhile, Dr Higgins, Director of Music, had this to say about the memorable visit to ‘Les Misérables’. ‘The GCSE and A Level music students had a wonderful day in London to see ‘Les Misérables’ at the Sondheim Theatre.  On a sunny Spring day, we lunched by the Eros statue in Piccadilly and then experienced this wonderful musical about courage and the resilience of the human spirit.  It was a very moving performance and I could hear sniffles coming down the line of students!  At the end of the matinée the company received a standing ovation and, fittingly, there was a collection for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) appeal for Ukraine.  This was a top notch production and a wonderful experience for us all.’

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