Saturday, 7 May 2011

"Camelot", Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, ON

Instead of buying each other presents for Christmas, Gord and I buy tickets for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. We've been doing this since 2005.

Today we had tickets to see Camelot at the Festival Theatre.

In the realm of Camelot, King Arthur has created a utopian land of chivalry and civil rule. But when his beloved Queen Guenevere and Sir Lancelot, his most trusted knight, succumb to their passion for one another, he faces a terrible dilemma that will rock his kingdom to its very foundation.

A gorgeous musical score gilds a legendary tale of idealism, passion and betrayal.

Stratford is a couple hours away. We've always taken the VIA train. We catch the 10:55am train which gets us there at 1:20pm (in time for a 2pm play). Then we catch the 9:10pm train and get back to Toronto at 11:30pm. It's nice to relax and let someone else do the driving.

Here's Gord outside the train station. The musical was at the Festival Theatre which is too far to walk to get there on time.

Here's the Festival Theatre.

Here are Gord and I ...

Here's Will in his garden.

The announcement that the musical is about to begin ...

The musical is funny and whimsical in the beginning ... King Arthur is portrayed as a bit unintelligent, Guenevere as wanting adventure rather than having to marry Arthur, Lancelot as confident but naive and pure. As the story progressed, it became more serious and tragic.

I enjoyed it and would recommend it. It's long, clocking in at three hours.

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