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September 2022

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Of course, since we were in e Bard's neck of the woods, we wanted to see one of his works and opted for Much Ado About Nothing at the National eatre. It was a great production, and I was surprised to recognize the actor who played Beatrice, the female lead, from her role as the receptionist in Doc Martin, a British comedy/drama television series. e next day, we relished the guided tour at Shakespeare's Globe. e reconstruction of the theater where his plays were performed is located about 750 feet from the original theater. Plays are staged as they would have been by e Bard — open-air, under a thatched roof, and without artificial lighting. ere's also an area for audience members to stand in front of the stage as they did in the Elizabethan era. e project, on the south bank of the ames, was spearheaded by late American actor Sam Wanamaker and opened in 1997. At the end of our London stay, my daughter and I agreed that our time at Shakespeare's Globe was the highlight of the trip. Book well ahead for tickets to tour or to attend a performance. of the best place, but some of the most popular are e Harrods Tea Rooms, as well as these hotels: e Goring, e Dorchester, e Savoy, e Cadogan, and e Ritz. Regardless of where you go, expect to be offered scones with clotted cream and jam, delicate finger sandwiches, and a variety of fancy little cakes. In addition to tea, there are other beverage choices for the younger set. Tea at e Cadogan remains our granddaughter's favorite memory from the trip. e Play's e ing We all enjoy the theater, so prior to our trip we poured over the options. I couldn't resist e Mousetrap, the world's longest running play. e Agatha Christie murder mystery opened in London's West End in 1952 and ran continuously until March 2020, when stage performances were temporarily suspended because of you-know-what. It re-opened in May 2021. We all thought the play was great and two of us were very happy to learn that it's traditional in London to indulge in ice cream during the interval. >> ranchandcoast.com @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2022 95 BELOW Iconic red phone boxes can still be found throughout London. TOP RIGHT Afternoon tea at The Goring is a royal treat. BOTTOM RIGHT Kayaking on the River Thames is fun for the whole family

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