It had been 476 days since I last set foot in a West End Theater. And now I know a lot of you are thinking, “and?I’ve been to the theaters once ever in my life.” Or maybe some of you are thinking good, I hate the theater. And honestly, to each his own. but I LOVE the theater and I have since I was a little kid. I love musicals and plays and ballets and the opera. I love it all. And I’m super blessed with a partner who loves it (or at least tolerates it) as much as I do.
Upon moving to England and learning the West End is an easy day trip away, we began heading to the theaters about once a month. We’ve seen Hamilton, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Lion King, The Woman in Black, and on and on. But last year when the Virus Which Shall Not Be Named hit and virtually shut down the world, we obviously stopped going to the theaters. Last summer there were murmurs of them returning and to be honest I am not sure if they did for a short time because I was too busy rushing off the island to see all I could like a greedy child told they can have whatever they can grab in five minutes at the dessert buffet.
So it went, 68 weeks without theater. Without the buzz of the audience, the excitement, the cocktails, the dressing up. The laughter, the tears, the joy. We went without all that. Until! This weekend!
We headed down to Brands Hatch on Saturday to spend the day at the American Speedfest watching fast cars go vroom. (I definitely enjoyed it more than I thought I would.) And as a thank you, Tim and his coworker surprised us wives with a delicious Italian dinner (it’s added to the London Fernweh Foodies page here), and tickets to see “The Play that Goes Wrong.” When told we both let out a little squeal of joy. The theater it is going to be amazing!
And it was! It was just as before but with small modifications, like a seat between your party and the next (hello, thank you elbow room!), an ability or order cocktails from an app so you don’t have to stand in line at the bar (again, genius!) and of course we had to wear masks (which was tough when we laughed so much, but honestly, not that big of a deal just to be back again).
At the end of the play the lead actor, with tears in his eyes, thanked us all for coming back to the theater, for supporting them all. I won’t lie, I cried when he thanked us too because I’m so ready for life to be back to normal. I felt so safe, I felt so happy and honestly, just normal. It was so great. He asked us to tell our friends theater is back and it’s safe again! So that’s what I’m doing. It’s time to return to the theater. It’s time to support our artists who were some of the worst hit career-wise in this pandemic. It’s time to watch them do what they love. The Show Must Go On!