As the thundering rock music summoned the actors to the stage, my eyes prepared for the performance. On stage, stone barracks and wire fencing created a military base. A flash of lights and a drunken clamor from the stage was all it took to hook me in. I was ready to watch the modern version of Shakespeare's "Othello."

Sitting in the National Theatre of London watching "Othello" was an incredible experience. The actors were phenomenal. Iago, the jealous schemer who betrays Othello, stole the show. He made me love and hate him at the same time. He added comedy to his deeply demented character and had me on the edge of my seat.

Watching men and women in military uniforms speak in Shakespearian English was a little strange at first, but as the play progressed and the plot thickened I couldn't take my eyes off the stage.

Theatre holds a special place in my heart. All throughout high school I participated in One Act Plays and fall musicals. I know there is nothing like the feeling of being on stage where the heat of the lights mix with your adrenaline and motivate you. Watching "Othello" made me miss theatre and brought back great memories: losing a prop, forgetting a line, improvising a scene and bonding with the cast and director.

Today, theatre consumed my day. Earlier this morning I went with a few students from the Literary London class to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Southwark Cathedral.

The Globe was incredible. Just knowing that it was built completely by hand as a replica of the original theatre built by Shakespeare was mind-blowing. The original theatre was built in 1599 and burned down 13 years after operation without any deaths surprisingly. Before our tour of the Globe, we walked around the museum learning about Shakespeare's history, theatre and how the Globe was built. One exhibit showed the Shakespearean costumes which were extravagant and beautiful.

Our tour began at 10 a.m. and we had a hilarious guide. As we sat on the oak benches inside the theatre, we learned about the stage and audience in Shakespeare's time. Thousands of people used to stand in front of the stage and were called "groundlings" or "stinkards." People only bathed twice a year so imagine a pit of 1,000 dirty, sweaty, drunk men and women standing together for two hours- not a pretty sight. Plus the Globe didn't have any bathrooms back then, so people would relieve themselves where they stood. Thankfully, the modern version of the theatre has bathrooms and electricity.

After touring the Globe, we headed to Southwark Cathedral, the church Shakespeare attended.

One thing that was interesting about the cathedral was we had to pay two pounds to get a photo permit. Inside, we saw a memorial to Shakespeare below a beautiful stained glass window that had pictures of different characters from Shakespeare's plays. Southwark Cathedral is the smallest of the cathedrals I toured while in London, but it was still very captivating.

For lunch, I bought a delicious chicken pie from Borough Market. It tasted just like the pie I had in Bath so I was really excited. We all had a picnic outside of Southwark Cathedral and yes, I felt like a local.

We had a few hours until we needed to get ready for the National Theatre, so we went back to the dorm to get some work done.

By 5:30 p.m. we were all dolled up and ready to go watch "Othello." At the Southbank, I walked around with Jennifer and Lauren to find some ice cream because we had already had dinner. Southbank is such a vibrant place with a skate park, sand box, street performers, restaurants and more. It reminded me of Austin. We found an ice cream van by the river to satisfy our sugar craving. It was awesome just standing by the Thames River eating ice cream and watching people come and go.

Next, we found ourselves settling into our seats in the National Theatre. It was hilarious because we were sitting on the second level and Dr. Guidry walked the wrong way and was on the bottom floor. The thing was you couldn't get to our seats from where he was without having to walk back through the theatre and up the stairs. So naturally he decided to just hop the railing and climb over the seats to get to us. We were all joking around with him acting like we didn't know him. Thankfully, no one else saw him!

The next two hours I was lost in a military base where honesty was a fallacy and deception ruled. "Othello" ended with a standing ovation. As I applauded the actors, I remembered what it felt like during curtain calls and was overwhelmed with memories. Theatre has a way of moving people and today was a great walk down memory lane. 
 


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