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Les Misérables – The Musical

 I was having a discussion with a friend this morning, who is very excited about the Christmas release of the movie Les Misérables.  I do believe that this is her favorite show so I decided to have a closer look.

I am going to London again in December so I looked for tickets.  They are certainly not cheap, most are priced at £45 or £65, but I managed to buy an unrestricted £35 ticket on the first row of the Upper Circle.  I know it will not be the best seat in the house and most likely to be high up, but, this will be my first trip to a West End Musical and I did not wish to spend a huge amount of money on something I may not enjoy.

So now I have 3 “arty” events booked for December, 2 ballets at the Royal Opera House and now a Musical in the West End.  I have still enough time to go back to visit the National Gallery so I shall not be booking any further shows etc.
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Apologies & Catch-up

Sorry, sorry, sorry.

I have been so busy recently travelling around watching tennis that my “art & film” hobbies have taken a bit of a back seat.

Fear not though, I have been watching films via Lovefilm and booked myself a few little trips (see my next post).

A selection of films I have watched:

Dr Strangelove – Sellers at his best
The Long Goodbye – Monica & Ross’ Dad gives a great performance
The Seventh Seal – Not easy to describe
Last Tango In Paris – Very interesting use of butter
The Sorrow & The Pity – Real documentary of wartime France
Flatliners – Would you?
The Mummy (1932) – This is what happens when you don’t do as you are told!
The Crimson Rivers – Good film
Life Is Beautiful – A film of Fatherly love to the limit
Annie Hall – A must-see
Platoon – Hard hitting film
The Apartment – How to get on the right side of the boss
The Odd Couple – How not to share an apartment
Metropolis – A film ahead of its time
Deliverance – Fantastic film that you must watch
Kiki’s Delivery Service – A heart warming film for all ages
Jean De Florette & Manon Des Sources – Greed always has a price
Houseboat – What a great way to live
Cape Fear – Bloody hell Gergory, just shoot him already!
Raging Bull – De Niro as a prize fighter
12 Angry Men – Wonderful film
The 400 Blows – Sometimes all they need is a little attention
Fistful Of Dollars – Hello Mr Man With No Name
Copycat – How easy is it to copy a killer
Witness For The Prosecution – Great film with a twist
The Son’s Room – Very moving film
Repo Man – Very 80’s
Au Revoir Les Enfants – Another very moving film
A Few Dollars More – Clint is back for more action
Days Of Wine & Roses – Epic tale of excess
Dogville – Very strange set
Pom Poko – Don’t mess with the racoons
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt – Keep copies of everything

I have also made a few trips to theatre etc.

I went to London in April and paid a visit to The Royal Opera House where I watched 3 short ballets (Polyphonia / Sweet Violets / Carbon Life) I enjoyed the first, the second was pretty decent too, the third was forgetable as well as painful on my eardrums.

Back home in Preston I went to the local Odeon to watch Rigoletto relayed live from the ROH. Excellent opera with great performances from all involved.

I subscribe to a service called SeeFilmFirst and every now and then I receive free offers to concerts or shows. I was offered a ticket to the Opera House in Manchester to watch a Musical called Vampirette. I had nothing better to do on the Saturday afternoon so I went along. What a riot! Great music and songs as well as story (based on the Addams family) They had the whole audience up dancing at the end.

Brass Festival at Bridgewater Hall was a whole day long event I attended. Whilst it was good I had seen a few of the bands before but at least it helped me decide who I like.

La Fille mai Gardee was another show watched at the cinema. This was a very colourful affair with a funny storyline. How they never got tangles up during the Maypole dance I’ll never know.

Jools Holland came to Preston in May so I dragged my partner along for a night of live music. Jools and the band did not disappoint playing their jazzy music that had people dancing in their seats.

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