The 2012 tour to the Jardin Shakespeare with A Midsummer Night's Dream.
(Pictures of the show itself are here.)
2012 marked our 21st expedition to Paris and the second time we had presented A Midsummer Night's Dream
in the open-air
theatre in the Bois de Boulogne.
This year we again broke records with over 2000 people seeing the show. An enthusistic and talented cast gave cracking performances - and were given great support by the crew and FOH teams. The weather was generally grey and miserable, with one performance touch-and-go because of a heavy downpour shortly before curtain-up. But the week ended on a glorious summer day with a capacity crowd for the final performance.
As usual, the Company was not slow in seeking out the attactions of Paris, soaking up the atmosphere, sights, bars and restaurants, with a bit of sightseeing thrown in.
The path from the bus to the theatre
First rehearsal on stage : the most photographed moment of the show!
Megan teaches the dance to the Paris fairies
Danger - gazebo construction in progress!
Penny and Laurence editing the subtitles
Scary male fairies make their entrance
The Curtain Call is set
Box Office is set up ready to go ...
... and the theatre awaits the first audience
The 'dressing room' was the tunnel behind the stage ...
... which also had the props table
The Lion applies his make-up
The Q & A session after the first performance
And then time for a game of cards before the evening show
Or maybe a walk to the Bagatelle to see the peacocks (and to have the most expensive cup of tea in Paris)
It's not really raining; just dripping off the trees
Sorry, we were wrong, it really is raining!
On a brighter day, back into Paris on the bus ...
... and the Metro
And time for a good meal
And then some dancing
Some free time to look at the well-known sights
A typical Paris street scene
Some lesser known parts of the city
And some almost totally hidden
A trip to Paris wouldn't be the same without a demonstration - this one against control of the Internet
Off to another bar to support England
The last performance - a packed house
The whole Company on stage
Celebrating the end of the run
The Director gives his verdict on the production
The last night meal
A happy (and relieved) Tour Manager
And back to St Pancras