I recognize that our times of gathering as a family of 6 are going to be harder to come by. For now, there's an assumption that summers and winter holidays are ours, but how long will this last? For this trip we flew in from Germany, Becca from Savannah, and Katherine from DC.
In January of 2017 Ian was online purchasing "Hamilton" tickets through the lottery. March 2018 finally arrived and we gathered in London. Suffice to say that if you have the opportunity to see "Hamilton," please do.
There is not a single thing I can critique in Lin-Manuel Miranda's show. It is remarkable from first note to last. I can critique the production we saw - I felt like there was intensity lacking in some performances (especially in the first act), Aaron Burr and Angelica Schuyler were awesome, the actor who played Lafayette played a better Jefferson, Eliza was never happy. But of course YMMV depending on which production you see... I'd like to get tickets someday to the one in NY and compare.
The next night we saw Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" at the Bridge Theater. For me, it was a completely unique experience as far as shows go. Where "Hamilton" was awesome for its simple existence, "Julius Caesar" was awesome for its retelling and the actors - Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark, GoT), Ben Whishaw (Q, Bond), and David Morrissey (the Governor, Walking Dead). I'd never read the play and the language is still a earful, but it was enthralling.
Between our shows we took in London. The Faraday & Daley exhibit at the Royal Institution. Walked along the Thames embankment during low tide looking for treasures. A drawing evening at the National Portrait Gallery. Three escape rooms! Found one of the Four Winters ice cream shops. Ate fish & chips and steak & ale pie at pubs. Wandered through Covent Garden. Revisited platform 9 3/4. London cooperated with great weather for walking and oyster cards made using the underground super easy.
Our flat was in Chelsea. A basement apartment, it needs some serious updating, but it was comfortable and fit all of us, which is a feat.
I love that we can do this kind of thing. I know not everyone can and we're lucky. I hope these are memories my kids will recall for years to come.