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On Friday morning, Kate went back to work and I set off for King's Cross with my enormous suitcase (note: the left luggage facility is ridiculously expensive). And then I went to the British Museum and basked in some treasures:
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After that, I headed to the National Theatre Archives to watch Ben in After the Dance. I have to say that it hit me the same way Frankenstein did - I wasn't very impressed with the play but thought that the performances really elevated it. Benedict's voice was deeper than I'd ever heard it, with a very plummy accent, and he commanded the stage (as his character David should - we're in his flat for the entire play) absolutely. The interview he gave was also made available to me, and that was an absolute scream, with Benedict digressing merrily and being charmingly self-deprecating and drinking tea that had gotten steadily colder and only realizing as he answered the very last question where exactly the microphone was. The staff at the Archives was very friendly and collegial, and since I was the last guest of the day, I got to stick around as they cleaned up and we chatted. Apparently, they are considering a Frankenstein DVD because of the demand, though there are legal nightmares to wade through to get there.

Then I met Kate for one last hurrah - a reading of Romantic poetry by Damian Lewis, Harriet Walter, and another actor whose name escapes me. I thought they were all merely okay with the Keats, better with the Shelley, and then absolutely rollicking when they hit Byron. It was a wonderful way to cap off my time in London. (And then I got on a train to Cambridge, where a cousin of mine lives, and spent a few days surrounded by family and then flew home.)

Really, even without Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman running around, London can be a ridiculously pretty city:
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A few Sherlock-y pictures to round things out:
Remember that "smallest police station in London" that John mentions in Kate's "The Love Song of Dr. John H. Watson"? Here it is:
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Interesting graffiti from a Moriarty-ruled dystopia?
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And one that I took because of a connection to the story I'm trying to finish for casestory (if I can't, then I'll finish it for holmes_big_bang):
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So that's it! I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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Apparently, they are considering a Frankenstein DVD because of the demand

WHAT. O.o *splutters* I'd all but given up hope! This is incredible news. Thank you for asking about the DVD. I've never wanted anything quite like I've wanted to see Frankenstein on stage, which is unfortunately impossible for me at the moment, and the next best thing would be to have it on DVD. I can just imagine the obstacles in the way of it happening, but if they're really considering it, if it really is a possibility... I have no words for how thrilled I am to hear about this.

And thank you for the delightful tour! :P I've really enjoyed reading about the fun you've had in DC and London. Next time I'm in DC, I'll remember to visit Kenwood.

Oh, of course I had to ask about the DVD! It's interesting that I got two completely different explanations of the filmed versions, too. From the girls at the info desk at the National Theatre (the ones I mentioned in part 1), I heard that this was the first time that multiple cameras had been used for a National Theatre Live recording, and that usually the single camera is static and stays in the audience to give the illusion that what the camera catches is exactly what an audience member would see. They said that Danny Boyle wanted to treat the NT Live filming as a cinematic rather than theatrical experience, hence the overhead shots, the closeups, etc. But the NT Archive people said that there are always six cameras filming any NTL event, and that while Danny Boyle was more active with his than previous directors have been, the change wasn't as great as I'd heard.

Lovely. Great effort immortalizing your journey - brava!

Definitely enjoyed the tour! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for sharing your trip! (Now I want to go back to London; it's been a few years for me.)

I want to go back to London every few years - there's so much to do and so many awesome people to visit!

Sounds like you had an absolute blast. YAY for you!

I really did - thank you, honey!

London IS a ridiculously pretty city, it's true. I'm so glad you were able to come over.

And oh man, if they made a Frankstein DVD then that would be just wonderful.

By the way, finished watching To The Ends Of The Earth a night or two after you left. *siiiiiiigh* Lovely! The ending made me 'Awwwww' SO hard, you have no idea.

Well.

Actually, you probably do...

I want that DVD in my hand by the time my birthday rolls around - there's your deadline, NT! Go!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed To the Ends of the Earth - I love it so much.

Yay #3. I'm still tickled that you got to see BC in so many different performances while he was battling laryngitis. One miss is still disappointing, but wow. Quite the trip!

Great photos...Also love the new Frankenstein icon. ^__^

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