The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


The first thing I did on gaining consciousness was to go over to the theatre and buy a ticket, to make sure of getting one. Then to the pub, where I met some young men who took me in their car to the church where Shakespeare is buried. A disappointment - admission fees were being charged to the chancel where the monument is, so we boycotted it while agreeing we all would have put something in a simple collection plate or box.

The play was magnificent, helped by Janet Suzman as Cleopatra and Corin Redgrave as a neurotic Octavius Caesar[1]. The three girls had also got tickets, so it was a good evening in all.

[1] This was the famous Trevor Nunn production with Janet Suzman as Cleopatra, Richard Johnson as Mark Antony, and also had Patrick Stewart playing Enobarbus very entertainingly, as well as Ben Kingsley and Tim Pigott-Smith in smaller parts. The BBC filmed a version of this production in 1974, and this is included below:


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