OK so I’ll confess to not particularly liking period drama. I’m probably one of the only people on the planet who’s not seen any Downton Abbey episodes. I don’t enjoy Shakespeare nor particularly understand why everyone bangs on about his work! So I’m a philistine and I don’t care! There, I’ve said it.
So I felt a little duped into being at the Aldwych Theatre tonight for a performance of Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. A drama based on the life of Thomas Cromwell during the time of Henry VIII. Oh joy I thought to myself when I realised what we were seeing!
BUT oh how I was mistaken. The dialogue barely had a whereforarthospeakeewordee in it! Instead it was current. It was funny. It was enthralling. It was dark. It was humorous. It told a story. I laughed out loud. It would be a fabulous way of learning history. It was rude. It was brilliant. I loved it!
Go see it!