This blog, being owned by a grumpy, old git, has a tendency to be a tad grumpy, old and, er, git-ish! Sorry about that but, hey, when there is good news I am the first to tell you. So, sit back comfortably and be prepared to smile - oh come on, you can do it if you try!
Over the last couple of years you may have caught the odd 'grump' from me concerning the fate of Shakespeare's Globe on the South Bank of the Thames in London. This was entirely due to the collection of 'Dogberrys' who (allegedly) run the place and who appointed a know-nothing dimwit to be artistic director. Happily, she has been exited stage left and her replacement, another lady, has just announced her new programme for this year. She is Ms. Michelle Terry who looks about 141/2 - mind you virtually everyone looks that age to me these days! - but, judging from a report in The Times, she sounds like an enormous improvement.
For a start, she has made it clear that she herself will not be directing because she is an actress not a director. Secondly, it appears that she will revert to the old ways that made The Globe, the old and the new, such a magical experience. All the modern anachronisms which blighted the efforts of the last artistic director are gone. Amongst this year's programme there will be Hamlet, Othello, As You Like It and Love's Labour's Lost. Who could ask for anything more, er, well, me actually because I am desperate to see a really good production of old Will's second best play, Troilus and Cressida.
The other day I moaned about London being such a dump these days but a visit to The Globe, with St. Paul's gleaming on the opposite bank, is the very stuff of heaven.