STUDENT BLOGS: Theatre in London: Sites, Sounds, and Situations
by Carrie Harris
Before ringing in the New Year, we embarked on a tour to Islington and Angel, out of the way of Leicester Square, Covent Garden, and the West End theatres. This tour took us away from the norm and away from the text to The Sadler's Wells Theatre, which is home to dance companies and exciting dance shows that intrigued many of our crew. In learning of the theatre's extensive history, it was interesting to look around and see only suburban areas. This made for quite a change from any of the other historical sites we had seen so far.
After the Sadler's Wells we took an about-face and headed toward Angel and Camden to find the Almeida Theatre, which had been a recommended site to us by Beth Homan before our travels. This theatre is off the beaten path and home to a company that deals in experimental works and very physical theatre in a space as unique as the company. This was a day of theatre that you may have to search for, seeing as we were patrons to Dick Whittington at a theatre in a pub later that evening in the very same district. Our journeys into the suburban jungle led to discoveries of interesting theatre landmarks and gave us a day in a district many tourists don't travel through.