Fry at the Globe London

Feb 18th, 2012 | By | Category: London News

Stephen Fry is a national treasure, as synonymous with London as the black taxi he drives. No matter which role he takes on, acting, screenwriting, director, journalist, or even as the director of Norwich City Football Club, he imbues it with a particularly British brand of charm and wit. From Jeeves and Wooster, to Fry and Laurie, to Wilde to QI, he consistently turns in excellent performances with comedic and dramatic prowess and delights with his inscrutably intellectual humour, making Oscar Wilde a rather apt role for him to play.  He is a man so embraced by Londoners that he was able to stage a one man show where he simply talked to the audience about the ephemera of his day and his Twitter account is one of the most subscribed to in Britain.


So it is reason to celebrate that after a 17 year break Fry is returning to act on the London stage. Of course, the last time Fry took to the stage in the Simon Gray scripted play Cell Mates, he deserted the production mere days into its run and fled to Belgium, citing stage fright and his bipolar disorder as a reason for his bizarre disappearance, so it remains to be seen if he will stay the course. The role is a very suitable one for Fry, who is starring as comedic buffoon Malvolio in an all-male production of Twelfth Night, opposite love interest Lady Olivia, played by Mark Rylance, who was much lauded in his role as Jez Butterworth in the phenomenally popular play Jerusalem in London and New York.


The play will be staged at The Globe Theatre, a very suitable venue, not least because it was where Shakespeare originally staged the play in the 16th century, but because the play harks back to the traditional casting of men in women’s roles, as it would have been played in Shakespeare’s day. The play will run for three weeks, and the run will undoubtedly sell out very quickly, especially with the addition of Fry to the cast. The beloved personality has addressed queries about his recent stage faux pas and he has said he is now ‘a man content’, so it seems he will stay the course and bring his inimitable eloquence to the role.


If you would like to see the production, which begins on the 22nd September this year, it’s advisable to book tickets and accommodation well in advance. Luckily there are some fantastic hotels near The Globe such as the Southwark Rose Hotel, where you can enjoy the contemporary style of todays London and the traditional grandeur of London in the surrounding area. If you want a private, relaxing space in which to stay, The Kings Wardrobe Apartments offer elegant, tastefully decorated units in this historic area. If you want to experience some of the British eccentricity of the area, The Mad Hatter Hotel is a quirky, friendly establishment with plenty of character. For a very special stay, it is worth booking a room at the five-star Threadneedles Hotel , housed in a Victorian banking hall with many of the original features, so you can experience three of London’s most exciting eras, the intrigue and political turmoil of the 16th century, the pioneering advances in technology and arts of the Victorian era and of course modern day London

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