Sunday, 15 September 2013

Birthday Celebrations–Sunday 15th September 2013

We took an early morning walk along the river meadow to the foot bridge below the Colin Witter Lock. The rowing club were out in force with male, female, and mixed crews practicing their starts and rowing techniques.
We walked back along the other shore through the Holy Trinity Church, the Theatre grounds, and the Bancroft Gardens where there were already people buying their breakfasts from the Food Festival Stalls . IMG_3695
Holy Trinity Church
The Swan Theatre
As we walked beside the theatre a large broad beam came up river steered from a central cockpit and moored up opposite. Its size can be compared with the rowing eight just passing it.
As it was Grahams birthday we all went out for an excellent Sunday lunch at the Church Street Town House Hotel. Opposite the hotel are 22 lovely old half timbered Almshouses from the 16th century.
16 church street
Later in the afternoon we took the 4 pm back stage theatre tour of the Shakespeare Theatre. It was a great tour by a well informed guide and highlighted the history and origins of the two theatres contained with the building. The Swan Theatre on the left and the main Theatre on the right. They both have thrust stages to ensure that the actors can interact with the audience. You are not allowed to take pictures on the tour but these two from the internet give a flavour of what will was seen on the tour. Well worth the money.
RS theatres

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