Inside the National Theatre London

Here Lies Love – Weekend in London

Last weekend was the birthday of my partner and back in June before our road trip in the USA I booked a short weekend in London to go see the show Here Lies Love at the National Theatre.  I have to say that I know London very well as as a child we used to visit my grandparents and other family members and also I used to live there for a number of years in the early-mid 2000’s.

The skyline of London has changed a lot since I lived there and for the last few years I’ve never really had the opportunity to hang out in the Westend.  My last visit was in May 2014; but as I was there with the car and visiting the Chelsea Flower Show, so never made my way into town. The same with the times before, I was either visiting family or friends and never got into town.  It was a real shock to see the new buildings lining the sky while walking across Waterloo Bridge.  Anyway, for this trip it was fly in, a bit of shopping, dinner, a show and fly out.  I decided to not tell anyone we were coming over and to just keep the time for my partner.

I can write many things about hanging out in London and the cool bars and places to catch up and meet people; and I most likely will in a future post, but for now I want to share my experience with the show Here Lies Love as I can honestly say that is one of the best shows I have ever seen.

When I booked the show the only things I remembered was that it was a musical, the music was from David Bryne and Fatboy Slim.  I totally forgot the the subject matter was Imelda Marcos.  There were two types of ticket available, seated or standing; we had seated tickets, but after what we saw I think the standing tickets were much more fun.  Here Lies Love is about the story of Imelda Marcos (which we all remember for her massive collection of shoes) made into a musical.  The music was pumping and the signing was traditional musical style (really works together). What made the show very different was that the venue was like a club and the audience standing were part of the show; kinda 4D theatre if you will.  The use of modern technology such as wireless cameras and projectors that displayed the actors, which were amongst the audience, up on the sides of the theatre, original film footage and stunning visuals and the moving platforms of the stages lead to a very different and extremely enjoyable performance.  I don’t want to give too much away incase you have the opportunity  to see the show (and please do try).  I also have some pictures of the set, but again I think it would spoil this great show to share them.

Im not that much of a theatre goer, but this show will appeal to everyone.  If you have the opportunity go see it.

It’s on until January 8th 2015 in London at the National Theatre on the South Bank.