Henrik was here for the weekend, and after living in the snowy ice box that is Sweden for the last four months, he was thrilled to be in London where it is currently sunny and 5’C, with bare ground and green grass. I took him to what I believe to be the ultimate London experience on a sunny spring day – Covent Garden, a buzzing market piazza in central London with lots of handicrafts, street performers and restaurants. Walked from Connaught Hall at Tavistock Square and down Southampton Row to get there, and while being stunned by all the beautiful buildings surrounding me, it struck me how unfamiliar I actually am with my local area. I think I tend to rely on the tube far too much for getting to place to place (who wouldn’t with London’s extensive tube system), and hence I do not really know all the exciting things you can find along the streets of London. From now on I shall rely on my feet far more – because central London really is not all that big.
That evening I took Henrik to Wyndham’s Theatre at Charing Cross Road to see the play “An Inspector Calls” . Been wanting to see that play ever since I moved to London, and when I found out that is will be closing on March 20th, my procrastination came to and end and I immediately threw myself over the computer to book tickets for myself and Henrik. Henrik and I are both crazy about old fashioned crime series such as “Poirot” by Agatha Christie, so I figured “An Inspector Calls” would be appealing to the both of us. Do go if you have time before the 20th!
Henrik is usually not the one for musical and theatres, so hence I was extra thrilled to learn that he really enjoyed the play. The story takes place over one single night in 1912. Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, shattering their peaceful dinner party as he investigates into the death of a young woman whom all members of the Birling family seem to have had a connection to. The story was thrilling and spine-chilling, and with a major twist in the end. The play also explores the exploitation of the lower classes in the Victorian/Edwardian English society, being a socialist critique of capitalism.