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11 September 2004: Strangers on a Train - Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, England, UK

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It's been quite a While since I last saw a "proper" play. My last trip to the theatre was the Rocky Horror Show and the time before that was to accompany my old mum to see Singing in the Rain. So it was quite nice to do one of those spur of the moment things and go and see a play on the first night of our holiday in the lakes.

The story is probably best known to most people from the 1951 Hitchcock film starring Farley Granger and Ruth Roman, and is centered around two strangers who meet on a train (strangely enough), both of whom have obstacles getting in the way of their future. These obstacles are the unfaithful wife of one man and the controlling father of the other.

This version was staged in the rather quaint Theatre by the Lake in Keswick which as it's name suggests is on the shore of Derwentwater.

We were a bit late getting tickets as it was a very last minute decision and ended up sitting on stools in the upper tier of the auditorium, this however was no real hardship as the view was excellent and it was only a short hop to the bar.

The stage design was excellent, the scene changes involved moving the same bits of the set to different positions on the stage and just watching how this was done was fascinating in itself, the lighting effects were also fantastic and I think that this simplicity really added to the dark atmosphere surrounding the play.

The cast were all pretty good actors no one really famous but a few TV and radio credits amongst them (is it just me or do all actors have bit parts in The Bill).

Overall this was good production well worth the ticket price.

Cheers.

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