I've been meaning to see the Queen exhibit at the Portrait Gallery just about every day I've been here, and so I figured today might be it. So I went. And it was really fascinating. To celebrate the Jubilee, the exhibit follows the Queen through each decade of her monarchy. The early years, the Diana years, the scarf years....everything was there in photographic detail. Here are the portraits I especially liked:
But I did have a nice few moments upstairs in the church, where I listened to a small chamber orchestra play. I could hear the rain thundering on the roof of St. Martin's, but then it eased up and I knew it was safe to go out again. That was the theme of the day: rain some, dry some. It came and went in spectacular clouds, and you always needed to have an umbrella at the ready. Which I did.
On my way to the Globe tonight I crossed paths with Mark Rylance. He was pedaling quickly by on his bike, but our eyes met for a moment and I wondered if he remembered me. It's been a long time. In a flash, all of my memories of Mark came back: the poses, the cold March air, the wedding band. If you don't know what I'm talking about, well, that's a better story in person. Trust me. And I'm happy to tell it! Mark pedaled on.
I saw Henry V tonight starring Jamie Parker, and I thought it was really, really solid. I was excited to see this, since I saw Henry IV parts I and II two years ago in a marathon six hour staging. So it was sort of like seeing the threequel; I felt like I've watched my little Henry growing up. Parker was just as fantastic, charismatic, and powerful as he was two years ago. He's going to be a major talent. Mark my words. He is so engaging to watch and holds the audience in the palms of his hand.