Okay, I’m going to have to come clean at the start. This is
another recap of two performances. One was with the full original cast (which
I’ll talk less about, but I will cover the mistakes in it which were plentiful and
glorious), which I will refer to as the Boxing Day show when I mention it, and
the other was with James Howard as Draco and Morag Cross as McGonagall. The
latter is the one for which I was sitting near the front of the stalls, and
that’s the one I’ll focus on, because it was better and more interesting.
(You’ll all be pleased to know I wrote over 2000 words less in this recap than I did my last one. It’s still almost long enough to be a dissertation though so… Sorry about that! I hope you enjoy.)
This year’s rendition of Swan Lake had just finished their curtain call when Agatha realized she still had a few things to finish before she could head home. Juilliard’s glitz and glamour was stripped away once she became a part of the backstage crew, no longer Odette but rather the person who scurried in the dark speaking to her headset. “This used to be me you know?” She said half jokingly as she gestured to the stack of programs she’d been stacking.
Goodbye, Monsieur Poirot and Captain Hastings. Thank you Mr Suchet and Mr Fraser for the wonderful 25 years. There will always be many Holmes and Watsons but there, at least for me, will only be one Poirot and Hastings.