Regular readers will know that the West End Whingers travel together only in the most dire circumstances.
The security of London’s West End theatreland dictates that – like the US President and Vice-President – they must never travel in the same plane.
So when it was determined that – in the interests of academic research – one of them would have to visit Greece, the home of theatre (*shudder*), straws were drawn and Andrew’s was shorter. So it was that Andrew found himself in the Theatre of Dionysus at the foot of Athens’ Acropolis.
Actually, it was full of fascinating facts:
- Dionysus was the god not only of plays but also of wine. This made perfect sense to the Whingers.
- The theatre could seat as many as 17,000 people – imagine the queues at the bar in the interval.
- It was the first stone theatre ever built and the seats are more comfortable than those at the Donmar Warehouse.
- Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Aeschylus all had their plays performed here. Phil was at the first nights of all of them.
Anyway, despite its age the venue was still able to weave its magic spell and the effect on Andrew was inevitable and practically instantaneous:
Still, there were delightful souvenirs to be had.