Well it’s been announced today that those of us in the UK will be getting a day off work next year on the 29th April, for the Royal Wedding.
However, I’m interested in this from a theatrical point of view, as it will truly be one of the most theatrical events of the year. The pomp and ceremony, given a nice 21st Century twist, with a dashing leading man and stunning leading lady.
We don’t have many communal rituals/theatrical events anymore in the UK, and certainly few secular ones (although you could argue, Xmas and Easter are now pretty much secular holidays), the Olympics was the next occasion I thought we in the UK would have, so it’s nice to have one a year early.
To me the whole of life is theatrical, we’re all playing our parts as Shakespeare put so well in As You Like It and weddings are always great theatrical events, but a Royal one, will be rather special (apart from my own which will always be THE most special). Yes there will be comparisons to Charles and Diana, but the world and Royal family have changed a lot since then. It’ll be interesting to see how they blend the traditional with the modern.
Fear not though, I’ll not be entering into the speculation that will now tie up the media for the next 5 months. I’ll let you know what I think after it though, as I find it fascinating how we as a country respond and react and participate in these large-scale theatrical events.
It will literally be a cast of thousands and a logistical challenge, but it’ll be pulled off as only the UK can, and it’ll be a day to remember.
Here’s to the happy couple!
ps, I’m available should they need a Toastmaster/Entertainer or Director! 😉