OXFORD AND WARWICK
First time to visit the home of Mister Charles Dickens. He lived here when he was in his 20's, recently married to a woman he adored and they had a child. He was perhaps the first worldwide celebrity and it is here he began to entertain some of the great men of science like Charles Darwin. He was moving up in society but he didn't forget where he came from. Lovely little house with so much interesting history and rooms to enjoy (upstairs and downstairs). It was at this home he wrote my favourite story "Oliver Twist" and if you wander the neighbourhood you can see so much of the inspiration for scenes in that book ( or series rather).
On this very desk he wrote "Great Expectations". I did think I might feel his ghost or something but I didn't. Still I really loved this place and it's very much worth a visit.
Later it was time for a brief nap (because we've been sleeping poorly) and then off to the front row of Les Mis (my 3rd time I think). Oh my! It was awfully confusing when the young Cosette was white and the grown up Cosette was black. Never wrapped my head around that. Kind of ruined it (it would have been so very easy to have a young black actress play young Cosette). I think the director was on drugs or something. Valjean (looked exactly like Russell Crowe so I immediately thought him the bad guy) was rather gruff and unlikable in this version where Javert was handsome and such a lovely singer you sided with him. I blame the director on this one, had he just reversed the roles of Valjean and Javert it would have been 100% better. Still I loved Bradley Jaden and he was a joy to watch. It sure is funny how you can take a great play and make it less great with a bad director. At least we had great seats.