Sunday, August 10, 2008

England Trip - August 10th, 1983

We left Stamford, stopped for lunch in the cathedral city of Ely, and arrived in Cambridge by mid-afternoon. We took the walking tour of the university; Sir Isaac Newton taught there. Francis Crick, the DNA guru, unravelled the mysteries of the double helix. We also stopped by the Trinity college great court, made famous in the movie Chariots of Fire, when the Ben Cross character ran around the court before the clock finished the stroke of 12. Our guide said the scene in the film was shot at Oxford, even though it took place at Cambridge. I bought a souvenir sweatshirt.

That night back at the hotel room, I watched the film version of Arsenic and Old Lace starring Cary Grant. I found it interesting since we had staged the production at SM North that Spring. I thought Grant's performance was a bit over the top as the frazzled dramatic critic Mortimer Brewster. Yes, frankly it was too frazzily.

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