About a week ago I queued for an hour in the biting cold to get tickets for hit play ‘Jerusalem’ which is having a second run at the Apollo Theatre after its great success at the Royal Court.
Every day twenty tickets are held back and sold for £10 to those willing to get there and queue outside before 10am. (Each person can buy a maximum of two tickets).
My queuing experience was made a great deal less painful by the company of a rare books academic from Illinois who was in London on sabbatical to write a book. But even without my interesting new friend, it would have been worth it. ‘Jerusalem’ is the best play I’ve seen in a long, long time! It’s uproariously funny and bitingly satirical but moving at the same time. I’m not sure whether it was Jez Butterworth’s writing, Ian Rickson’s direction or the genius of Mark Rylance who plays the central character- an incredibly loveble rogue, but having had the audience gasping for breath we were laughing so hard, in the final act there was a thoughtful silence that’s difficult to find anywhere in London.
Go and see it and I promise you won’t be disappointed!