And lo, there was much fury at the Scotiabank Cinemas in West Edmonton Mall on the 30th of January in this year of 2014 (AD), for the many buyers of tickets for the National Theatre Live showing of Coriolanus from London, England, which was not to be.
What WE were told at WEM was there was a satellite issue in Toronto, and the first half of the show wasn’t filmed. I was offered a refund or two special event passes to use later… though I had to wait in line then and there in order to get them.
But wait! It gets Better!
I texted Amy – my director and fellow Shakespeare nut – and she advised me the play was showing at HER location…South Edmonton Common.
I received this news as I was about to drive home. I wanted to march back into the theatre and roar, but I know the staff had nothing to do with this call and would be as perplexed as me.
One woman ahead of me, another disappointed Coriolanus-goer, lamented to her husband: “Why are we in Edmonton?”
Alas. I really hope they figure out a way to show the encore still.