Here is a blurry non-flash curtain call picture of The Sunshine Boys. Danny DeVito is in the striped pajamas. That is how close our $15 seats were.
The Savoy Theatre on The Strand is connected to the beautiful Savoy Hotel - just around the corner from The Coal Hole. We showed up at the box office at 11 AM - and asked for "same day - restricted view seating." The agent said he had 2 in the front row for 10 pounds each. He said the stage was low - so the restriction was minimal. We took them.
We had 3 hours to kill - so we walked along the Thames River enjoying the typical Saturday tourist crowd. All of a sudden - several police cycles came down the street with lights flashing. We dashed into McDonalds for lunch and got seats in the front window. For the next hour or so - a Gay Rights Parade passed by. Trafalgar Square was filled with thousands of paraders - with all sorts of colorful banners - signs - and costumes. It just kept going forever. It was getting close to 2 PM - so we headed toward our theatre.
To our surprise - the theatre seats were marvelous - the end of the front row. There was no obstruction - you could see everything.
Danny DeVito was fantastic - he did most of the play in striped pajamas. He is so short! As I get older - I admire how dramatic actors can memorize all those lines - adding all of the wonderful facial expressions to match. Many times during the play - we were less than 6 feet from the actors.
I did not have my good camera with me - just a cheap waterproof pocket camera. Usually Lulu admonishes me not to take picures. This time she said - "Aren't you going to take a picture?" So at the end I fumbled for my cheap camera and I attempted to get a "non-flash"picture for proof of the great seats we had.
DD has starred - produced - and directed in some many films. He starred in the TV series - Taxi - of years. He must be worth over $100 million. What drives a 68 year old man that has possibly everything that money could buy - to interrupt his life for 12 weeks to star in a London play? Whatever it is - it is inspiring. He is very professional - very good natured - and seems to be having a wonderful time. He is a giant.