A Date with Anna Karenina

Norwich’s rich cultural repertoire has Liam drooling like a rabid dog. He’s joined the club at the Theatre Royal and has planned an entire programme of cultural festivities to drag me along to. I daren’t admit that I’d rather catch Coronation Street as the cold nights approach. Our latest date was with Anna Karenina at Cinema City. The mini-multiplex is housed in the Suckling’s House and Stuart Hall, a Grade I listed complex spanning a 14th Century merchant’s house and an early twentieth century public hall. Much of the ground floor is occupied by a trendy bar with an ancient vaulted oak ceiling and a fancy restaurant extending into a medieval courtyard. It feels like a swanky café with a cinema attached rather than the other way round. We took our deep, comfy seats and witnessed a parade of boozy bacchanalian folk file past with bottles of white rattling away in their ice buckets. Anna was a lavish hostess – exquisitely staged, sumptuously filmed, superbly acted and evocatively scored. Loyalty, betrayal and suffocating social convention were magically set against the sweeping steppe. Keira Knightley’s impossibly long bedecked neck stole the show. Liam was mesmerised. I was strangely unmoved. As the end credits rolled, the audience tottered out. Many were clearly pie-eyed and not in control of their faculties. Who says the middle classes don’t have a drink problem?

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10 thoughts on “A Date with Anna Karenina

  1. Great you are becoming acquainted with the norm again… I need some too… Though just back from Bursa after a book signing bbq of 300 people so I should not be complaining. The journalist society in Bursa laid on a lavish weekend for Ahmet and his Dost Bombalar book. He used to be a journalist in Bursa many years ago and I was greatly moved by their generosity.If it ever gets translated you will be 1st. to know.


    1. What a wonderful thing to do. Must have made you both very proud. Writing a book is such a labour of love and to receive the validation of your peers is the icing on the cake. Fantastic.


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