When in London last month for a holiday theatre feast, I walked to and from the tube each day past the enchanting and whimsical world of venerable Harrods department store's Christmas windows. It was as if I was being given an extra gift of theatre of a different sort. Especially late in the evening, when the crowds had dissipated, I noticed more detail and more story each time I looked. My favorite aspect to the design is that each window has three elements: a large elaborate, moving tableau up top, a narrower diorama underneath (at perfect height for a child) and a very subtle photo-style image on either side of the diorama that revealed that all this miniature activity was taking place underground. I couldn't stop taking pictures, as I didn't want to forget any of the delightful discoveries I made, so I thought I'd share that visual adventure with you too!
The World Underneath
T'was the time before Christmas, and on Brompton Road,
A Stage Elf was wand'ring, in theatre mode.
She happened on windows that gave her a peek,
of a quite special show taking place through the week.
Behind all the glass, the magic sprang forth,
but underneath each tableau, it appeared that the North (Pole),
had forgotten to draw the curtains you see,
and a whole other show was going on, dear and wee.
So come now and explore, imagination run free.
Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year from ME!