In fact the stage seemed set for melancholy musings and a Winter's Tale of considerable discontent.
But, ever the optimist, Mr G has shaken off dull care and is enthused, energised and excited by the arrival of a bulky envelope from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
It contains a torrent of information about the 2009 season of plays to be staged in the 'rusty shed', aka The Courtyard Theatre, the RSC's temporary home during the three years of its massive transformation project.
Mr G is salivating at the prospect of:
- As You Like It (currently his fave among the comedies)
- The Winter's Tale (he apologises in advance for blubbing in the climactic 'statue scene')
- Julius Caesar (which usually comes across as if written yesterday)
What's more, the season will be performed by a single troupe of actors who will continue working together until 2011.
This means that they will be the first enesmble to perform in the renewed RST when it opens in 2010.
As an extra treat, the mailing included a spelndid DVD report on the amazing Transformation Project.
Canny people at Bard HQ.
So exciting was the DVD that Mr G is signing up to make a small (he's a Gnome, OK?) regular donation to the funds.
Of course, with the Appeal's poster boy and girl being Sir Patrick Stewart and Dame Judi Dench, how could a Gnome not respond....?
(Message to Appeal Central - looking for a poster gnome...?)