Behind the Magic Curtain

The Tour

The magic of London’s Theatreland is something no visitor to the capital should miss, but how did it come into being? Why is the West End the traditional home to the theatre? This tour goes behind the magic curtain of Theatreland to find out.

Joseph Grimaldi - Behind the Magic Curtain

Joseph Grimaldi

1660: Charles II has returned from exile, and is bringing back to life the theatrical tradition which gave us the likes of Shakespeare and Marlowe.

Richard D'Oyly Carte - Behind the Magic Curtain

Richard D’Oyly Carte

But – there is a big ‘But’.

And what of today’s Theatreland?

Is it really just a collection of over-decorated, over-priced playhouses that have nothing to offer the modern theatregoer?

From melodrama and farce to world theatre, from dodging the censor to encouraging the amateurs, see how the playhouses of London’s Theatreland have contributed to the development of performance in this country and beyond.

Details – Behind the Magic Curtain

Please go to What’s On? to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: Outside the James Street exit of Covent Garden Underground Station.
Duration: Two hours (approximately).

If you have any questions about this walk, contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons

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