So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
William Shakespeare’s London was destroyed in September 1666. But his words echo clearly in today’s City. Sometimes this is because of connections to the man himself. At other times aspects of old London remind us of ideas and images he used. But the echoes of Shakespeare are clear to hear.
This creative reconstruction of aspects of Shakespeare’s London features readings from some of his works.
There are excerpts from plays such as The Life and Death of King John and The Play of Thomas More.
There are lines from Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, as well as a number of the Sonnets.
There’s also a touch of Ben Jonson!
The importance of Shakespeare is his writing. There may be a whole tourist industry based around the image of William Shakespeare. This tour however is all about his timeless words.
As his friend and contemporary Ben Jonson said of Shakespeare, ‘He was not of an age but for all time!’
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Details – Echoes of Shakespeare
Please go to Whats On? to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.
MEET: At the entrance of the church of St Giles without Cripplegate, Fore Street EC2Y 8A (nearest stations Barbican and St Paul’s Underground Stations)
Duration: Two hours (approximately)
Finish: St Paul’s Churchyard, near St Paul’s Underground Station
If you have any questions about this walk, please contact me
Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons