London has appeared often on page and stage. It has provided a focus for the literary and theatrical scenes for centuries. Many an author features in its history, and many books describe Literary London. But nothing gives a better understanding of the relationship between place and word than to walk London’s streets. Similarly the best way to appreciate the richness of London’s theatrical life is to visit and experience it for yourself. These tours give you London by Page and Stage.
London by Page and Stage
These are not plaques-and-statues tours. Rather my literary London tours feature site-specific readings to give a better appreciation of London both on the page and at street level. Similarly my theatrical tours seek to give a full understanding of our matchless theatrical story.
Bethnal Green in So Many Words A celebration of this East End parish through writings ranging from 1896 to 2003
A Dickens of a City An evocation of London in transition through the authentic voice of the City – that of Charles Dickens
Echoes of Shakespeare This creative evocation of Shakespeare’s City features readings not just from his plays, but also from his poetry
Much Ado About Trading An exploration of how Shakespeare and his contemporaries brought City trade to the London stage
Peter Ackroyd’s Monstrous East End An evocation of Ackroyd’s visionary monsters, particularly the Limehouse Golem
Rumpole and the Legal Life Follow the experiences of Old Bailey hack Horace Rumpole on a stroll through Legal London
Samuel Johnson of Fleet Street Celebrate aspects of Samuel Johnson’s life and character with site-specific quotes from his works and from Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson.
Secret Writing Celebrate a secret world of spies, moles, agents provocateurs and traitors depicted by some obvious authors and some less obvious
Peter Daubeny’s World of Theatre A celebration of the theatrical manager who brought international performance to London
Shakespeare – for All in All A ‘companion to Shakespeare’ tour celebrating Shakespeare the Londoner
Theatreland by Stages An exploration of the contribution Theatreland has made to the development of British performance
Picture of Hare Street (now Cheshire Street), setting of Alexander Baron’s King Dido © 2016 Alan Tucker