He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.
(Hamlet Act One, Scene Two)
Hamlet praises his dead father by stressing his unique character. As poet and playwright, William Shakespeare was, and is, genuinely unique; beyond comparison.
Shakespeare is the stuff of legend, but in so many ways he was a typical Londoner.
Though an incomer, he became part of the London scene; though he rarely wrote about London, his plays are full of characters and situations his fellow citizens would recognise from their own daily lives.
To explore the story of William Shakespeare in London is also to appreciate an exciting time in the City’s development. It is a time of social advancement and international development, with London at the centre of England’s coming of age.
This is a companion to Shakespeare tour, exploring aspects of his London and how they informed his works.
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Details: Shakespeare for All in All
Please go to the SCHEDULE to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.
MEET: Outside Exit 2 (Cathedral Exit) St Paul’s Underground Station
Duration: Two hours (approximately)
Finish: At Southwark Cathedral, near London Bridge Station
If you have any questions about this walk, contact me
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