The magic of London’s Theatreland is something no visitor to the capital should miss, but how did it come into being? What has the West End contributed to British performance? This tour goes behind the magic curtain of Theatreland to find out.
1660: Charles II returns from exile and brings back to life the theatrical scene closed down during the Commonwealth. But this is not the same theatrical world which gave us the likes of Shakespeare and Marlowe.
This time the theatre centres not on the City, but on the court.
And what of today’s Theatreland?
Is it a tourist trap with nothing to offer the discerning modern theatregoer, or is it a showcase for the theatrical scene?
From dodging the censor to encouraging the amateurs, this tour explores Theatreland’s contribution to British performance.
Details – Theatreland by Stages
Please go to What’s On? to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.
N.B. This tour’s name has changed from ‘Behind the Magic Curtain’
MEET: Outside the James Street exit of Covent Garden Underground Station.
Duration: Two hours (approximately).
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Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons