At a glance
Want to hear about William Shakespeare's London life, and see little-known or hidden plaques, memorials, busts and statues?
Then you MUST come on this fascinating two hour Shakespeare walking Tour, by researcher, and former professional actor,
• We meet on Fridays at 11am outside the only exit at Blackfriars underground station (Circle and District lines).
• Declan immediately reveals a Shakespeare statue most people miss.
• Next, the location of the original Blackfriars Theatre, and why you had to be rich to attend; plus how rich Shakespeare himself became.
• The fragment remaining of the Blackfriars Monastery.
• A lovely, hidden location connecting Shakespeare and King James.
• The site of a Shakespeare house in London, and its fate. The play likely written here.
• Next, a church with a hidden sculpture of Shakespeare praying, and a very important document. The Researcher who makes Americans proud. Richard 111 and its connections to the area.
• An extraordinary hidden totem pole made from a famous William Shakespeare speech. You would NEVER find this by yourself! Declan gives the entire speech.
• Next, The College of Arms and the Shakespeare family's coat of arms. Why it came two months too late. Plus Ben Jonson's joke at Shakespeare's expense.
• On to a plaque revealing Shakespeare's generosity, and the background to Shakespeare's two daughters and their very different fortunes.
• To St Pauls and a breathtaking revelation about it. Shakespeare's best ever seller, plus his sonnets and a reasonable interpretation of his sexuality. Declan's favourite words by anyone EVER (clue: it's only 4 words and they are by William Shakespeare).
• Next a section on Shakespeare's amazing vocabulary, and why it wasn't enough.
• The location of a pub he drank in and who else drank there. Plus a section on his religion and why he was lonely and reclusive.
• Up next, a bust of the man himself and the men who honoured him; which plays we would lack without them..
• The location of Shakespeare's second house, and how Shakespeare made a marriage then regretted it.
• Finally, at a church he knew, the two best known actors of his age, and the sad case of his brother Edmund.
• Declan finishes with another complete and hauntingly beautiful speech from Shakespeare's last play .
• Declan then walks to Barbican underground station if you want to join the underground system.
• By the end of this magical tour you will know William Shakespeare, and his London, infinitely better!
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Blackfriars, London EC4V 4DD, UK