From now on the walk formerly known as 'The Shakespeare City Walk' will be known as 'Shakespeare in the City Walk'. Since my forthcoming South London walk/tour is called 'Shakespeare in South London Walk', it seems right to emphasis the word Shakespeare first in the titles of both Shakespeare walking tours.
Bruce Feiler six times New York Times bestselling author of books such as 'Walking the Bible' and 'The secrets of happy families', said about my tour: "Declan brings the hidden alleyways and London life of Shakespeare alive".
Jan MalmsjoThe 'Swedish Olivier', who was the bishop in Bergman's classic film 'Fanny and Alexander', wrote about my tour: "Great and interesting and funny"
Rob McCaskillNew York-based acting teacher of Bernadette Peters, Michelle Rodrigez ('The Fast and the Furious', 'Avatar') etc, said about my tour: "A trip back in time. Wonderfully imaginative. Don't miss it" Quote from American Professor Owen Thompson, 12th July 2013: "Declan combines scholarly expertise with entertaining verve and flair. Excellent tour!"
WHAT 'SHAKESPEARE IN THE CITY WALK' IS ALL ABOUT: This 90 minute leisurely tour does not go to the Globe Theatre (because everyone already knows it). Instead it uncovers lesser-known monuments and locations in the City of London on the North bank of the Thames, with connections to Shakespeare's life, his friends, his loves and his work.
The film 'Anonymous' proposes that William Shakespeare did not write his plays. I believe that William Shakespeare DID write his plays and therefore this may not be the tour for you if you refuse to believe that. Instead you can go on somebody else's tour. I do not propose to spend the tour arguing this point, I will just get on with showing you aspects of William Shakespeare's London.
Here is a short clip of my appearance on BBC television on 28th May 2013, discussing Shakespeare's London with presenter Wendy Hurrell.
A slightly longer version, with a bit of a speech by me from 'As You Like It', can be seen here if you copy the following into your browser:
Visit the only two exact locations in London of Shakespeare houses
See the practically unknown hidden monument created from one of Shakespeare's best-known speeches
Go to the site of the Blackfriars Theatre, the lost sister theatre to the Globe
See the spot where we believe 'Othello', 'King Lear' and 'Macbeth' were written
Discover what Shakespeare was like as a man, including his complicated personal life
Visit Church locations Shakespeare knew
Hear some sublime Shakespeare speeches. I am a former professional actor and I illustrate what I talk about with Shakespeare's own immortal words. This feature of the walk is one that people especially love.
MEETING TIME AND PLACE: 11am on Friday mornings outside the only exit at Blackfriars underground station (Circle and District lines).
The meeting place for this Tour is right outside that underground station's only exit, a few feet away on the pavement. Look for the sign with Shakespeare's head on my rucksack when you emerge from the station onto the pavement. The sign is at knee-level not eye-level.
*** W A R N I N G *** Before you set off to come to your walk, I very strongly suggest that you add an extra 15-20 minutes to your travel time to compensate for possibly getting stuck in one (or more) of London's extremely frequent tube train delays.
Unfortunately, people who turn up late will miss this walk since I have to start the walk with the people who turn up on time.
Just to be clear about this, if you miss the start of the walk for any reason, you will then miss the entire walk since I turn up off my mobile when I begin, and you won't be able to find me in the side-streets.
If it is your fault that you turned up late - because you did not start off early enough and did not allow the recommended extra time for possible tube train delays etc - you will not be refunded if you paid in advance. The sad reality is that hundreds a year miss my walks...*** W A R N I N G ***
HOLIDAYS: There is NO walk taking place on Friday 24th July 2015 or on the 31st July 2015- I am on holiday. The next one will be at 11am on Friday 7th August 2015. See you there...
On the morning of the walk you plan to come on, always ring the telephone number given in the Contact section, in case I am on holiday. It's essential to ring in any case because unforeseen circumstances can happen once or twice a year which mean that a particular walk cannot take place.
"Highlight of trip" - Christine O'Grady, Australia
"Loved the speeches from Shakespeare himself" - Nicoletia, Italy.
"Magnificent eye-opening tour" - Kevin Connell
"Declan is the best guide in London" - Manfred and Heidi Gloag, Germany
"An absolute highlight of my travels to date...incredible insight into the world of Shakespeare" - Kylie Sandover, Australia
"Best thing I've done in 5 years of London living!" - Gemma Clarke
"Excellent - the highlight of my trip" - Geraldine Murphy, USA.
"Thank you for this superb, history-filled and inspiring experience" - Elizabeth Vandepaer, USA. "The most enthusiastic, friendly and interesting tour together with first class acting on the side" - Magnus, Sweden.
If you would rather have a private walk with me, you can always email me or give me a call at the number in the Contact section, and then we can discuss the private tour. I'm sometimes (but not always) willing to do private tours on my days off. The price is just £12 per person with a minimum of 15 people per walk OR the equivalent value if there are less than 15 people ie 15 x £12= £180.
If it's a corporate walk there is an extra £35 charge ie £215 minimum.
ALWAYS CHECK THE MESSAGE:NB Updated details of times, engineering works and other underground line problems, are always given in advance in the message at the telephone number in the Contact section.
MY OTHER WALK
In case you are interested I also perform a very well-known London horror walk called 'The Blood and Tears Walk'five times a week.That one is edgy and disturbing - but also good fun - and will only cost you £5 if you come on this one first, otherwise it will cost £10 (undiscounted price).
FINALLY:I really look forward to meeting you soon and providing fresh insights for you into the wonderful world of the genius William Shakespeare.