THE SHAKESPEARE CITY WALK
with actor Declan McHugh
with actor Declan McHugh
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Some members of the Theatre-In-The -Square theatre company came on my Shakespeare tour some months back, and I would like to give their show some promotion here:

'What She Will' by Jane Jones. Based on the works of William Shakespeare. from Jonah Maddox

Shows are on Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th March 2015 at 7.30pm, and Saturday 28th March 2015  at 5.30pm.

Tickets are now available only from the TintS website and will cost £15. (early bird, member and other concessions available).

It is not possible to book tickets by phone but enquiries about the production can be directed to07522 791618.

The show will take place at the Bridewell Theatre, St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8EQ.

 
 


MINOR NAME CHANGE

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.

 

NEW TESTIMONIALS


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 Malmsjo  The 'Swedish Olivier', who was the bishop in Bergman's classic film 'Fanny and Alexander', wrote about my tour:
"Great and interesting and funny"

Rob McCaskill New 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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-22693253

 
 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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:

None at the moment, but keep checking this page....

 

On the morning of the walk you plan to come on, a
lways 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. 






Private Walking Tour

 

The price for adults who just show up without any deal is £10, or £8 for children aged 12-14. 

If you have the London Pass the price is reduced to £8 for adults (15+) who have the newest guide book issued in May 2014, and £6 for children aged 12-14.

If you have the older London Pass guidebook the price is £7 for adults and £5 for children 12-14. You must actually show me the Pass and the guidebook so I can see which edition you have.

Without the London Pass book you will be charged £8 and without the Pass or with an out-of-date Pass, the price will be the normal £10.

Alternatively you can advance book online at the following SECURE internet site for a £0.50p discount on the normal undiscounted price :

Bit.ly/l9RXjl



VISITOR BOOK QUOTES:


From my visitors' book here are just a few of the rave reviews I have received over the years for my 'Shakespeare in the City Walk':


"I liked this tour much better than other Shakespeare Tours" - Gunmilla Thorsson, Sweden.


"Magical Tour" - Renata.



"Enthusiastic, personal, inspirational" - Ylva, Sweden.



"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.


"very informative, entertaining, charmingly presented" - Stelyana, Russia.



"Excellent - his passion for London and for the history of the stage shines through in his every word. A must-see in London. No Shakespeare enthusiast should be without" - Lauren, Canada.



"Declan is a true expert on Shakespeare" - M. Robert



"Informative, entertaining - all that we wanted. Patient with questions, clearly enjoying very much what he's doing. Wonderful!" - O. Royal



"Exquisite knowledge base. Phenomenal job!" - S. Cote


"Best thing in London - probably for the whole trip. Fantastic!" - A. Jones



"Brilliantly researched and very informative. Your work, expertise, and love of Shakespeare really shone through. Thank you!!" - C. Martin



"A complete delight, Thank you, Declan" - J. Hurley




OTHER ACCOLADES:


'Shakespeare in the City Walk' is one of only four walks recommended by The Independent newspaper as 'The Grand Tours' of London. Here's what they say:

www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/london-revealed-the-grand-tours-898761.html




PRIVATE WALKS:



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.




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