Walking Shakespeare’s London
Twenty Original Walks in and Around Tudor London
5 3/4" x 8 1/2" • 208 pages • color photos, maps
ISBN 156656588X • paperback • $17.95 •
Shakespeare’s associations with Stratford-upon-Avon are well known, but few know that he was equally at home in London, the city in which he worked and lived for much of his life. References to London’s streets, inns, and theaters litter Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, revealing how deeply the city influenced his work.
This book brings together 20 walks exploring 16th century London, including Westminster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Globe Theater, St. James’ Palace, the Tower of London, and Hampton Court. They cover the whole of Central London from Shoreditch to Deptford, taking in the City, Clerkenwell, King’s Cross, Holborn, Piccadilly, Oxford Circus, and the South Bank.
As well as exploring the London that Shakespeare knew, the walks also cover the theaters of modern London, including the West End, the Barbican Centre, the South Bank Centre, and the Young and Old Vic theatres, where great directors have successfully staged Shakespeare’s plays over many centuries.
Shakespeare expert Nicholas Robins guides and entertains throughout, taking us back in time to an era when theater dominated artistic life. Using evocative excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays, he reveals the inns where Falstaff drinks and carouses in Henry IV, the magical woods that Oberan and Titania roam in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the brooding darkness exerted by The Tower in Richard III.
This guide is illustrated with specially-commissioned, full-color photographs and is enriched with atmospheric 16th century engravings. Each walk is supported with an easy-to-follow map highlighting places of interest along each route.
With its enlightening combination of historical information and literary insight, Walking Shakespeare’s London offers visitors a fascinating way to discover the roots of modern London.
-- 20 walks covering London from Deptford to Great Portland Street and from Shoreditch to Hampton Court
-- Illustrated with specially-commissioned color photographs and original engravings of Shakespeare’s period.
-- The walks take in major landmarks including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Hampton Court, the Globe Theatre, St. James’s Palace, and Westminster.
Nicholas Robins has worked for the project dedicated to the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe on Bankside since 1992, when he managed the Shakespeare Globe Museum. He is now researcher and editor of The Globe’s membership magazine, Around the Globe. He also writes the theater’s programs and is an occasional reviewer of books on Shakespeare and theater history for the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Camberwell, South London.
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