Private Theater Tour of London

3 Hours

From (USD) $426 Per Guide (Maximum 6 Guests)

Private Theater Tour of London

3 Hours

From (USD) $426 Per Guide (Maximum 6 Guests)

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      Private Theater Tour of London

      London, England
      From (USD) $426 Per Guide (Maximum 6 Guests)
      • Small, private tour: Enjoy one-on-one interaction with your expert guide, who is a Ph.D. or MA level theater scholar, in an intimate group of no more than six.  
      • Shakespeare, The Thames River and The Globe Theatre: We will walk along the Thames from the site of the original Globe Theatre (circa 1599) to its current South Bank incarnation. Shakespeare’s involvement with the development of the area through this theater’s company will be discussed by your expert guide. 
      • Drury Lane: The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane sits upon the oldest theater site in London. Successive theatrical houses have operated from its location since 1663. It is currently owned by Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber.
      • Covent Garden: The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, a major performing arts venue, should not to be confused with the Covent Garden district where it is situated although both are known simply as Covent Garden. The Royal Opera House is home to the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet. 
      • Bring the little ones:  Our docents are family friendly and can adapt their presentation styles to the learning styles of children. However please contact us directly if you have children under 13. We’d love information about the favorite school subjects and hobbies. The more we know the better the docent match we can make for you. 
      • Exteriors Only: We will not enter the Globe or Swan Theatres. 
      • Interior and Exterior: We will enter part of the Royal Opera House and the Theatre Royal, Drury lane. 
      About This London Tour

      Segregated and ostracized, the theater folk of the London area found a home along the banks of the Thames River and the city’s West End. William Shakespeare was an investor and owner of The Globe Theatre which was constructed on the south bank of the river. The Globe’s troupe was one of the earliest theatrical performing companies with its own theatre building. Over the span of centuries, the district slowly moved across the river to what is now the theater district of London’s West End. This sightseeing tour of the city will offer insights into the social and artistic forces that were born here and that still underpin our world. We will discuss and discover why theater folk were for centuries banished across the river, to a dangerous and dissolute area that was then well outside the city walls. This tour will explore how British theater became respectable.

      Shakespeare and The Globe:  Shakespeare is the beginning talking point for any discussion of English theatre. Our tour begins on the South Bank, not far from where the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s own theatre, was originally built. Your guide will share with you tales of a time when the theater was a public arena and plays were a part of everyday life. The modern reconstruction of the original playhouse where many of Shakespeare's plays were premiered lies approximately 250 meters away.

      Drury Lane and Covent Garden: Crossing the Thames River we will find ourselves transported two centuries forward, to an era when two great royal theaters, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, dominated London's social life. Depending on the tour day and time, we will alternate which of these theaters we will explore. Both offer two-hundred-year legacies of benchmark performances that gripped audiences in a way that no celebrity performance of today could duplicate. These historic theaters were once situated on the edge of squalid slums in an infamous district known for corrupt market stalls and houses of ill repute that were infiltrated nightly by gamblers, criminals, prostitutes and the demi-monde. 

      Exploring the West End and Covent Garden is integral to understanding how strong the prejudices were that theater folk had to overcome. The story of how the theater turned respectable is also the story of how London changed from its socially stratified, ragamuffin and anarchic society to the cosmopolitan capital city it has become. This is also the story of William Shakespeare, an obscure boy from the English Midlands who became recognized the world over as one of the greatest dramatists the world has ever known.

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      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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