We've moved! The Fitzroy Tavern closes!

July 17, 2015
The roots of the Literary Pub Crawl lie in the Fitzroy Tavern. I was doing my Masters at the University of London and looking for a cheap pint.  My mate from Birmingham, filmmaker Andy Bloom, suggested I could get a cheaper pint at the Fitzroy, as the pub was run by the Sam Smiths Brewery and they were considerably cheaper than other pubs in the area.  He also told me about the Writers and Artists Bar at the pub, which certainly appealed.

So I was nursing my cheap pint downstairs and couldn't help but notice the pictures of writers and artists on the wall. Dylan Thomas, George Orwell, Augustus John.  It occurred to me that if they'd all been regulars, there must be some stories to tell.  So a few days (and cheap pints later) I'd done enough research to realise there certainly were some stories. Fascinating stories, I thought.  So I wrote the stories into a script, found some actors and the London Literary Pub Crawl was born!

The Fitzroy Tavern has been talking about closing for over a year.  We are part of the reason for this.  The pub gets so packed they need more room.  So they are closed for at least 8 months and they are looking to turn the first floor accommodation into public rooms.  One, I think, is going to be called The Dylan Thomas Room!

So we've moved the start of our show from the Fitzroy Tavern, just down the road, to The Wheatsheaf on Rathbone Place. We're so blessed with literary pubs in the area that it wont make any difference to the show - in fact we love it because The Wheatsheaf is where we've been presenting plays for the last year or so.  We were recently described by Arts Site Remotegoat as "the new bohemians of Fitzrovia and Soho."  I quite like that. I hope you'll come and be bohemian with us soon.

 
 

Fangs for the memories: death of Christopher Lee draws a veil over golden years of horror

June 12, 2015

Love at first bite. Hammer HorrorCC BY-SA

HAMMER STUDIOS HAD AN OFFICE IN SOHO. 

They say your first Dracula marks you for life and that you will forever associate the Count with the actor who played him. My first experience of the most famous vampire of old time was Christopher Lee’s performance for Hammer Studios – and it has definitely stayed with me ever since.

I still remember watching his imposing on-screen figure, a mountain of a man, halfway between the quaintly aristocratic and th...


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Interview With An Actor.

May 20, 2015
She's the Queen of Kings at the moment - the star of Henry V - Lion of England at The Wheatsheaf Pub in Fitzrovia, London W1.  Produced by our theatre company Maverick, and written by our writer Nick Hennegan, we asked Simon Plant to go talk to star, Eleanor Dillon-Reams about being Shakespeare's most famous King.


Eleanor Dillon-Reams.

Henry V is one of Shakespeare’s biggest plays.  How come you are the only actor?

The piece has been partly rewritten, edited and chopped up to a short and snap...


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We missed you!

May 15, 2015


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Dylan Thomas Day.

May 7, 2015

An Evening at The Wheatsheaf Pub, Rathbone Place, London, W1. 8pm

Dylan's Day is a celebration of Dylan Thomas.  14 May has been chosen because marks the day Under Milk Wood was first read in public.

We hope you can join us for what will be a memorable night. As you know, we produced Under Milk Wood on the 60th anniversary of Dylan's death and we were involved in Griff Rhys JonesDylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival, so I feel very close to the Welsh Wizard!  We're planning music, poetry and a r...
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About Me


Nick Hennegan Hello. I started the London Literary Pub Crawl and most of the blogs on here will be by me. I've always written but my first theatrical success was an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Henry V'. I founded Maverick Theatre in 1994. This pub crawl is really more a promenade theatre performance than a tour and I'm running it with Katie Merritt, who came on board to direct in 2014 and a bunch of enthusiastic local actors and writers. I love sharing my passion for the area and the artists. I also present a radio show on Resonance 104.4fm - London's Arts Station. It's called 'Literary London' and is on Fridays at 7pm (and repeated Weds at 7am.) If you haven't visited us in London yet, I hope you'll come soon. And feel free to leave comments or email me at nick @ LiteraryLondon.co - I reply to them all and I love to hear from you.

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