That's (Animal Farm) showbiz!

February 5, 2015
Bummer!  We had the rights to perform George Orwell's Animal Farm for all of 8 weeks, till the 'principle agent' changed their mind and decided to cancel our license.  It probably means a commercial theatre producer has decided to try a production. Which is good for us fans of Orwell, but not so good for WE fans of Orwell.  



A bit like when we performed 'Under Milk Wood' in the Wheatsheaf in Fitzrovia, London, the pub where Dylan Thomas met his wife.  It was commercially stupid to mount such a large production in such a small room, but it was the 60th anniversary of Dylan's death. And it was the pub where he met... oh, I've mentioned that.  It was about the sprit of the production, the emotion of the moment.  And not about the money.  I'm not sure our 9 shows in a pub would have rocked the commercial rights holder, but that's Animal Farm showbiz.

And it means our next full theatre show will be the Maverick Theatre Company's 21st Birthday show - Henry V - Lion of England, in April.  And there's no problems with the rights for that.  I wrote it myself!  With a bit of help from Shakespeare, of course.  I might consider cancelling the licence.  But I doubt it...

 

Review of 2014.

January 12, 2015

We started 2014 in the shadow of the previous year.

My experiment with theatre in a pub, as opposed to Pub Theatre as it's understood in London, had proved very successful in 2013.  I managed to get the rights to produce Under Milk Wood on the 60th anniversary of Dylan Thomas' death.  It proved a success in a number of ways, but mainly though conversations with the excellent veteran theatre director John Adams.  John was not available to direct, but he recommended a former student of his who ...


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Merry Christmas (Part Deux) and a Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014

From all of us here at Lit Pub Crawl towers.  May you have a happy and fulfilling Christmas and a peaceful New Year.  We loves ya, you know that, don't ya...!

Nick, Katie and all the Charles Dickens' and Virginia Woolfs'
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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2014

A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS

BY CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE
(WHO DOESN'T FEATURE ON THE LONDON LITERARY PUB CRAWL.YET.)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in theirbeds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced through their heads;
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long ...


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Dylan, my Dylan.

November 8, 2014

 
So the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival is now over.  Although only really on the periphery of the organisation it's been a part of my life and certainly large in my thoughts for most of this year.  
Pub crawl walks were part of Griff Rhys Jones' original thinking for the festival which he conceived with Dylan's granddaughter, Hannah Ellis and actor Jason Morrell.  It became far more than a tour of Dylan Thomas' Fitzrovia Pubs of course. And I have to say the final, fantastic Gala Performa...

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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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