Crowning a new King and Prince

May 14, 2018

Crowning a new King and Prince.

It’s been a strange old few weeks. With our Shakespeare’s Tavern Tour around the south bank in London celebrating the birth of the bard, to final actors auditions for our new Edinburgh Fringe show, to gatecrashing the end of the London marathon - it’s been a time of high emotion. 

It was Shakespeare that started my writing and theatre journey in 1992 and all these years later I’m still creating new works based on his genius.

Auditions for actors are always horrible events for both the actors and the director seeking that perfect match for a character, although this time I’ve not advertised widely and it’s been gentler on us all. And then after taking out a lovely group on our Shakespeare Birthday tour (we do it every year on the Sunday nearest his birthday - although this year I forgot to do our quiz. But that’s another matter!) I thought I’d take a gander at the London marathon. And that took me completely by surprise. I’ve seen the marathon on TV before, of course, but never up close and ‘in the flesh’ as it were. I was at the tail end of the race, so all the elite athletes had gone and there were people of all ages and sizes struggling to reach the end. Believe me, some of them made me - an overweight, barfly - look almost athletic. Most were walking and many, I could see, were really struggling and in pain. Most were also running to make money for charitable causes and they were driven to finish, in spite of what looked like real pain. I found it strangely moving watching their individual struggles to finish the marathon. I was a mile or so from the end. What moved me to actual silent tears, though, were the spectators. The Marathon organisers cleverly display the runners first names on their vest numbers. So you had complete strangers desperately encouraging complete strangers. Shouting, cheering, waving, offering drinks… it was remarkable. And very fundamental. Adapting Hamlet has make me think a lot recently about the human condition. The London marathon made me realise that at a very basic level, most of mankind - most individuals - are caring and well… human!

 

Verily, things be busy...!

April 14, 2018

It’s been a busy few weeks in London Literary Pub Crawl land. We’ve had three parties this week, including our first ‘Coffee Shop’ Tour - the non-alcoholic version of the Literary Pub Crawl - for 35 young students from South Africa. If you’ve been to see us you’ll know there are a few ‘adult’ stories. We took those out of course and the whole group were fantastic and really seemed to get what we were offering. 

Later we hosted a private tour with two Americans. Rusty was the Fa...


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The Snow Must Go On...!

March 9, 2018
Sorry... I mean the SHOW must go on!  And it is.  We've had snow in London!  It doesn't really happen very often and so when it does, we're not really prepared for it.  I think the last time the snow settled here was around five years ago.  Our cold spell only lasted about a week, which was quite long enough, thank you very much!  But now the weather has warmed up and it feels properly like Spring.  The daffodils are already out.  And I'm pleased to report, that in spite of the weather, the L...
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Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2018
Happy Valentine' Day.

I think Anthony Burgess, a writer we feature in our show, summed up the day perfectly in 'The Paris Review.'  He wrote, "The world has so much solace to offer: love, food, music, the immense variety of race and language, literature, the pleasure of artistic creation." 

Yep!

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Harry Potter and The Final Draft..!

September 2, 2017
I'm writing THE screenplay.  You know, the one that is going to sell for thousands - if not millions - and means I don't have to worry about paying the rent ever again.  Because I can tell you, with rents as high as they are in London, it's a very big worry indeed!

I actually wrote the story for the screenplay when I was still at school in Birmingham.  That's a few years ago, believe me!  It's about a boy called George, who is 12 years old and when all the adults in the world disappear, includ...

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About Us


Nick Hennegan Hello. I'm Nick Hennegan and I started the London Literary Pub Crawl. 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' (www.HenryVPlay.com) I founded Maverick Theatre in 1994. (www.MaverickTheatre.co.uk) This pub crawl is really more a promenade theatre performance than a tour and I'm running it with 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 and a podcast on our site. 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 @ LondonLiteraryPubCrawl.com - I reply to them all and I love to hear from you.

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