Phew! 2019. Dickens in the USA and Romeo & Juliet in Edinburgh! Bring on Oliver, Knopfler and the Rolling Stones...

December 30, 2019

It’s been an incredible 2019 in all sorts of ways.  The worlds of politics on both sides of the pond have seen incredible events.  I’m sure George Orwell is smiling, wherever he is. Or maybe grimacing!  On a more domestic note, we sold out in the summer and I was at the Edinburgh festival fringe again with not one, but TWO new plays.  Well, one new adaptation - a footballing version of Romeo and Juliet with a feisty Juliet - and a comedy (some would say tragi-comedy) I wrote a few years ago called P.A.L.S. (Pete, Andy, Linda and Sue), about four kids growing up on a council estate housing project. We were so fortunate to come away from the world’s biggest open arts festival with 5 star reviews!  All my shows are due to tour the UK and Ireland over the next couple of years.  Indeed the version of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ I wrote and directed has toured the USA and Italy this year, performed brilliantly by my friend and colleague, Guy Masterson.  Booking now for 2020!



Also new for 2020 is a Literary Pub crawl about the actor Oliver Reed. Oliver Reed famously died whilst filming Gladiator, but spent most of his early life in Wimbledon. His breakthrough role was playing Bill Sykes in the musical film, ‘Oliver’.  So we’re going to celebrate the life of a colourful actor and a great personality; probably starting in March. In addition, there is a rich vain to be in mined in Hammersmith, in West London. Many of the greatest song writers artists and performers lived in this area although it’s not much known about. Dylan Thomas, for instance, lived on the Hammersmith Mall and did you know the Rolling Stones recorded their latest album in Hammersmith.  In a studio owned by Dire Straits Mark Knopfler! In addition there are some famous residents - directors and actors, so it’s time we explored this culturally interesting area. The Hammersmith rock writers tour will probably start in March as well. Until then it just remains for me to say Merry Christmas and a happy New Year if you’re celebrating it - and if not, have a great holiday. See you on the other side!

 

Busy, busy, August!

August 21, 2019


(Kizzy Dunn and Andrew Greaves in Nick Hennegan's Romeo and Juliet)

Apologies if you've been trying to book tickets to come on the London Literary Pub Crawl in August.  We obviously love to see you and by supporting us you are supporting a new generation of artists.  But we're nearly all at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - the biggest open arts festival in the world - and it means we're a bit short handed during August!  The GREAT news is that both of our acclaimed productions - P.A.L.S. and Ro...
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Women in the world and the Women’s World Cup: extra time to reflect on the broader injustices women and girls face

May 31, 2019


USA vs Spain in a 2019 friendly. EPA/MANUEL LORENZO


I'm preparing to take PALS and Romeo and Juliet to the Edinburgh Festival fringe this August.  I want to try and redress the traditional male and female role balance a bit, particularly with Romeo and Juliet, so this article in The Conversation caught my eye...


Few events in women’s sport generate more attention than the football World Cup. Around 750m people watched the last tournament and, in June, France will host the 2019 competition, fe...

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Brexit? What's that? No problem...!

April 8, 2019
It looks like the UK might be exiting the European Union - So a British Exit - Brexit! I love the wordplay, if not the concept.  I won't get into the politics here (nah, I don't think it's a great idea to leave, and I do remember when I was a kid we were known as the 'poor man of Europe' hence us joining the EEC, but...!) however, we have people from around the world come on our literary pub celebration, and one or two people have mentioned they'd heard stories of rationing and hoarding and w...
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 29, 2018
We hope we'll see you in 2019.  The highlights of 2018?  Without doubt, presenting three classic plays at the Edinbugh Festival.  Nick Hennegan's version of A Christmas Carol with Guy Masterson wowing the UK on tour.  And this review from the Sunday Telegraph... 

"WE DRIFT OFF INTO THE SOHO EVENING, COMFORTED THAT A VIVID APPROACH TO THE LIFE'S WORK OF SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS AUTHORS SHOWS THAT THERE IS AS MUCH TO BE LEARNT IN THEIR PUBS AS THEIR PAGES."  SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.

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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.Maverick-Theatre.com) 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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