Here's a selection of films about some of the pubs and other areas of interest we feature during our performance .
Paul Raymond and the Soho Estates Artwork.
John James, of Soho Estates, was coerced by Nick Hennegan to talk about the special artwork commissioned to celebrate the history of the company, called 'Soho – Then, Today and Tomorrow' (2009) by Xavier Pick. The company was founded by the late Paul Raymond and featured in the film The Look of Love, with Steve Coogan, Anna Friel and Matt Lucas. Soho Estates are still very much involved in the community, Nick says!
We love this video. It's a bit dated now but we know nearly all the people in it! Sadly, Felix Dennis, the publisher, passed away recently. The Wheatsheaf is one of our favourite pubs, where we produced 'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas in November 2013, directed by Katie Merritt and where we produced 'A Christmas Carol' in December 2014. It was a sell-out and critical success and we repeated the show at the Old Joint Stock Theatre Pub in Birmingham in 2015. It also sold out!
Our Literary Pub Crawl performance used to start in The Fitzroy Tavern. It's just reopened after a massive refurbishment, and if you've been with us, you will know 'Jekyll And Hyde Alley' very well!
London Pub Culture and its evolution...
This is by a US brewery, we think, so it's not completely accurate, but if you like London Pubs you might find this interesting. And we've been in most of 'em! The Lamb and Flag is a local, although we don't visit there with our show. Yet!
The Funeral of Dylan Thomas.
Wow! This footage is remarkable for us Dylan fans. Silent but moving. We recognise Caitlin, Dylan's wife. Do you know anyone else? Please email if you do. Our writer, Nick, is currently working on a new play about Dylan Thomas, The Roaring Boy.
Dylan Thomas' West Wales.
A short film, shot around New Quay, Aberaeron and Llannon, Wales.
Writers' London Pubs.
We like this video above. See if you can get the first names of all the writers, especially the last one...! :-)
The French House, Soho. Farewell to Gaston, 1989.
One of the smallest pubs we visit and we often can't get in because it gets so crowded. Known for its half-pints and anti mobile phone behaviour our writer Nick Hennegan often visits.
The pub was run for years by Gaston who was born in the pub and ran it till he retired. This is a film shot on that day in 1989. See which famous faces you can spot! Including artist Francis Bacon, who looks like he's had a few!
Dylan Thomas - Dylan Remembered. The Gala Version.
If you listen to our Podcasts, you'll know we were very involved in the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations in London during 2014.
We got to know Dylan quite well, which is why we think this film is SO important to anyone who wants to know more about the Welsh Wizard! Was he a hell-raising, boozing womaniser?
Scott works with Griff Rhys Jones and made this lovely and timely little film talking to the people who know best about Dylan Thomas - his friends and family.
Henry V - Lion of England.
This is a rare old treat of the making of our unique Shakespeare hybrid show for the 1995 season at Stratford-upon-Avon.
This copy was found in an old props bag as we were preparing for the 2015 performance in London! It features Pub Crawl writer Nick Hennegan and the late Ray Rozenberg talking about his work with Richard Dreyfus on Hamlet and composer Robb Williams, with actor Paul Parker and a final voiceover from John Slater. The film was made by Andy Bloom and CBC. The tape was played on a loop on a big screen in Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, birthplace and burial place of William Shakespeare.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016, we added a celebration tour of the South Bank of London. It sold out, so we've now added more dates! And our writer Nick Hennegan produced a version of Hamlet, with Sir Derek Jacobi! Here's some hilarious advice about speaking the verse...!
VIDEOS ABOUT THE WORKS YOU'LL SEE ON our TOUR.
1984 by George Orwell
We visit George Orwell's regular pub in Fitzrovia which you will see is undoubtedly the model for the Proles Pub from the book.
Here, Professor John Bowen explores truth, fiction, repression and freedom in George Orwell’s iconic 1949 novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The film is shot at Senate House in London, formerly the Ministry of Information, and the building on which Orwell based the Ministry of Truth. It's about half a mile from where we start. And more importantly, our writer Nick was a student there!
Thanks to the brilliant British Library for this film.