Official London Theatre's annual season of Theatreland Walking Tours is on sale now with a new route confirmed for the classic History of Theatreland Walking Tour departing this spring, and the return of the Haunted Theatreland Walking Tour later in the year, both led once again by London Blue Badge Guide Diane Burstein.
From April to September, starting out at the Embankment and weaving through the heart of the West End, the History of Theatreland Walking Tour takes in some of London's quirkier theatrical sights including a Victorian music hall now home to fringe performances, the first theatre to host a strip show in the entertainment district, the home of Revudeville variety and London's most elegant stage door.
Walkers can admire the architecture of several fine theatres and learn about the illustrious and eccentric personalities who have worked in them over the centuries as Diane Burstein peels away the historical layers to uncover the secrets of the past, offering up theatrical anecdotes together with current information on the latest shows and news from London theatre.
Those with more ghoulish tastes can join the Haunted Theatreland Walking Tour from October to December and hear tales of betrayal, bereavement and bloody murder on the cobbled streets and gas-lit back alleys between Covent Garden and St James's. This atmospheric journey through the darker side of Theatreland's history is punctuated with unsettling stories of a ghostly clown, a phantom prompter, spooky superstitions and the eerie Man in Grey.
The History of Theatreland tours will take place on the following Sundays, leaving at 2:30pm from a Central London location: 14 April, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July, 18 August, and 8 September. The 14 July tour will be British Sign Language interpreted.
The Haunted Theatreland tours will take place on the following Sundays, leaving at 6pm from a Central London location: 27 October, 3 November, 10 November, 24 November, 1 December and 8 December. The 10 November tour will be British Sign Language interpreted.
Each tour costs £9.50 per person and payment must be made in advance by credit/debit card, cheque or PayPal. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, visit: officiallondontheatre.co.uk/theatregoers-guide/walking-tours/.