Friday, 14 February 2014

Nell of Old Drury on Valentine's Day

This February we’re looking at London

Theatre on The Daily Constitutional.

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Here's LW's Richard III on a famous West End pub named for one of the most famous actresses of them all…

Nell of Old Drury, Catherine Street, Covent Garden.

I go here every Wednesday on Ghosts, Gaslight and Guinness.  It is a real theatre pub.  The orchestras of the musicals and the Royal Opera drop in for a drink during the interval and after the show cast and crew from the surrounding theatres drink here.  There is a room upstairs which looks out over the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where you can nearly always find a table.  They don't do food, but there are a million restaurants nearby and as a result you are not jostling with people eating at tables.  It is a good old fashioned boozer with lovely staff and they serve Broadside, my favourite beer.  It is named after Nell Gwynne one of the many mistresses of Charles II.  There is a tunnel that links the theatre with the pub and the King would use it for secret assignations with Nell and be back in his box as the curtain came down.

Richard III

Richard III, scion of a Lord Mayor of London, is a writer, actor, director and stand-up comic. And the only London Walks guide to have addressed the United Nations!  

NEXT WEEK: We've got a copy of The National Theatre Story by Daniel Rosenthal to give away!

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