Photographs above: Nick Hennegan; Marquis of Granby pub, famously associated with T.S.Eliot
The fame of the London Literary pub crawl, brain child of Chiswick resident Nick Hennegan, has spread far and wide, with articles in this week’s New York Times, Washington Post and Japan Today.
Artfully designed to appeal to tourists, the pub crawls, which run twice a week most weeks, take in the Newman Arms, the pub where George Orwell drank and which featured as the “Proles” pub in 1984 and the haunts of writers such as Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange), Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and Dylan Thomas.
“I did it for the Olympics originally” Nick told me “and it has just taken off”. Actors playing the roles of writers get through a surprising amount of information, as well as a not inconsiderable amount of ale.
Tickets are £24 but Club Card holders get a 10% discount. Get in quick before the hordes descend from the US and Japan.
You can find out more about the London Literary pub crawl here.
Reaching the audiences that other productions don’t reach
Like the characters in Pals, the play he wrote which is currently on at the Tabard theatre, (until Friday 27 September) Nick grew up on a council estate in south Birmingham.
He left Wheelers Lane Secondary Modern without any qualifications and after an unsuccessful career start as a police cadet, went on to a highly successful career in radio, hosting the Saturday night late show on BRMB.
He launched his Maverick theatre company in 1994 and since then has produced plays in pubs and arts centres, bringing live drama to new audiences who haven’t grown up with the habit of going to the theatre.
His present company of four young actors is performing Pals and Romeo & Juliet on alternate nights. Book Tickets here, with a £4 reduction for Club Card members.
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