Theatreland Tour with Ian McKellen
Leave Leicester Square
Nicely done my friend. You take direction well. Now, carry on from here to the nearest corner of Leicester Square.
As you walk, cast a glance to your right.
Now, do you see the Odeon Cinema?
Well, I’ve a bone to pick with them.
But first, how do you think these fields, full of cattle and clothes lines, become the beating heart of British theatre? Well, as the city of London expanded, those who could afford it moved west. These quiet fields on the outskirts of London were usually upwind of the smoke belched out by the industrialising, overcrowded city. As people moved, the theatres followed, and the West End was born.
Alright, keep going the same way you’ve been walking.