Shakespeare with Lute – meet by the Shakespeare statue in front of Southwark Cathedral

Guided by Rick Jones

Please note

You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
11 December 2021 Special 10.30 am 12.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
18 December 2021 Special 10.30 am 12.30 pm Winter Reserve Online

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:


The tour begins with lute music played outdoors beside the Shakespeare statue in the churchyard of Southwark Cathedral from 10.30 am.

DIRECTIONS: Southwark Cathedral is just over London Bridge from Monument Tube. And London Bridge Station is even closer – Southwark Cathedral is just across Borough High Street from the station.

The walk leads through Southwark to the sites of the original Shakespeare theatres, the Globe, the Rose, the Swan, the Hope and the Blackfriars, including the modern replica Globe.

En route Rick tells the story of Shakespeare’s younger brother and boy actor, Edmond, his milkmaid Elizabeth Newcomen, his saddler John Bingham, his butcher Robert Harvard and his fellow actors John Heminge and Henry Condell who first published posthumously the plays.


“I start the Shakespeare Lute Tour outside the cathedral at the Shakespeare statue in the churchyard. I play 20 minutes of music there. Then we’re off. I show the Shakespeare window from the outside, we walk through the cathedral (I lead the way) and then off we go to the rest of the sites.”


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