STUDENT BLOGS: Theatre in London: Sites, Sounds, and Situations
The Elizabethans Had to Walk (But We Get Tube Stations)
by Caitlyn "The Hat" Garrison
If we lived in the Elizabethan age, we'd have to walk to the theatre every day. Fortunately for us modern chaps, we have Tube stations to speed us on our journey. No, not by flying toothpaste containers; by underground trains. Trust those engineers to think of that! However, just because we have the privilege of these Tube stations, it doesn't mean you have to use them. Why, you can be just like those fellows from the fifteenth century and walk all the way to the other side of the Thames, if you're hardy enough.
After packing your tent and strapping on your sturdy walking boots, trot on over to London Bridge, and stand there awhile enjoying the simply super view. These days you don't have to worry about it falling down, unless those tricky engineers have been up to their bolt loosening jests again. What japes! Once you've pulled yourself out of the water, make your way to Southwark Cathedral, where you can dry off in the presence of a reclining Shakespeare and a smashing stained glass window with many of his characters on it. Take a detour to the "Clink" prison, and to the replica of Sir Walter Raleigh's Golden Hind. Gosh, that's a pretty big Hind!
Real Elizabethan's would have ended their walking tour at The Globe, where they would have seen a variety of shows. These days, you and your chums can stand in a similar building, enjoying the refreshing rain from the big hole in the roof. What larks!