Led by Blue Badge Guide Diane Burstein and covering London's theatrical history from court masques to the present day, the brand new route for 2011 starts south of the river in what was once a centre of music halls and variety theatres.
Discover how The Old Vic's formidable manager Lilian Baylis brought Shakespeare and the classics to South London before moving on via the Young Vic to the National Theatre via some atmospheric backstreets.
Then cross the Thames to Covent Garden, the West End's first Theatreland.
Featured sites include London's oldest playhouse, the theatre which was once the home to actor/composer Ivor Novello, another which played host to London's shortest lived play and the one where a bag of sweets gained you admission.
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