STUDENT BLOGS: Theatre in London: Sites, Sounds, and Situations
How to Get to St. Paul's: Way Forty-Three
by Caitlyn "The Hat" Garrison
It is a lie that all roads lead to Rome. That would involve laying cement strips in the ocean, which is incredibly pointless.
However, in London, it is true that all roads lead to St. Paul's Cathedral, because we've taken every single one of them on our walking tours. And it seems like all of these roads are packed with theatres, historic pubs, and oddly place monuments.
Today, we started at Nelson's Column (so called because of the statue honoring Lord Nelson) in Trafalgar Square. From there, we followed along as the Strand turned into the notorious Fleet Street, discovering hidden theatres and obvious churches alike. When I say hidden theatres, I really mean it. The Players, one of the last venues to house music hall entertainment, was at the end of a tunnel. Another theatre site was so hidden we couldn't even find the street that led to it, which is an effective way to keep away critics.
The focus all along the way to St. Paul's seemed to be on the famous operetta duo, Gilbert and Sullivan. We traveled to the plaque of W.S. Gilbert, Sir Arthur Sullivan's memorial, and theatres where their shows were first produced. Who knows what they would think of the musicals that now occupy their old stomping grounds; Legally Blonde just isn't in the same class as the Mikado.