A Complete History Of London In Guildhall’s Roman Amphitheatre

The Roman amphitheatre beneath Guildhall. Image by steve_w in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Later this month, you can witness all of London’s history — yes all of it* — played out in the Roman amphitheatre beneath Guildhall. Few spaces could be more suited to their task.

A Complete History of London is a comic theatrical production, squeezing into an hour everything from our city’s marshy prehistoric origins right up to the present day. Expect “Romans, Vikings and Danes, royals such as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, revolters like Wat Tyler, Jack Cade and Guy Fawkes as well as non-historical ‘real’ Londoners”.

Obviously, the word ‘complete’ should be taken with a pinch of something from the nearby Salter’s Hall, but other than stretching Peter Ackroyd on a rack, you’re unlikely to find a better way of gleaning so much of London’s story in 60 minutes.

A Complete History of London runs at Guildhall from 20-26 April in an event arranged by Guildhall Library. Tickets are £15 and booking opens 6 April.

*Not all of it.

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  • Natalie

    I don’t like to leave bad reviews, but it’s hard to put into words how poor this was. We would have left if we could.

  • Tom

    We went to see this show and thought it was fabulous. 3 Actors, 15,000 years, so very funny and we learnt something. I’d certainly recommend this to friends. Not sure what the previous reviewer went to see but it could not have been the same show.