St John’s Gate | Tours of the UK

Clerkenwell Gate is one of the few places left in London that is pretty much as it was when William Shakespeare was alive. Today it is home to the Order of Saint John, but Shakespeare would have known it as the office of the Master of Revels, AKA the official censor.

Why were plays censored during a time which is often considered a golden age of theatres and new writing? And why did Shakespeare repeatedly re-write history to get his plays performed? Your guide will reveal all.

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