Leicester’s history brought back to life with dramatic guided tour

By Kerri Stevenson

A group of storytellers are bringing myths and legends from the recent and distant past back to Leicester by dressing up as famous historical figures and hosting a guided theatrical tour of the city throughout February.

The tour, which will continue until 26th February, begins at the Magazine Gateway and ends at Cathedral Gardens, at the site of a bronze statue of Richard III.

Tickets cost £10 each and the tour takes place at 8.30pm every day, with extra tours at 6.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Ryan, Craig and Alan in character for the tour.

The event is run by Ryan Byrne, along with his father Alan and his uncle Craig, who all have backgrounds in theatre and decided to set up the group in August last year with the aim of re-enacting real historical events.

Ryan said: “My uncle, my dad and I decided to set up Dead Leicester because we really wanted to create a project that educated people on the history of the city and incorporated as many theatrical devices as possible.”

Other locations visited on the tour include the famous St Mary de Castro church, The Guildhall and Leicester Castle.


The actors performing next to a statue of Richard III.

Each night there are displays of comedy, puppetry and even sword fighting, and there is a definite focus on the history of Richard III, with the storytellers delving into his journey after death.

Ryan added: “It is highly focused on the history of Richard III and goes into a huge amount of detail about his life, including a re-enactment of the battle of Bosworth and a ten-minute talk about his achievements at the very end of the tour.

“Even though we have only done three and still have 12 more to go, the tours have been very successful so far due to the large amount of people taking part and helping to bring Leicester’s historical figures back to life.”


The old streets of Leicester are explored in detail during the event.

Ryan will be interviewed by De Montfort University’s Demon FM radio station this Tuesday from 1-2pm and he urges everyone listening to go along to the tours.

To book tickets, please click here and if you require any more information, visit the website at www.deadleicester.co.uk.




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