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Last updated 20/05/2013
Mobile: 07989 200935
Year qualified: 2004
Native language: English
Biography: I am a Londoner born and bred & have been a professional actor in theatre and television for over 25 years - very much at home with small personal groups & large 'audiences' I have a relaxed and entertaining approach. I have an outgoing, amiable personality and while I research my material thoroughly and well, my presentations are spontaneous, conversational & informal. I am easy going, calm, flexible and adaptable, as well as being un-phased in a crisis. I have also worked substantially in the corporate and business community as a presenter, trainer and facilitator.
Being a Blue Badge guide gives me an enormous amount of pleasure and I try to pass this on to my groups. I always have great feedback & their enjoyment and care are my first concern.
Tvlexperts@aol.com - Travel with Experts, Atlanta: 'John Ashton, our guide was remarkable. His wealth of knowledge, stories and presence endeared him to everyone in the group. Given the hectic schedule of our day trip out of the city, he managed it expertly, got us to see more than even I expected and got us back into town right on schedule. John bonded with the group and clearly was our best asset on the scene. He is a joy and a pleasure to work with and I will insist on him for future tours of London. In all I would rate the trip a 9.5 out of 10 .. and John made the difference .. kudos to the man .. and to you for finding him.'
Region for which accredited: London
London sites for which accredited: British Library, British Museum, City of London, Docklands, Greenwich, Hampton Court Palace, National Gallery, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tower of London, Victoria & Albert Musm., Westminster Abbey
Sites outside London for which accredited: Bath, Oxford, Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor Castle
Special interests: My theatre background gives me a particular interest in Shakespeare, British Theatre, it's development & history
Walking tours: Southwark & Bankside, The City, Spitalfields, Dickens, Holborn, Wapping, Mayfair, Clerkenwell, Jack the Ripper, The Beatles in London, Greenwich, Docklands
Lectures given: Any of the standard sites, plus Theatre History & development, William Shakespeare, Southwark and Bankside, Jack the Ripper