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All the World’s a Stage: Intergenerational Theater in London

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Program #19399RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 24 — Jul 3, 2013

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Day One: Monday, June 24 -
In Transit: Overnight flights to London.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the eighteenth century when the Clarendon Hotel was built, Greenwich was one of the most powerful places in the world. The Clarendon is one of the finest Georgian hotels in South-East London, situated overlooking historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park. The hotel offers easy access to one of the world's most historic square miles with the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen's House and Henry VIII's Royal Deer Park. The centre of London and the West End are only a 20 minute train ride away.

Contact info:
Montpelier Row
Blackheath Village
London, SE3 ORW UK:England
phone: +44 020 8318 4321
web: www.clarendonhotel.com

Room amenities: Terrestrial and satellite television, direct-dial telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryers and radios. Complimentary WiFi .

Facility amenities: Meridian Restaurant and Chart Bar, Resident's Lounge. Room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, June 25 -
Arrive To: London.

Morning: Transfers to the hotel by car or MPV from London Heathrow only.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm.

Afternoon: Free time followed by a welcome meeting with your course director, group leader and student helpers.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: A fun and active drama workshop for the grandchildren. This workshop will be one of three during the course of the week that will specialize in training improvisation skills. Free time for the grandparents.

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the eighteenth century when the Clarendon Hotel was built, Greenwich was one of the most powerful places in the world. The Clarendon is one of the finest Georgian hotels in South-East London, situated overlooking historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park. The hotel offers easy access to one of the world's most historic square miles with the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen's House and Henry VIII's Royal Deer Park. The centre of London and the West End are only a 20 minute train ride away.

Contact info:
Montpelier Row
Blackheath Village
London, SE3 ORW UK:England
phone: +44 020 8318 4321
web: www.clarendonhotel.com

Room amenities: Terrestrial and satellite television, direct-dial telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryers and radios. Complimentary WiFi .

Facility amenities: Meridian Restaurant and Chart Bar, Resident's Lounge. Room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, June 26 - Reminiscence theatre workshops. Highlights of Lo...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Separate workshops for grandchildren and grandparents at the specialist charity Age Exchange. Age exchange is a leading charity in the field of reminiscence theatre, and has 27 years of experience of working collaboratively and running successful projects across all age ranges. age exchange is committed to providing opportunities for learning between generations. intergenerational programmes focus on reminiscence work and are designed to promote learning, understanding and creativity between generations. reminiscence theatre is a unique way of making theatre based on the life history and personal reminiscences of the participants. the course will include background to Reminiscence theatre, participation in workshops exploring making theatre from memories, guest speakers, theatre trips and social excursions plus the opportunity to work with members of the age exchange theatre culminating in an intergenerational theatre presentation. The benefits of reminiscence: · it connects the past with the present · it brings people and communities together · it helps us to see the other person’s point of view · it passes on heritage between generations · it is a gift we can all give and receive · it gives us a strong sense of who we are · it helps to us look back and reflect on life · it helps us to recognize people as individuals · we can learn from other people’s experiences

Lunch: Taken in Age Exchange.

Afternoon: Take a guided coach trip around the Highlights of London, noting the famous landmarks. Then enjoy some free time in cental London.

Dinner: Pre-theatre dinner in cental London.

Evening: John Buchan's 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow. 4 actors, 130 characters in 100 hilarious minutes. Based on Hitchcock's film, Richard Hannay must solve the 39 steps and aquit himself of murder and save King and Country. the smash hit Olivier Award Winning Best New Comedy. This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the eighteenth century when the Clarendon Hotel was built, Greenwich was one of the most powerful places in the world. The Clarendon is one of the finest Georgian hotels in South-East London, situated overlooking historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park. The hotel offers easy access to one of the world's most historic square miles with the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen's House and Henry VIII's Royal Deer Park. The centre of London and the West End are only a 20 minute train ride away.

Contact info:
Montpelier Row
Blackheath Village
London, SE3 ORW UK:England
phone: +44 020 8318 4321
web: www.clarendonhotel.com

Room amenities: Terrestrial and satellite television, direct-dial telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryers and radios. Complimentary WiFi .

Facility amenities: Meridian Restaurant and Chart Bar, Resident's Lounge. Room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, June 27 - Skills of Storytelling workshops. Musical theatr...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Separate workshops at Age Exchange for granchildren and grandparents on the Skills of Storytelling.

Lunch: At Age Exchange.

Afternoon: Coach into central London for a backstage tour at a major theatre such as the Thetare Royal Drury Lane followed by free time.

Dinner: Pre-theatre dinner.

Evening: Warhorse at the New London Theatre. 7:30pm. Based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo adapted by Nick Stafford In association with Handspring Puppet Company The international smash-hit stage production. The National Theatre's epic production is based on the celebrated novel by the Children's Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo. Actors working with magnificent, life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company lead us on a gripping journey through history. 2 hours and 40 minutes including an interval.

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the eighteenth century when the Clarendon Hotel was built, Greenwich was one of the most powerful places in the world. The Clarendon is one of the finest Georgian hotels in South-East London, situated overlooking historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park. The hotel offers easy access to one of the world's most historic square miles with the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen's House and Henry VIII's Royal Deer Park. The centre of London and the West End are only a 20 minute train ride away.

Contact info:
Montpelier Row
Blackheath Village
London, SE3 ORW UK:England
phone: +44 020 8318 4321
web: www.clarendonhotel.com

Room amenities: Terrestrial and satellite television, direct-dial telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryers and radios. Complimentary WiFi .

Facility amenities: Meridian Restaurant and Chart Bar, Resident's Lounge. Room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, June 28 - Greenwich.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Greenwich. Explore the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and Greenwich Park.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Field trip continues to the Old Royal Naval College, the great baroque masterpiece of English architecture, set in landscaped grounds on the River Thames in the centre of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. View the world's last tea clipper, Cutty Sark.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: The grandchildren will go ten pin bowling with the youth leader at the AMF Lewisham Bowling Centre. Grandparents may spend time by themselves or go bowling!

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the eighteenth century when the Clarendon Hotel was built, Greenwich was one of the most powerful places in the world. The Clarendon is one of the finest Georgian hotels in South-East London, situated overlooking historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park. The hotel offers easy access to one of the world's most historic square miles with the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen's House and Henry VIII's Royal Deer Park. The centre of London and the West End are only a 20 minute train ride away.

Contact info:
Montpelier Row
Blackheath Village
London, SE3 ORW UK:England
phone: +44 020 8318 4321
web: www.clarendonhotel.com

Room amenities: Terrestrial and satellite television, direct-dial telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryers and radios. Complimentary WiFi .

Facility amenities: Meridian Restaurant and Chart Bar, Resident's Lounge. Room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, June 29 - Tower of London.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Separate workshops at Age Exchange focusing on how to dramatise and perform memories.

Lunch: At Age Exchange.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Tower of London. In the early 1080s, William the Conqueror began to build a massive stone tower at the centre of his London fortress. Nothing like it had ever been seen before. Through the centuries that followed, successive monarchs added to the fortifications. The Tower has been the seat of British government and the living quarters of monarchs, the site of political intrigue and the repository of the Crown Jewels. The imposing building has protected, housed, imprisoned many citizens. See the Tower's highlights: The White Tower, the Medieval Palace, the Yeoman Wardens, the East Wall Walk, Tower Green and, of course, the Crown Jewels and it's most famous inhabitants -the ravens. Followed by some free time in central London.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Roald Dahl's Matilda: the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre. 7:30pm. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, with book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda is the captivating musical masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny. ‘It’s hard to imagine a show capturing the spirit of Roald Dahl’s literary world more perfectly than this one’ Observer In February 2012 Matilda The Musical picked up four awards at this year’s Whatsonstage.com awards including Best New Musical, Rob Howell for Best Set Designer, Peter Darling for Best Choreographer and Tim Minchin for the London Newcomer of the Year. The production went on to smash theatreland records when it scooped a total of seven awards at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, securing its place in the Book of Guinness World Records for Most Laurence Olivier award wins. Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the eighteenth century when the Clarendon Hotel was built, Greenwich was one of the most powerful places in the world. The Clarendon is one of the finest Georgian hotels in South-East London, situated overlooking historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park. The hotel offers easy access to one of the world's most historic square miles with the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen's House and Henry VIII's Royal Deer Park. The centre of London and the West End are only a 20 minute train ride away.

Contact info:
Montpelier Row
Blackheath Village
London, SE3 ORW UK:England
phone: +44 020 8318 4321
web: www.clarendonhotel.com

Room amenities: Terrestrial and satellite television, direct-dial telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryers and radios. Complimentary WiFi .

Facility amenities: Meridian Restaurant and Chart Bar, Resident's Lounge. Room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, June 30 - Improvisation for grandchilden. Wigmore Hall con...
Improvisation for grandchilden. Wigmore Hall concert for grandparents.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Grandchildren enjoy an improvisation workshop in the hotel. Grandparents go to historic Wigmore Hall for a concert late morning. 11:30pm. The Elias String Quartet at Wigmore Hall. Programme Mendelssohn String Quartet in Eb Op. 12 Britten String Quartet No. 3 Op. 94 About this concert Named for the German title of Mendelssohn’s impassioned oratorio Elijah, the Elias String Quartet has become synonymous with the composer’s works. They open their Coffee Concert with the String Quartet in E flat Op. 12, an extraordinarily inventive product of Mendelssohn’s famous visit to England and Scotland in 1829 and worthy companion to Britten’s last substantial composition.

Lunch: Grandchildren take lunch in the hotel. Grandparents take a late lunch in central London after the concert.

Afternoon: Grandchildren continue the workshop after lunch and perhaps play on the heath with the youth leader. Grandparents return to the hotel. Followed by free time to explore the village atmosphere of Blackheath.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Evening lecture for the grandparents on Shakespeare in preparation for tomorrow's performance. A drama workshop on improvisation for the grandchildren.

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the eighteenth century when the Clarendon Hotel was built, Greenwich was one of the most powerful places in the world. The Clarendon is one of the finest Georgian hotels in South-East London, situated overlooking historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park. The hotel offers easy access to one of the world's most historic square miles with the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen's House and Henry VIII's Royal Deer Park. The centre of London and the West End are only a 20 minute train ride away.

Contact info:
Montpelier Row
Blackheath Village
London, SE3 ORW UK:England
phone: +44 020 8318 4321
web: www.clarendonhotel.com

Room amenities: Terrestrial and satellite television, direct-dial telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryers and radios. Complimentary WiFi .

Facility amenities: Meridian Restaurant and Chart Bar, Resident's Lounge. Room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Eight: Monday, July 01 - Shakespeare at the Globe. the London Eye.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Workshop for both groups at Age Exchange – combined. Grandparents and grandchildren will start to share what they have learned in the course of the week. Exchanging ideas and experiences. Travel by boat up the River Thames from Greenwich to Westminster. Look across at Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for photo opportunities.

Lunch: Lunch out.

Afternoon: See London from another perspective-a bird's eye view-during a "ride" on the London Eye.

Dinner: Pre-performance dinner near to the Globe.

Evening: A performance of Midsummer Night's Dream at the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside. 7:30pm. 'The course of true love never did run smooth.' Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia… When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies. Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface. Michelle Terry won the 2011 Olivier Award for her portrayal of Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court). Michelle returns to the Globe having previously played the Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost (2007). This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: In the eighteenth century when the Clarendon Hotel was built, Greenwich was one of the most powerful places in the world. The Clarendon is one of the finest Georgian hotels in South-East London, situated overlooking historic Blackheath and Greenwich Park. The hotel offers easy access to one of the world's most historic square miles with the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen's House and Henry VIII's Royal Deer Park. The centre of London and the West End are only a 20 minute train ride away.

Contact info:
Montpelier Row
Blackheath Village
London, SE3 ORW UK:England
phone: +44 020 8318 4321
web: www.clarendonhotel.com

Room amenities: Terrestrial and satellite television, direct-dial telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryers and radios. Complimentary WiFi .

Facility amenities: Meridian Restaurant and Chart Bar, Resident's Lounge. Room service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Nine: Tuesday, July 02 - Final performance and DVD recording.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: All day workshops at Age Exchange prepare everyone for the late afternoon performance of their show!

Lunch: At Age Exchange.

Afternoon: Workshops continue. The Grande Finale: The Performance of the Show by grandchildren and grandparents. DVD recorded for everyone to take home.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Grandchildren improvisation presentation. Followed by farewells.

Lodging: The Clarendon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Wednesday, July 03 -
Depart From: London.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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