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Program #16794RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Itinerary for May 12 — May 20, 2014

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Day One: Monday, May 12 -
In Transit: Overnight flight to London.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located close to West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
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, May 13 -
Arrive To: London. Individual car transfers to the hotel.

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

Afternoon: Welcome meeting with the course director at 5:00pm in the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

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

Description: Located close to West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
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, May 14 - Production briefing/Another Country at the Trafal...
Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: "Shakespeare's World" followed by a production briefing on tonight's performance.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Theatre performance. Another Country Trafalgar Studios 7:30pm. What would lead a man to betray his country? What would lead a boy to betray his friends? In Julian Mitchell’s award-winning Another Country, which won an Olivier Award for Play of the Year and helped launch the careers of Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, these questions become fatally entwined. Another Country follows a company of public schoolboys through a summer term in the early 1930s where Bennett and Judd are both outsiders; one coming to terms with his homosexuality, the other already a committed Marxist. But the Establishment has traditional ways of dealing with rebels and when a scandal rocks the school, the young men must confront their beliefs and make choices which will have a momentous impact on their lives and on the future of their country. Another Country balances subtle wit and thought-provoking drama in a fictionalised account of the youth of such people as the spy Guy Burgess and the Communist John Cornford, who died in the Spanish Civil War. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Uncle Vanya and South Downs (also West End) for Chichester. He is Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre where his credits include That Face. Other credits include This House for the National Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare’s Globe, and the forthcoming Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the RSC. The cast features: Will Attenborough (Judd), Rob Callender (Bennett), Cai Brigden (Delahay), Mark Donald (Devenish), Dario Coates (Sanderson), Bill Milner (Wharton), James Parris (Menzies), Julian Wadham (Vaughan Cunningham) and Mark Quartley (Barclay) with further casting to be announced. Design is by Peter McKintosh, with lighting design by Paul Pyant and sound design by Fergus O'Hare

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

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

Description: Located close to West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
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, May 15 - Backstage tour/ The Silver Tassie at the National...
Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Backstage tour of a flagship West End theatre. Go behind the scenes to see the auditoriums, front-of-house, scenic workshops and backstage technical areas.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Lecture: History of London's Theatre 1660-20th Century.

Dinner: Included.

Evening: Theatre performance. The Silver Tassie National Theatre 7:30pm By Sean O’Casey Starring Ronan Raftery as Harry Heegan, Aidan McArdle as Sylvester Heegan and Josie Walker as Mrs HeeganDirected by Howard Davies Peppered with acrid wit and dark vaudeville humour, Sean O’Casey’s powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928 displays a jagged madness that belies its Dublin tenement setting and gives full expression to the horror and waste of war. Ireland, World War One. Dashing Harry Heegan leads his football team to victory, arriving home in swaggering celebration before he grabs his kit and heads for the trenches. A nightmare world awaits. The men, reduced to cannon-fodder, speak in mangled incantations as the casualties stack up. Months later, Harry returns, a cripple at the football club party. Everyone but the shattered war veterans dances and forgets.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

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

Description: Located close to West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
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, May 16 - Other Desert Cities at the Old Vic.
Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: 20th Century Theatre.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Theatre performance. Other Desert Cities Old Vic 7:30pm By John Robin Baitz Directed by Lindsay Posner Starring Sinead Cusack, Peter Egan, Clare Higgins, Daniel Lapaine, Martha Plimpton Pulitzer Prize finalist and creator of hit TV series, Brothers & Sisters and contributor on The West Wing, Jon Robin Baitz has taken America by storm with his Broadway debut. Other Desert Cities, an acidly witty and deeply affecting tour de force, melds the political and personal with electrifying results. Nominated for five Tony Awards, the award-winning play now makes its UK premiere at The Old Vic with Lindsay Posner (Noises Off and The Winslow Boy) returning to direct this stellar cast. It’s Christmas Eve in Palm Springs. Novelist Brooke Wyeth is back home to celebrate the holidays with her well-heeled parents, brother and aunt. But the long-awaited reunion is soon set alight by a bombshell – Brooke is to publish a tell-all memoir. Exposing the most painful chapter of the Wyeths’ buried past and threatening to destroy everything her famous parents hold dear, Brooke’s revelation pushes fractured family relations to the point of no return.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

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

Description: Located close to West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
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, May 17 - Theatre workshop/Birdland at the Royal Court
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a unique hands-on theatre workshop. The Rehearsal Room – a practical workshop. Workshop objectives: To provide an engaging, practical and fun introduction to the process of rehearsing theatre. To demonstrate that the rehearsal room is a space for exploration and a safe place to try out alternatives away from an audience. To highlight the range of choices actors and directors have available to them when approaching text. Workshop leader: Andrew Pugsley Andrew studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. As a performer he has recently been working with ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’ on the West End and on BBC Radio 4. He teaches acting and improvisation classes, most recently at The Bridge Drama School and with opera and musical theatre students at The Advanced Performer’s Studio. He runs workshops on creativity and communication for corporate clients, and has also worked with aspiring film makers, facilitating workshops at the London Film School. www.andrewpugsley.com

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Theatre perfomance. Birdland Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs 7:30pm By Simon Stephens The cast has been announced for Simon Stephens’ new play Birdland at the Royal Court Theatre in London which looks at fame, money and an out-of-control front man. The full cast is Nikki Amuka-Bird, Daniel Cerqueira, Yolanda Kettle, Alex Price, Charlotte Randle and Andrew Scott. “Everything can be quantified. All worth can be quantified. Artistic worth. Human worth. Material worth. Everything. Some food is simply better than other food. Isn’t it? Some clothes are better than other clothes. Aren’t they?” The last week of a massive international tour and rock star Paul (Andrew Scott), is at the height of his fame. Everybody knows his name. Whatever he wants he can have. He can screw anybody he wants to. He can buy anything he desires. He can eat anything. Drink anything. Smoke anything. Go anywhere. As the inevitability of the end of the road looms closer, and a return home becomes a reality, for Paul, the music is starting to jar. A piercing new play looking at empathy, money and fame.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located close to West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
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, May 18 - Allegria String Quatertet at Wigmore Hall.
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Allegri String Quartet Wigmore Hall 11:30am Programme Beethoven String Quartet in D Op. 18 No. 3 Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11 About this concert Renowned for graceful, elegant and intense performances, the Allegri String Quartet returns to Wigmore Hall as part of the group’s 60th anniversary season. The ensemble presents a rich and colourful programme, contrasting the first string quartets ever written by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. This concert will be approximately one hour in duration with no interval.

Lunch: Post concert lunch in Wigmore Hall.

Afternoon: Field trip to the nation's treasure house the V&A- to view the Theatre Galleries.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

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

Description: Located close to West End.

Contact info:
130 Tottenham Court Road
London., W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
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, May 19 - Round up with a major theatre critic/Angela Lansb...
Round up with a major theatre critic/Angela Lansbury in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Thetare.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in th hotel.

Morning: Field trip to London's vibrant Bankside and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Exhibition. Founded by the pioneering American actor/director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work, and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of education and performance. Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote. Find out about extravagant Elizabethan costumes, Renaissance instruments and how they were used, and the dramatic stories of the first Globe crossing the Thames, and the new Globe being reconstructed on Bankside. See the costume collection which explains the process of designing, making and fitting costumes for Shakespeare’s stage, and for the productions at the new Globe. In Special Effects Touch screens bring to life the last word in Elizabethan special effects. See and hear the kinds of instruments that Feste first sang to, or those that played the dead Hamlet off the stage. See a full-size recreation of a 17th-century printing press. The field trip continues on to the Tate Modern--the gallery of international modern art situated on Bankside. Tate Modern displays the Tate collection of international modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the modern day. Tate Modern is more than just an art gallery. The amazing space of the Turbine Hall - has housed a succession of installations which have caught the imagination of the public.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Critical round-up. Meet with a leading theatre critic such as Benedict Nightingale of the Times or Kate Basett of the Independent on Sunday and discuss the shows you've seen. Farewell meeting.

Dinner: In the hotel with the course director.

Evening: Theatre performance. Blithe Spirit Gielgud Theatre 7:30pm Theatre legend, Oscar-winner and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the West End this spring for the first time in nearly forty years, in a new production of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. Angela will reunite with director Michael Blakemore to reprise her 2009 Tony Award-winning role as Madame Arcati. Angela, whose stage and screen career spans seven decades, is known to millions as the much-loved Jessica Fletcher from the hit TV series Murder She Wrote, as well as her numerous roles on Broadway, in the West End and on film. Angela will be joined on stage by Janie Dee, Charles Edwards and Jemima Rooper. Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine (Charles Edwards) invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati (Angela Lansbury) to his house for a séance. Whilst consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles' dead wife Elvira (Jemima Rooper). Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles' new wife Ruth (Janie Dee). One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air - who will win in Coward's unworldly comedy? Be spirited away this spring with a performance not to be missed.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Tuesday, May 20 -
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Car transfers to the airports for return flights to North America.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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