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Program #16794RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active (Variable by Program Date)
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Itinerary for May 13 — May 21, 2013

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Day One: Monday, May 13 -
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 14 -
Arrive To: London. Individual car transfers to the hotel.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.

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 15 - Production briefing.
Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

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

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Relatively Speaking at the Wyndams Theatre 7:30pm By Alan Ayckbourn Felicity Kendal, Kara Tointon, Max Bennett and Jonathan Coy star in Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy, Relatively Speaking at the Wyndham’s Theatre directed by Lindsay Posner. In Relatively Speaking Greg only met Ginny a month ago but has already made up his mind that she's the girl for him. When she tells him that she's going to visit her parents, he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter's hand. Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to Buckinghamshire where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden, but the only thing is – they're not Ginny's parents. Relatively Speaking was Alan Ayckbourn's first great West End success and turned him into a household name. When the show opened at the Duke of York's Theatre in 1967, the critics hailed the arrival of a great new comic talent. 2 hours including an interval

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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 Four: Thursday, May 16 - Backstage tour.
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: In the hotel.

Evening: Following a sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the stunning musical revival of Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth embarks on an exclusive 12 week season at the Harold Pinter theatre from 23 April. 7:45pm This 'dazzling' (D Telegraph) five star hit has been thrilling audiences with its 'electrically alive' (Independent) performances. Winner of the 2012 Critics’ Circle Best Musical award, this show is a must-see production Triple Olivier award-winner Maria Friedman makes an extraordinary directorial debut, with outstanding performances from a flawless cast, including Mark Umbers - ‘Impeccably played’ (Guardian), Damian Humbley - ‘Terrific’ (Independent) and Olivier award-winner Jenna Russell - ‘Superb’ (Financial Times). Set over three decades in the entertainment business Merrily We Roll Along charts the turbulent relationship between three friends Franklin, Charley and Mary. Starting in 1980 and travelling backwards in time, this powerful and moving story features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs including Good Thing Going, Not a Day Goes By and Old Friends.

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 17 - Performance.
Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: "20th Century Theatre".

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Passion Play by Peter Nichols at the Duke of York's Theatre. Directed by David Leveaux. 7:30pm. Spring 2013 sees multi Olivier Award-winner Zoë Wanamaker return to the West End in Passion Play, Peter Nichols’ celebrated black comedy about love and infidelity. Comfortably married for 25 years, James and Eleanor’s world is upended when James agrees to a secret rendezvous with their recently widowed friend Kate. As the lies mount up, the affair strips the marriage bare and reveals the illicit desires and hidden passions that lie beneath the everyday facade. A glorious meeting of humour, eroticism and duplicity, this modern classic and winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play makes a much-anticipated return to the West End, reuniting Director David Leveaux (Arcadia, The Late Middle Classes, Betrayal) with Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter, BBC1’s My Family and most recently in the West End in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons) for the first time since their Olivier Award-winning collaboration on Electra (Donmar Warehouse/Broadway)

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 18 - Theatre workshop
Breakfast: Full English 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. Welcome & introduction, warm up followed by "Choices"-Using very simple pieces of text (e.g. the classic “Hello” / “You’re late” / “I know”), shown how they can be used to influence the audience’s experience and create radically different theatrical scenarios. This will be through a mixture of demonstration by the workshop leaders and practical experience by volunteers from the group. Part Two: Directing. Participants will be split into groups and given 15 minutes to read, discuss and rehearse a short scene from a classic play. The group will choose actors from amongst themselves, and stage the scene bearing in mind the concepts examined in part one. The workshop leaders will facilitate these discussions. Wrap Up.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Children of the Sun at the Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre. A new version by Andrew Upton. Maxim Gorky’s darkly comic play is set in Russia as the country rolls towards revolution. It depicts the new middle-class, foolish yet likable, as they flounder about, philosophising and flirting, blind to their impending annihilation. They are massing. The crowds of angry people. And the hate between us all kills everything. Protasov wants only to immerse himself in chemical experiments to perfect mankind. He’s oblivious to the advances of the half-crazed widow and his best friend’s pursuit of his wife, let alone the cholera epidemic and the starving mob. His admiring circle, variously sceptical and lovesick, spar over culture and the cosmos. Only Liza feels the peasants’ suffering and senses their own privileged world is in jeopardy

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 19 - Concert
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Concert at Wigmore Hall 11:30am. Mozart Piano Quartet. Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb K493 Schumann Piano Quartet in Eb Op. 47 Founded in 1997, the Mozart Piano Quartet is renowned for its acute sense of tonal variety, refined blend and natural phrasing. The Strad has written of the ‘freshness and spontaneity that sparkle in everything they play’, a verdict echoed in reviews all the way from San Jose to Sydney. The concert is one hour with no interval.

Lunch: Excluded.

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
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 20 - Round up with a major theatre critic.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the 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 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: The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan at the Old Vic. 7:30pm. Terence Rattigan’s compelling drama The Winslow Boy comes to The Old Vic stage following the success of Cause Célèbre. Driven by a passionate belief in justice whatever the personal cost, Arthur Winslow sets out to prove his son’s innocence when he is accused of theft. This moving story pits the rights of the individual against the will of the state. A fight for truth, played out under the media spotlight, tests one family to its very limit. Terence Rattigan is one of England’s greatest playwrights. His many plays include French Without Tears, After the Dance, Flare Path, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea, Man and Boy and Cause Célèbre. Directed by Olivier award-winner Lindsay Posner whose credits include Noises Off (The Old Vic, West End and UK tour) Abigail’s Party, A View from the Bridge, Butley and Carousel (West End). The cast includes Sia Berkeley, Deborah Findlay, Naomi Frederick, Henry Goodman, Nick Hendrix, Stephen Joesph, Wendy Nottingham, Charlie Rowe, Peter Sullivan, Richard Teverson and Jay Villiers.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Tuesday, May 21 -
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

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7 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
6 Performances

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