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Program #16794RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 30, 2014

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Day One: Monday, September 22 -
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, September 23 -
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, September 24 - Production briefing. Performance of King Charles ...
Production briefing. Performance of King Charles III at The Wyndhams Theatre

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: King Charles III at The Wyndhams Theatre: 7:30pm A future history play by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Rupert Goold Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Mike Bartlett's critically acclaimed new future history play King Charles III will transfer to the Wyndham's Theatre for a strictly limited season. The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Directed by the Almeida Theatre's artistic director Rupert Goold, this 'bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining new play' (The Independent) explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family. King Charles III is the fourth production to transfer from the Almeida Theatre to the West End with co-producer Sonia Friedman Productions, following Chimerica, Ghosts and 1984.

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, September 25 - Backstage tour. Performance of Ballyturk at the N...
Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

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

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Included.

Evening: Ballyturk at the National Theatre Lyttleton Theatre: 7:30pm The lives of two men unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes. Where are they? Who are they? What is this room, and what might be beyond the walls? Gut-wrenchingly funny, achingly sad and featuring jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy, Ballyturk is an ambitious and tender new work by Enda Walsh (Misterman, The Walworth Farce). Cillian Murphy returns to the National following his electrifying solo performance in Misterman. He is joined by Enda Walsh’s long-time collaborator Mikel Murfi, and the internationally acclaimed Stephen Rea.

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, September 26 - Performance of Teh Internet is Serious Business a...
Performance of Teh Internet is Serious Business at The Royal Court Theatre

Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: 20th Century Theatre.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Teh Internet is Serious Business at The Royal Court Theatre 7:30pm By Tim Price “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.” A 16-year-old London schoolboy and an 18-year-old recluse in Shetland meet online, pick a fight with the FBI and change the world forever. Tim Price gets behind the code with the original Anonymous members and creates an anarchic retelling of the birth of hacktivism. A fictional account of the true story of Anonymous and LulzSec, the collective swarm who took on the most powerful capitalist forces from their bedrooms. Tim Price, author of Protest Song about the Occupy movement and National Theatre of Wales’ The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning continues his interrogation of contemporary revolutions. Tim Price’s theatre credits include: Protest Song at The Shed at the National Theatre, I’m With The Band directed by Hamish Pirie at the Traverse, Praxis Makes Perfect (with Neon Neon, at National Theatre Wales), Demos at the Traverse, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning for National Theatre Wales, For Once for Pentabus and Hampstead Theatre, tour), Salt Root and Roe, as part of the Donmar Warehouse’s Trafalgar Studio season, which was nominated for an Olivier Award and Will and George. Hamish Pirie is Associate Director at the Royal Court and this will be the first time he has directed here. He has worked with Tim Price on three of his shows, directing I’m With The Band and Demos at the Traverse, Edinburgh (where he was previously Associate Director) and Salt Root and Roe for the Donmar Warehouse’s Trafalgar Studio season. This play is a fictional account which has been inspired by a true story. Some of the incidents, characters and time lines have been changed for dramatic purposes. In some cases fictitious characters and incidents have been added to the plot, and the words are those imagined by the author. The play should not be understood as a biography or factual account.

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, September 27 - Theatre workshop. Performance of Great Britain at...
Theatre workshop. Performance of Great Britain at The Theatre Royal Haymarket

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a unique hands-on theatre workshop-Producing, Directing or Playwriting.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Great Britain at Theatre Royal Haymarket 7:30pm A new play by Richard Bean Directed by Nicholas Hytner Transferring from the National Theatre, Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Welcome to The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Laughter-making on an industrial scale.’ Independent ‘A timely look at the tangled relationship between the press, politicians and the police. It’s barbed and very funny.’ Evening Standard ‘Blessedly funny. Bracing topicality. Richard Bean doesn’t do things by halves.’ Guardian ‘Laughter-making on an industrial scale. The NT is on exhilarating and exemplary form.’ Independent ‘Terrific acting and slick direction. Bluntly entertaining comedy.’Telegraph ‘Astounding. The most detailed stage satire I have ever seen.’Financial Times ‘A good night for theatre, a bad night for red tops.’ Independent ‘The laughs come thick and fast from the first minute.’ Libby Purves

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, September 28 - Concert performance by the Nash Ensemble at Wigmo...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall 11:30am Programme Martinu La Revue de Cuisine (The Kitchen Revue) Dvorák Piano Quartet in Eb Op. 87 The Nash Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary Series begins with a programme reflecting the group’s expertise in Czech music: the Suite from Martinus 1927 ‘jazz ballet’ La Revue de Cuisine, with its Tango and Charleston, followed by Dvorák’s Second Quartet for piano and strings, with its variegated colours and warm melodies.

Lunch: Post-Concert lunch at the 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, September 29 - Round up with a major theatre critic. Performance...
Round up with a major theatre critic. Performance of Shakespeare in Love at The Noel Coward Theatre

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in th hotel.

Morning: Field trip to London's vibrant Bankside and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Exhibition. The field trip begins at 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: The field trip continues to The 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 afternoon activities continue with a critical round-up at the hotel. 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: Shakespeare in Love at The Noel Coward Theatre: 7:30pm 'I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.' Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he finds his muse in the form of passionate noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love draws many others, including Queen Elizabeth, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. Based on the Oscar-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). The production is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl. This sweeping romantic comedy will transport you back to Shakespeare's London, teeming with vibrant colours, characters, music and life. The running time of Shakespeare In Love is approximately 2 hours 40 minutes including interval.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Tuesday, September 30 -
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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14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
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