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Program #16794RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy (Variable by Program Date)
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.
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Itinerary for Sep 30 — Oct 8, 2013

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Day One: Monday, September 30 -
In Transit: Overnight flight to London.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name chamge.

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: 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, October 01 -
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 Blu Grafton Hotel.

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

Description: Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name chamge.

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: 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, October 02 - 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: Performance.The Ladykillers at the Vaudeville Theatre, 7:45pm. The Ladykillers tells the classic black comedy tale of a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing.... Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but eccentric Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her unwittingly in Marcus' brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music? Starring Simon Day, Ralf Little, John Gordon Sinclair, Angela Thorne, Con O’Neill 2 hrs 15 mins with 1 interval

Lodging: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.

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

Description: Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name chamge.

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: 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, October 03 - 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 Theatre 1660-20th Century"

Dinner: Included.

Evening: Performance. William Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Globe. 7:30pm. 'Fair is foul, and foul is fair' When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown. From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches' prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination. This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging. Directed by Eve Best with Samantha Spiro as Ladyn Macbeth and Joesph Millson a Macbeth. Running time: 2 hours 30 mins (approx) including interval

Lodging: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.

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

Description: Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name chamge.

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: 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, October 04 - 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: Performance. Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen at the Almeida Thetare. 7:30pm. Richard Eyre directs his own adaptation of Ibsen's play with a cast led by Lesley Manville. Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of Alving’s dissolute life. Lesley Manville leads the cast as Helene in Richard Eyre’s new adaptation of Ibsen’s play. One of Britain’s most respected actresses, Lesley Manville was last seen on stage in the National Theatre’s 2012 production of Grief. Her recent screen credits include May Day (BBC) and the Mike Leigh film Another Year, for which she won numerous awards.

Lodging: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.

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

Description: Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name chamge.

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: 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, October 05 - Theatre workshop
Breakfast: Full English and 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. 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: Performance. Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre By Lucy Kirkwood. 7:30pm. Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, the critically-acclaimed of Chimerica transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre this summer for a strictly limited season. ‘A gloriously rich, astonishingly mind-expanding play. If we see a better new play this year, we’ll be extremely lucky’ Guardian Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe – a young American photojournalist – captures a piece of history. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper more than 20 years later, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive? Chimerica is a ‘stunning new play’ (Sunday Times) by Lucy Kirkwood (NSFW, Royal Court), with ‘breakneck direction’ by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Royal Court and West End). This provocative new play is a ‘triumph of storytelling’ (Time Out), which examines the changing fortunes of two countries whose futures will come to define our own.

Lodging: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name chamge.

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: 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, October 06 - Concert
Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Concert at Wigmore Hall. 11:30am. Pražák Quartet Programme Haydn String Quartet in Bb Op. 71 No. 1 Beethoven String Quartet in F Op. 59 No. 1 ‘Razumovsky’ About this concert Founded by a group of students at the Prague Conservatory in 1972, the Pražák Quartet has consistently flown the flag at home and abroad for the artistic virtues and timeless values of the Czech tradition of string quartet playing. For this Coffee Concert they turn to a pair of works blessed with an apparently inexhaustible supply of melodic invention and stimulating structural ingenuity.

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 Blu Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name chamge.

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: 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, October 07 - Round up with a major theatre critic.
Breakfast: Full English and Continental 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: Performance. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht at th Duchess Theatre. 7:30pm. Following a 2012 critically acclaimed sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will transfer to the Duchess Theatre in September with Henry Goodman once more in the title role. Arturo Ui is a funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler shot through with razor-sharp wit. Chicago in the 1930s, the Great Depression - a time of unemployment, fear and corruption, and the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big, to seize a greater power, an absolute power. Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui’s menacing shadow looms large, from the markets, to the docks and across the city itself. You might be with him, you might be against him - it certainly seems you can’t stop him. ????? ‘You simply can’t take your eyes off Goodman… He is horribly, hypnotically watchable’ The Daily Telegraph ???? ‘Jonathan Church’s breath-taking revival’ The Guardian

Lodging: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Tuesday, October 08 -
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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