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Program #16794RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active (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.
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.
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Itinerary for Jan 9 — Jan 17, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, January 09 -
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: Friday, January 10 -
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: Saturday, January 11 - Production briefing. Performance at the Hampstead...
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: Drawing the Line at the Hampstead Theatre 7:30pm By Howard Brenton Directed by Howard Davies London, 1947. Summoned by the Prime Minister from the Court where he is presiding judge, Cyril Radcliffe is given an unlikely mission. He is to travel to India, a country he has never visited, and, with limited survey information, no expert support and no knowledge of cartography, he is to draw the border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new Sovereign Dominions. To make matters even more challenging, he has only six weeks to complete the task. Wholly unsuited to his role, Radcliffe is unprepared for the dangerous whirlpool of political intrigue and passion into which he is plunged – untold consequences may even result from the illicit liaison between the Leader of the Congress Party and the Viceroy’s wife… As he begins to break under the pressure he comes to realise that he holds in his hands the fate of millions of people.

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: Sunday, January 12 - Concert at Wigmore Hall.
Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

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

Lunch: Excluded.

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

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Pavel Kolesnikov at the Wigmore Hall 7:30pm Performers Pavel Kolesnikov piano Programme Rameau • From Pièces de clavecin: o Tambourin o La villageoise o Le rappel des oiseaux o and Les niais de Sologne • from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: Gavotte with 6 doubles Debussy Images, Series 1 Chopin • Nocturne in C# minor Op. posth • Nocturne in Db Op. 27 No. 2 • Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58 About this concert The Daily Telegraph describes Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov’s playing as having ‘brilliance, but also a caressing, almost sly intimacy’. Kolesnikov was named Honens Prize Laureate in 2012 and makes his Wigmore Hall debut in a programme featuring Chopin’s dramatic Third Sonata.

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: Monday, January 13 - Musical 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: Once the Musical at the Phoenix Theatre 7:30pm The hit Broadway musical Once, after the production won eight Tony Awards including Best New Musical, Best Book, and Best Director. Based on the 2006 independent film of the same name, Once tells the story of an Irish guy and an Eastern European girl who meet in Dublin. Both musicians, their love affair is told through songs they write for one another in a traditional Irish pub. Just as the film grew a cult following, the musical has drawn audiences to its simple story and charming melodies. The Broadway production also won a Tony for its set, designed by Bob Crowley. Minimalist in style, it consists of a bar onstage which can be accessed by the audience during the interval. The bar is surrounded by chairs and the actors never leave the stage, instead playing musical instruments when they are not in a scene. The music and lyrics are written by the same team that scored the film, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. They won an Academy Award for the song “Falling Slowly.” The musical features a book by Irish playwright Enda Walsh. His plays, frequently produced in London, include Disco Pigs, Misterman, and Penelope. The production is directed by John Tiffany. The cast of the London production includes: Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešic as the Guy and Girl at the centre of the story. Bennett has starred in Broadway productions such as Rent and American Idiot and makes his West End debut in Once. Cvitešic has acted with the Croatian National Theatre since 2005. Further cast members for the London production include: Gareth O’Connor (Eamon), Gabriel Vick (Emcee), Valda Aviks (Baruska), Ryan Fletcher (Svec), Aidan Kelly (Billy), Jos Slovick (Andre), Michael O’Connor (Da), Miria Parvin (Ex Girlfriend), Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Reza) and Jez Unwin (Bank Manager).

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: Tuesday, January 14 - Theatre workshop. Performance at the National The...
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: From Morning to Midnight at the National Theatre 7:30pm Original written by George Kaiser, new version by Dennis Kelly Knocked for six by his lust for an exotically perfumed woman from Florence, a trusted bank clerk of twenty-five years’ standing shoves a stolen fortune in his pocket and runs to her hotel, where his ludicrous advances are rejected. But, he’s broken free and there’s no turning back. He ditches his family and their bourgeois existence to embark on a roller-coaster odyssey, scouring the city’s senseless entertainments in an increasingly disillusioned search of an experience worth buying and a reason for living. I am a changed man! I have sixty thousand marks and I’m going to decide for myself what is and isn’t pointless so to hell with you! Georg Kaiser’s masterpiece From Morning to Midnight (1912), in a new version by Dennis Kelly, explores the tragedy of an ordinary man who steps outside his humdrum life and, over the course of one crazy, alienating day, destroys himself

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: Wednesday, January 15 - Backstage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Perfor...
Backstage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Performance at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Backstage tour of the famous West End theatre-The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Go behind the scenes to see the auditoriums, front-of-house, scenic workshops and backstage technical areas.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre 7:30pm Mojo reunites two of British theatre's great collaborators, writer Jez Butterworth and director Ian Rickson who, as well as the original production of Mojo, gave us the multi award-winning, West End and Broadway hit Jerusalem and the critically acclaimed The River. Rickson returns to Mojo fresh from successes with Old Times and Betrayal. This fast-paced, savagely funny play centres on gangsterly goings-on in Soho's sleazy Atlantic Club. It's summer 1958. Would-be rock 'n' roll star Silver Johnny is heading fameward, and his manager Ezra, who also owns the Atlantic Club, is protecting his protégé from the amorous advances of creepy local gangster/entrepreneur Sam Ross. Unfortunately for Ezra, Ross has determined that the only way to remove the opposition involves sawing Ezra in half, kidnapping Silver Johnny and throwing the fate of the Atlantic Club to the lions.

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: Thursday, January 16 - Round up with a major theatre critic. Performance...
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 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: Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic 7:30pm. Mike Poulton’s adaptation of Turgenev’s savagely funny play, Fortune’s Fool, is directed by Lucy Bailey, in this new production which stars Iain Glen and Richard McCabe. A pair of newlyweds arrive at their country estate to be welcomed by Kuzovkin (Iain Glen), the penniless gentleman-in-residence. Their wealthy and mischievous neighbour Tropatchov (Richard McCabe) calls by for a seemingly innocent celebratory lunch. Fuelled by champagne the proceedings degenerate, leading to a shocking revelation with far-reaching consequences. Fortune’s Fool was last produced on Broadway in 2002 with Alan Bates and Frank Langella, both winning Tony Awards. This Old Vic production of Fortune’s Fool marks its West End debut.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Friday, January 17 -
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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