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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.
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Itinerary for Jun 9 — Jun 17, 2014

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Day One: Monday, June 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: Tuesday, June 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: Wednesday, June 11 - Production briefing. Bakersfield at he Duchess Th...
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: Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre 7:30pm Kathleen Turner Lionel Ian McDiarmid Author Stephen Sachs Director Polly Teale Inspired by true events, this new play by Stephen Sachs asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. BAKERSFIELD MIST marks the return to the London stage of multi award-winner Kathleen Turner for the first time since her tour-de-force performance in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She will play opposite Olivier and Tony award-winner Ian McDiarmid (Life of Galileo, Faith Healer) directed by Evening Standard award-winner, Polly Teale. Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it's a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she's certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy, flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover.

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, June 12 - Backstage tour. Good Peole at the Noel Coward The...
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: Good People at the Noel Coward Theatre. 7:30pm. Due to overwhelming ticket demand Hampstead Theatre’s sell-out hit Good People, starring Imelda Staunton, will be transferring to the Noel Coward Theatre for a limited run. In South Boston you’re starting on the wrong side of the tracks, so just making ends meet will require all the energy you can muster. And when sharp-tongued single-mother Margie loses yet another job she’ll do anything it takes to pay the bills. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him – with unexpected results all round. David Lindsay-Abaire’s funny and tender drama explores how even if you live on the brink, destiny can have a way of surprising you. David won the Pulitzer Prize for his critically acclaimed Rabbit Hole, which also earned several Tony Award nominations – his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole starred Nicole Kidman. Jonathan Kent makes his Hampstead Theatre debut. His numerous directing credits include Sweeney Todd and Private Lives (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End). Between 1990 and 2002 Jonathan was joint Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, which he founded as a full-time producing theatre. Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton returns to Hampstead Theatre for the first time in 20 years. Recent theatre credits include Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End) and A Delicate Balance (Almeida Theatre). Film credits include the BAFTA winning Vera Drake, Sense and Sensibility, Shakespeare in Love and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lloyd Owen makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead Theatre following Loyalty in 2011. Recent theatre credits include NT50, Blood & Gifts, and Paul (National Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi). TV and Film credits include Monarch of the Glen (BBC) and Apollo 18. Running time is approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes including a 20 minute interval

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, June 13 - Performance. Good People at the Noel Coward Thea...
Breakfast: Full English and Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: 20th Century Theatre.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Another Country at the Trafalgar Studios. 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 ‘A topping revival’ Daily Express ‘Rob Callender...exuberant, splendid’ Evening Standard ‘Setting and performances are immaculate.. Jeremy Herrin handles the cast superbly. Rob Callender is a treat’ Times

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, June 14 - Theatre workshop. King Lear at the National Thea...
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: King Lear at the National Theatre. 7:30pm An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Simon Russell Beale, whose recent appearances at the National include Timon of Athens and Collaborators, takes the title role in Shakespeare’s tragedy. 3 Hours and 25 minutes including an interval

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, June 15 - Morning Concert at Wigmore Hall
Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Concert at the Wigmore Hall 11:30am. Jean-Guihen Queyras cello Alexandre Tharaud piano Programme Marais Suite in D minor from Pièces de violes 3e livre Bach Sonata No. 3 in G minor BWV1029 Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor Op. 38 About this concert There are strong serendipities at work in this programme. Johann Sebastian Bach studied Marin Marais’s works during his schooldays in Lüneburg and put their lessons to good use almost four decades later in his own Sonatas for viola da gamba and continuo. Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud conclude their recital with Brahms’s First Cello Sonata of 1862–5, which refers back to Bach’s The Art of Fugue.

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, June 16 - Round up with a major theatre critic/Relative Val...
Round up with a major theatre critic/Relative Values at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

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: Relative Values at the Harold Pinter Theatre 7:30pm With Patricia Hodge and Caroline Quentin Direted by Trevor Nunn One of Noël Coward’s most successful comedies. Set in the early 1950s, Relative Values is about the uproarious culture clash between the glittering world of Hollywood and the stiff upper lip of the English aristocracy. One of Noël Coward’s most successful comedies. Set in the early 1950s, Relative Values is about the uproarious culture clash between the glittering world of Hollywood and the stiff upper lip of the English aristocracy. There is consternation at Marshwood House when the young Earl announces he is to marry a Hollywood film actress...but the family is well and truly flummoxed when it comes to light that the starlet’s sister is none other than Moxie, the Earl’s mother’s maid. In an attempt to cope with this deeply embarrassing situation, Moxie is dressed up in her ladyship’s cast-offs as the aristocratic family endeavours to pass her off as one of their own.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Tuesday, June 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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14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
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