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The History and Craft of Theater With Giles Ramsay

Program Number: 19347RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/3/2013 - 1/11/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: England, UK:England
Price starting at: $2,330.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Sample some of the best that the theater has to offer as English director and producer Giles Ramsay leads you on a historic and entertaining adventure into the heart of London’s theater district. From Greek tragedies to Shakespeare to modern productions, learn how plays and musicals are developed from an idea to the stage. As a special feature, join espionage expert and historian Nigel West for an intriguing discussion on “the psychopathology of spies and actors."




Highlights

• Attend three performances in the heart of London’s theater district, the West End.
• Enjoy a privileged backstage exploration of the National Theatre.
• Meet a top London theater critic who offers his opinion on the plays you’ve seen and the current state of London theater.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing for up to three hours at a time. Stairs at historic theaters.



This program is being offered concurrently with “The History and Craft of Spying With Nigel West” (#19346), so couples or groups can enroll in the one that interests them. There are shared program elements and both programs use the same accommodations.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival London, 7 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival London
7 nights
Departure

Under the expert leadership of Giles Ramsay, delve into the fascinating history of the theater, from Greek tragedies to medieval theater to how the works of William Shakespeare have shaped modern storytelling and productions. A special field trip brings you backstage at the flagship National Theatre. Attend three productions in the West End and meet a renowned theater critic for his take on London theater. Learn the ins and outs of directing and producing a play. Special joint lectures with intelligence historian Nigel West offer comparisons between the worlds of acting and espionage.”




England

It was the seat of an empire on which the sun never set. It has been Merry, Dickensian and Victorian. It has given us common law, Shakespeare, tennis, the Rolls-Royce and the Beatles. England and its people have played an outsize role in shaping world history. It is a country whose past, politics, culture and characters never cease to captivate.



Accommodations
Four-star hotel near London’s West End.
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.
  London, England, UK:England 7 nights
 Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  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
  Additional nights after:  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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch will be served in the hotel on arrival day. The welcome meeting will be at 5:00pm in the hotel. You will be staying at Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. You will be staying at Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: See above.
To Start of Program
  Location:  London, England
  Nearest city or town:  London.
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow and Gatwick.
  Transportation to site: Program Only Participants (POP) will be transferred on group arrival day to London Heathrow so long as they complete the Participant Information Form found within the program materials and are arriving/departing on the group travel dates. Nearest underground is Warren Street-adjacent to the hotel on the Victoria and Northern lines. Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington and a taxi from there. The Heathrow Express is a fast and frequent train service from Heathrow terminals to Paddington. Trains run every 15 minutes and the journey time from Heathrow Central for Terminals 1 and 3 is 15 minutes; passengers at Terminal 4 may use the free transfer shuttle Heathrow Connect to Heathrow Central; 21 minutes from Terminal 5. Fares start at £16.50 for a single and £32 for a return. Tickets may be purchased at the station or via the web www.heathrowexpress.com/Home From Gatwick take the Gatwick Express to Victoria and a taxi from there. The Gatwick Express is a fast non-stop train service from South Terminal to Victoria. It runs every 15 minutes and takes 30 minutes. Fares are £16.90 single; £28.70 return. Tickets may be purchased at the station or via the web www.gatwickexpress.com
  From End of Program
  Location: London, England
  Transportation from site: Program Only Participants (POP) will be transferred on group departure day from London Heathrow so long as they complete the Participant Information Form found within the program materials and are arriving/departing on the group travel dates. Reverse arrival arrangements.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Thursday, January 3)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flight from North America.

Day 2:
(Friday, January 4)
   
 Arrive To: London.
 Morning: Check-in at the hotel.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free time until the welcome meeting at 5:00pm in the hotel with Giles Ramsay, your course director
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Giles Ramsay lectures on "Early Theatre". Evening theatre performance.
(Saturday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: 10:30am Explore the backstage life of the National Theatre. The National Theatre is a working building, producing around 20 new productions every year. Rehearsals, prop and costume-making all happen on site.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Giles Ramsay lectures on Nineteenth Century British Theatre and the Influence of Ibsen, Strindberg and Chechov.
 Dinner: Enjoy a pre-theatre dinner out in London with 19346.
 Evening: Theatre performance with 19346. "In the Republic of Happiness" by Martin Crimp at the Royal Court. The Royal Court Theatre is Britain's leading national company dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the UK and around the world. Artistic Director of the Royal Court Dominic Cooke directs the play. A family Christmas is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Uncle Bob. Who is he? Why has he come? Why does his wife stay out in the car? And what is the meaning of his long and outrageous message? All we can be sure of is that the world will never be the same again. A violent satire, In the Republic of Happiness is a provocative roll-call of contemporary obsessions.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Giles Ramsay on Elizabethan Cambridge Spies in drama.
(Sunday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Giles Ramsay lectures on "Men of Doubful Credit" Elizabethan Espionage-the First Cambridge Spy Ring.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Giles Ramsay lectures on "20th century theatre".
(Monday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: "A Romp through Twentieth Century British Theatre"
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: Theatre performance. "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Chekov at the Vaudeville Theatre. Laughter is a great healer. This autumn Ken Stott, Anna Friel and Sam West are united together on stage for the first time in one of Anton Chekhov's undisputed masterpieces, UNCLE VANYA. Adapted by Christopher Hampton, UNCLE VANYA uniquely blends sparkling wit and earthy humour to brilliant comic effect. Vanya (Ken Stott), Yelena (Anna Friel), Astrov (Samuel West) and Sonya are all in love, with the past, with ideals and with each other. As their universe shifts around them they struggle to keep their emotions at bay in this exquisitely evoked comedy of the trials and tribulations of the human condition. Directed by Lindsay Posner with designs by Christopher Oram, this new production is brought to you by the producers of ALL MY SONS and LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT. Anyone who has felt the whirlwind of love can't miss this first class revival of a treasured classic.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Joint discussion with Giles Ramsay and, guest lecturer, Nigel West on "The Psychopathology of Actors and Spies".
(Tuesday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Joint discussion with Giles Ramsay and, guest lecturer, Nigel West on "The Psychopathology of Actors and Spies".
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free afernoon.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: "How to Direct a Play and Why Bother in the First Place" . Theatre performance.
(Wednesday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: "How to put on a play and why do we bother?"
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free time.
 Dinner: Pre-theatre dinner out with 19346.
 Evening: Theatre performance with 19346. "The Magistrate" by Arthur Wing Pinero at the National Theatre. John Lithgow takes the title role in this fast, furious, brilliantly plotted farce set in Victorian London; he is joined by Nancy Carroll, returning to the NT following her Olivier award-winning performance in After the Dance. With his louche air and a developed taste for smoking, gambling, port and women, it’s hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that’s because he isn’t. Agatha his mother lopped five years from her true age and his when she married the amiable Posket. Well, when I heard the new dad was a police magistrate, I was scared. Said I to myself, “If I don’t mind my Ps and Qs, the Guv’nor – from force of habit – will fine me all my pocket-money.” The imminent arrival of Cis’ godfather sends Agatha incognito to the Hôtel des Princes to warn him of her deception. But it’s also where her son has cajoled his otherwise staid stepfather into joining him for a binge. High-spirited carousing leads to a police raid and a night of outrageous mishap as the trapped guests make desperate attempts to conceal themselves from the law and from each other. Indignities escalate at court the next day where Posket, the police magistrate, must preside.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Round up with a top theatre critic.
(Thursday, January 10)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Round up by a top national theatre critic in conversation with Giles Ramsay. Followed by a talk by Nigel West on the techniques of spying.
 Lunch: Excluded
 Afternoon: Free time. A farewell drinks reception of Giles Ramsay's theatre programme and Nigel West's Spying programme will take place before dinner in the hotel.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9:
(Friday, January 11)
   
 Depart From: London for return flights to North America.
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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