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An Insider's Perspective of London Theatre Aboard the Queen Mary 2

Program Number: 11996RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/21/2013 - 10/3/2013; 5/15/2014 - 5/27/2014; 6/12/2014 - 6/24/2014; 8/26/2014 - 9/8/2014; 9/26/2014 - 10/8/2014;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: United States/England
Price starting at: $4,429.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises; Independent City Discoveries
Meals: 30; 12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Get ready for an immersion into some of the best theater in the world, as you journey from New York City to London aboard the illustrious Queen Mary 2. Along the way, theater producer and director Giles Ramsay traces the development of productions from page to stage. In London, discover the renowned West End theater district as you enjoy four plays and take afternoon tea with a theater critic and an interactive theatre workshop with a theatre group. Probe the historic foundations of English theater and the art and craft of acting in this incomparable exploration of the dramatic arts.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to 2 hours/2 miles per day on city streets and in galleries. Many theatres and historic buildings in London have no elevators and are not accessible.



Details of selected performances are sent four weeks prior to departure date.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

New York City (U.S.A.), 1 night; aboard the Queen Mary 2, 7 nights; London (England), 4 nights.



Days 1-2:
Arrival New York City (U.S.A.) / embark Queen Mary 2

Lodging: Downtown Manhattan hotel.



Days 3-8:
At Sea:

Giles Ramsay, a theater professional experienced in acting, writing and directing, prepares you for an intensive performing arts experience in London. Discuss the art of theatre and the process of rehearsal from text to performance. Gain expert insight into the historic roots of English theater in medieval drama and the impact of the Reformation and Christopher Marlowe on the development of the English playhouse. Delve into the life and verse of Shakespeare and 20th-century luminaries such as Wilde, Coward, Pinter, Orton and Osborne.



Days 9-13:
Southampton (England) / disembark / coach via Winchester to London / departure:

London, a magnificent world city, is home to a vibrant performing arts scene. En route to the bright lights, visit the Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in England. Consider "the State of the Nation" with a top national journalist and take an insider's look at current theater performances and plays with a top London theater critic. Visit a London art gallery. Enjoy four plays that range from classical to popular, or to more contemporary and experimental. Take afternoon tea with a theatre critic and an interactive thetare workshop with a theatre group. Lodging: Four-star hotel near the West End.



Queen Mary 2

At 1,132 feet long and 131 feet wide and cruising at 28.5 knots, the Queen Mary 2 can carry 2,592 passengers. Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, theater, casino, gym, pool and more. Dining in the Britannia Restaurant.



Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Giles Ramsay

Giles Ramsay is a theater producer and director based in London. He has instructed on Road Scholar theater programs since the early 1990’s. Giles also develops new Road Scholar programs using the expertise and connections he’s cultivated as a student at the universities of Cambridge, London and Durham, a writer, director and producer of theater and an international drama advocate. Giles enjoys working with up-and-coming writers and directors and is founder of charity Developing Artists.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   New York Marriott Downtown
  New York, New York, USA 1 night
   Aboard The Queen Mary II
  Queen Mary II, USA 7 nights
   Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel
  London, UK:England 4 nights
 New York Marriott Downtown
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The only Marriott hotel centrally located in Lower Manhattan, New York City's Financial District, and within walking distance to Wall Street and NYSE.
  Contact info: 85 West Street at Albany Street
New York, NY 10006 USA
phone: 121-238-5490 x0
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycws-new-york-marriott-downtown/
  Room amenities: This hotel near Wall Street features 497 newly renovated guest rooms, including 7 suites. Hotel rooms offer the new Revive bed, 300 thread-count linens, down comforters and marble bathrooms. Some guest rooms offer views of the Statue of Liberty, New York City Harbor, or Wall Street. This downtown Manhattan hotel near Wall Street offers a state-of-the-art hotel fitness center. High-tech amenities include high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs in all guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: All public areas non-smoking, Beauty shop nearby (referral at front desk), Cash machine/ATM, Coffee/tea in-room, Concierge Lounge Hours, Concierge desk, Evening turndown service, Florist, Foreign exchange, Gift/newsstand, Housekeeping service daily, Local restaurant dinner delivery, Newspaper delivered to room on request, Newspaper in lobby, Phone calls: toll-free, Room service, 6:00 AM-12:00 AM, Safe deposit boxes, front desk, Valet dry-cleaning, Virtual Concierge Available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Write to Adventures Afloat at Road Scholar in Boston or email afloatops@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Aboard The Queen Mary II
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.
  Contact info: Queen Mary
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: xxx--
web: www.cunard.com
  Room amenities: Bathrobes with matching slippers, a hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, data port, direct dial phone, an interactive TV, daily shipboard newspaper, nightly turndown service and 24-hour room service. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets.
  Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool. Canyon Ranch Spa Club.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located close to the 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 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: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent transfers to New York hotel. There is a welcome meeting and reception with Giles Ramsay, Course Director, in the hotel at 6:00pm. You will be staying at New York Marriott Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
The programme ends after breakfast in the hotel in London. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **PLEASE NOTE: Cunard requires that you register online in order to receive your E-ticket(s) and cruise documents. You should do this when you receive your final program materials about 5 weeks prior to departure, your booking number and cabin assignment will be included with these materials. Please go to www.cunard.com to register. Click on Already Booked, then click on Voyage Personaliser on the left-hand side, scroll down a little and click on Visit Voyage Personaliser (in red font). That will open a new window where you can enter your first and last name and booking reference number to sign in. Once you have completed your online registration, you will be able to view and print all of your cruise documents. **You must print your own Queen Mary II Luggage Tags, they are required by the ship porters so your bags can make their way safely to your ship cabin.**
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Buses and Amtrak trains are available to New York City. Nearest underground station in London is Warren Street.
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York, New York
  Transportation to site: The first night of this programme is spent at the Downtown Marriott New York. No transfers to this site are provided by Road Scholar and so you will need to make your own arrangements on arrival. Taxis are generally available and reliable. Taxi from JFK is approximately $55 (22 mi); from La Guardia is $42 (13.5 mi); from Newark EWR $45 (11 mi). OR, from Newark you may want to use the Olympia Trails Newark Airport Express Bus (Tel: 877-8-NEWARK) which costs $16 and takes your to Grand Central Station (2 mi away from hotel). From there take either the 4 Train (towards Crowne Hts-Utica Av) or 5 Train (towards Flathbush Ave-Brooklyn College) to the Wall St station and then walk 5 minutes to the hotel. (Total cost per person 18.25) . From NEWARK Terminal C take the 62 Bus towards Newark Penn Station. Transfer to the PATH Commuter train towards World Trade Center. Walk 7 min to the hotel. ($7:75; 40 min) From Newark you may go the whole way via public transit. It will involve 3 transfers and a little walking. (total cost pp $12.75; 1:15 min) OR, from JFK, take the AirTrain JFK: Howard Beach-Airport towards Howard Beach. Transfer to the A Train towards Inwood to the 207 St stop. Walk to Fulton St (~3 min). Take the 5 Train towards Flatbush Ave Brooklyn College. Walk 5 min to the hotel. ( Cost $7.25; about 1:20 min) OR, from LaGuardia, Take the M60 Bus towards West Side BWay to 106th St via 125th St. Walk to Astoria Blvd (~ 2 min). Take the N or Q Trains towards Coney Island to Stillwell Ave. Walk to Lexington and 59th St. Take the 4 Train towards New Lots Ave to the Wall St Station and walk 5 min to the hotel. (Cost $2.25 pp; 1:20 min)
  From End of Program
  Location:  London
  Nearest airport:  Heathrow and Gatwick
  Transportation from site: Trains and underground available. Transportation will be provided to Heathrow at the end of the program for participants who are departing on group departure day. Complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to Road Scholar in the UK.
Elevation Note: This program takes place at sea level.

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: Arrival, Welcome
(Saturday, September 21)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals. Welcome meeting and reception in hotel at 6 p.m.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own to explore local fare.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore.
   
Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown

Day 2: Embark Queen Mary 2.
(Sunday, September 22)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a free morning on your own.
 Lunch: You are free to enjoy lunch on your own. You may wish to take a late lunch onboard ship.
 Afternoon: Group transfer by coach to embarkation of Queen Mary 2 at about 2 p.m.
 Dinner: Onboard ship.
 Evening: Free to begin exploring the magnificent Queen Mary 2 and its grand array of activities and entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Multi-media presentation by Giles Ramsay.
(Monday, September 23)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard ship.
 Morning: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities during each of the next six mornings and evenings as you sail to London and your theatrical learning adventure. Experience the Cunard Insights guest lecture series, which explores historical and contemporary issues presented by speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award-winning actors and film makers. If you are an avid reader, take advantage of the Book Club and literary discussions with librarians, or choose from a wide range of classes such as watercolors, computer lessons, wine tasting, ballroom dancing and more, or enjoy bridge and board games.

On deck, games and more active entertainment are available. You can exercise in the fitness center, walk around the Promenade Deck, swim in one of the pools, play tennis, or take exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates.

In the Royal Court Theatre, enjoy singers and dancers in stage shows. There are movies in the cinema, and the bars and lounges throughout the ship feature pianists, jazz bands and string quartets. Hear the Julliard School jazz series and take part in the Royal Night Theme Balls. Polish your acting skills with one-hour workshops with actors who spent three years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Or simply take Afternoon Tea and enjoy the Maritime Quest exhibition throughout the ship.
 Lunch: Onboard ship.
 Afternoon: To prepare for your theatre adventure in London in six days, Giles Ramsay, a theatre producer and director based in London, presents a colorful and informative lecture: "What is Theatre and Why Do We Need It?" He will offer insight on a different aspect of London theatre each afternoon.
 Dinner: Onboard ship.
 Evening: Enjoy an array of shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture by Giles Ramsay and Welcome Cocktail Party
(Tuesday, September 24)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard ship.
 Morning: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities. Consider taking a class such as watercolor painting or ballroom dancing, enjoying one of the ship's swimming pools, and more.
 Lunch: Onboard.
 Afternoon: Giles Ramsay presents the multi-media lecture: "Medieval Drama Reformation and Christopher Marlowe.” Also, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Party.
 Dinner: Onboard.
 Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, including many kinds of evening entertainment featuring dancing, music and more.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lecture by Giles Ramsay on Shakespeare
(Wednesday, September 25)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard.
 Morning: Enjoy an exceptional array of shipboard-enrichment activities.
 Lunch: Onboard.
 Afternoon: To continue your preparation for a fascinating theatre adventure in London, Giles Ramsay presents the lecture "Shakespeare's Life and Verse."
 Dinner: Onboard.
 Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities. Check the QM2 schedule to see which night you can experience a Royal Night Theme Ball, donning your formal dancing attire and taking to the floor in a sea of glittering ball gowns and tuxedos accompanied by the sounds of a wonderful orchestra.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture by Giles Ramsay on "3,000 Years of British Theatre"
(Thursday, September 26)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard.
 Morning: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, perhaps excercising your mind playing bridge with new friends or trying out a board game, then exercising your body in the QM2's fitness center. You activity choices are plentiful.
 Lunch: Onboard.
 Afternoon: Giles Ramsay presents the colorful and informative lecture: "3,000 Years of British Theatre."
 Dinner: Onboard.
 Evening: Relax on the deck enjoying the camaraderie of new friends. Or choose one of the many kinds of nightly entertainment found on this elegant ship. You will never find yourself without plenty of nightly options.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Insight on Theatre.
(Friday, September 27)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard.
 Morning: You may choose to enjoy a yoga or Pilates class with one of the QM2's expert fitness instructors, or improve your skills in a computer class or one of many other class offerings. Choose from the plentiful shipboard activities offered on this grand ship.
 Lunch: Onboard.
 Afternoon: Theater producer and director Giles Ramsay continues his expert insights into British theatre.
 Dinner: Onboard.
 Evening: Choose to relax taking in a movie in the ship's cinema, or take it up a notch at the G32 Night Club with a popular themed night from the 1960s, '70s or '80s. You have many options to experience all the QM2 has to offer.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Giles Ramsay lecture, "The 20th Century: Wilde, Coward, Pinter, Orton, Osborne."
(Saturday, September 28)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard.
 Morning: On your final day aboard the QM2, perhaps you will glean final bits of knowledge from a class you've been taking. Maybe you're in need of a rigorous walk around the Promenade Deck. Or perhaps you and new friends have been keeping track of your wins and losses playing bridge and are hoping to swing things in your favor. There are ample shipboard activities from which to choose.
 Lunch: Onboard.
 Afternoon: Giles Ramsay continues his series of exceptional lectures with "The 20th Century: Wilde, Coward, Pinter, Orton, Osborne."
 Dinner: Onboard.
 Evening: On your final evening aboard ship before making port in Southampton, you may want to have a quiet night spent with new friends. Or perhaps you'll toast your last of six nights at sea, marveling at all you've done and learned while crossing the Atlantic.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Arrive England, Theatre Performance.
(Sunday, September 29)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard.
 Morning: Disembark Southampton and transfer by coach to London.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Theatre performance Christopher Marlowe's Edward II at the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre. Hot on the heels of his coronation, Edward II recalls his lover Gaveston from exile, lavishing him with titles and riches. Their all-consuming lust makes enemies of the furious barons and bishops, alienates the King’s once-devoted Queen and tears England to pieces. Ultimately, the monarch himself is destroyed as are many of those who stood both at his side and in his way. All live to die, and rise to fall. A behind-the-scenes exploration of power, sexual obsession, and a king who treats the realm as his playground. The National offers a contemporary take on Christopher Marlowe’s magnificent, erotic and violent play. I will have Gaveston, and you shall know What danger ’tis to stand against your king.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: A top national journalist speaks. Theatre performance.
(Monday, September 30)

Note: Most London theatres do not have elevators. Accessibility notes will be available when plays and venues are chosen.



   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a captivating discussion with one of England's top national journalists on the "State of the Nation." Discuss England's world role in the past, present and future.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon on your own in the great city of London to see and experience its top attractions, including the British Museum, Tate Modern, Madame Tussauds, the Tower of London, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Theatre performance. Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre By Lucy Kirkwood 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.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Victoria and Albert Museum. Theatre workshop. Theatre performance.
(Tuesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: On a field trip, experience the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), new home to the theatre collection. Theatre and performance galleries are dedicated to the performing arts, displaying works of art, costumes, ephemera, video recordings, puppets, posters and photographs. The V&A's Theatre Collections hold the UK's national collection of material about live performance in the UK since Shakespeare's day, covering drama, dance, musical theatre, circus, music hall, rock and pop, and other forms of live entertainment. The collections were founded in the 1920s when a private collector, Gabrielle Enthoven, donated her extensive collection of theatrical designs, memorabilia, books and photographs to the Museum. She continued to add to her collection, and worked on it as a museum volunteer until her death in 1950. Since that period, the collection has continued to grow, and has provided a home for many other significant objects and archives. Between 1987 and 2007, some of this material was housed at the V&A's branch museum in Covent Garden, the Theatre Museum. New galleries devoted to the performing arts opened at the V&A in South Kensington in 2009.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Experience an interactive theatre production or directing workshop.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Duke of York’s Theatre in a new version by Simon Stephens directed by Carrie Cracknell Henrik Ibsen’s controversial play A Doll’s House was first staged in Copenhagen in 1879, and in 2006 was awarded the title of the world’s most performed play, with autographed manuscripts inscribed by UNESCO on the Memory of the World Register Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (Punk Rock), director Carrie Cracknel (Elektra) and Tony Award winner Ian MacNeil (Billy Elliott) revive their ‘sexy, passionate interpretation’ (Evening Standard) of Ibsen’s masterpiece. A Doll’s House is headed by Simon Stephens, director Carrie Cracknel, and Tony Award winner Ian MacNeil. With performances by Dominic Rowan and Best Actress Critic’s Circle and Evening Standard Award winning Hattie Morahan. 'If you ever see a production of the play, see this one… Hattie Morahan’s Nora is a once-in-a-lifetime performance' The Sunday Telegraph
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Afternoon tea with a theatre critic. Theatre performance.
(Wednesday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Experience an expert-led field trip to an art gallery such as the National Gallery.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own to savor local fare.
 Afternoon: Enjoy afternoon tea with a theatre critic at the Phoenix Arts Club. Sandwiches and cream tea will be served at 3 p.m.
 Dinner: The enhanced afternoon tea will replace an early dinner.
 Evening: Theatre performance. The Light Princess at the Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre Once, in opposing kingdoms lived a princess and a prince who had lost their mothers. Althea, unable to cry, became light with grief and floated, and so was locked away. Digby became so heavy-hearted that he could never smile, and so was trained as a warrior. One day, he declares war. Althea is forced out of hiding and down to ground but, in defiance of her father, she escapes, only to encounter the solemn prince on contested land. Beside a lake the warring heirs begin a passionate and illicit affair. But for Althea to find real love, she must first confront the world’s darkness and face her own deepest fears. The Light Princess brings together iconic singer-songwriter Tori Amos with playwright Samuel Adamson and director Marianne Elliott (Curious Incident) in this spectacular coming-of-age story. A dark fairytale about grief, rebellion and the power of love. I’m done, Father, Keep your crown, I swear you’ll never bring me down! I am not queen material!
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Departures.
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Transfers to airports for departure flights home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Shakespeare and Co.


Author: Stanley Wells


Description: "With the passing of the years Shakespeare has too often been isolated from his fellows. He is the greatest of them, but he would not have been what he is without them." -- so says Stanley Wells at the conclusion of what is a wonderfully readable look at the theatrical scene of Shakespeare's day. Concentrating on the Bard's contemporaries rather than the man himself (more than adequately covered elsewhere), Shakespeare & Co is accessible rather than academic (though by no means lightweight), and an excellent introduction to those figures who hover on the edges of Shakespeare's biography, all too undeservingly like like bit-players in somebody else's drama. Individual chapters cover the theatrical scene (how plays were put together and presented, how they fit into the political mood of the time, and so on), and a brief look at some of the well-known actors of the day, before we get to the playwrights: Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher & Francis Beaumont and John Webster.



The Director and the Stage: From Naturalism to Grotowski


Author: Edward Braun


Description: Beginning with the triple impulses of Naturalism, symbolism and the grotesque, the bulk of the book concentrates on the most famous directors of this century - Stanislavski, Reinhardt, Graig, Meyerhold, Piscator, Brecht, Artuaud and Grotowski. Braun's guide is more practical than theoretical, delineating how each director changed the tradition that came before him.



The Life of the Drama


Author: Eric Bentley


Description: Discusses the various aspects of a drama, from the plot and character to dialogue, thought and enactment. In addition, Eric Bentley describes different types of plays such as melodrama, farce, tragedy, comedy and tragi-comedy



The Medieval Theatre


Author: Glynne Wickham


Description: Glynne Wickham's important history of the development of dramatic art in Christian Europe. Professor Wickham surveys the foundations on which this dramatic art was built: the architecture, costumes and ceremonial of the imperial court at Byzantium, the liturgies of countires in the Eastern and Western Empires and the triumph of the Roman rite and the Romanesque style in Western art. Within this context Professor Wickham describes three major influences upon the drama: religion, recreation and commerce.



The State of the Nation


Author: Michael Billington


Description: Michael Billington's new book looks at post-war Britain from a theatrical perspective. It examines the constant interplay between theatre and society from the resurgent optimism of the Attlee years to the satire boom of the Sixties and the growth of political theatre under Tony Blair in the post-Iraq period. Written by Britain's longest-serving theatre critic, the book also offers a passionate defence of the dramatist as the medium's key creative figure. Controversial, witty and informed, State of the Nation offers a fresh and challenging look at the vast upheavals that have taken place in Britain and its theatre in the course of sixty turbulent years.



The Year of the King


Author: Anthony Sher


Description: "'One of the finest books I have ever read on the process of acting' Time Out; 'This is a most wonderfully authentic account of the experience of creating a performance' Sunday Times; 'A brilliant compulsive account' Michael Billington, Guardian



Will In the World


Author: Stephen Greenblatt


Description: With something of the vigour of the Bard’s writing, Greenblatt takes us through the bawdy, teeming Bankside district (centuries before it became a tourist destination), and the Machiavellian, dangerous world of the court--in fact, all the splendour and misery of the Elizabethan age--and at the centre of it all, its greatest artist.





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