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Theater and Espionage: Complementary Arts of Illusion on the Queen Mary 2

Program Number: 19444RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/5/2013 - 7/17/2013; 7/13/2015 - 7/26/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: England/United States
Price starting at: $3,795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises; Independent City Discoveries Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 33; 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

The worlds of theater and espionage may seem unrelated, but their core elements — acting, plots and intelligence — intertwine beautifully. With theater and intelligence experts Giles Ramsay and Nigel West, get a firsthand look at London's theatre scene and immerse yourself in the history and literature of espionage.




Activity Particulars

Ability to stand and walk from three blocks to one mile over the course of a field trip.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

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



Days 1-2: Arrival New York City / embark Queen Mary 2:

Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 3-8: At Sea:

Theater professional Giles Ramsay, experienced in writing, acting and directing, offers an informed look into the history of spies and espionage in literature and on the stage. Learn about the first and second Cambridge spy rings in drama and the role that Christopher Marlowe played in Elizabethan espionage. With intelligence expert Nigel West, trace the turbulent lives of the infamous Cambridge Five, and look at the facts behind Frederick Forsythe's novels and the life of Ian Fleming.



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

In the heart of London, immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant theater scene and history in espionage. Field trips to notable landmarks in the world of intelligence include stops at Ebury Street, St James, Birdcage Walk, Horseguard's Parade and an exploration of Ian Fleming’s Kent. Pay a visit to Brighton Pavilion and join your theater expert for two performances in London’s theater district as well as an opportunity to meet a noted drama critic. Highlights include an interactive workhop with an actor and Giles Ramsay and a conversation with a top theater critic. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



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.
Nigel West

Nigel West is a military historian specializing in intelligence and security issues. In 1989, he was voted The Experts' Expert by a panel of spy writers. He is the European Editor of the Washington D.C.-based International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and a lecturer at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Va. In 2003, he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers’ first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award.
 
Giles Ramsay

Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries. He is the Founding Director of the charity Developing Artists, a Fellow of St. Chad’s College, Durham University and Course Leader in Theatre at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has devised and instructed on Road's Scholar programs since the early 1990's and has run theatre projects in countries ranging from Kosovo to Zimbabwe.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   New York Marriott Downtown
  New York City, USA 1 night
   Queen Mary II.
  Queen Mary 2 7 nights
   Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
  London, 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

 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. Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.
  Contact info: N/A.
N/A.
New York, NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk
  Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.
  Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: 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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
After independent transfers, check in and relax before a welcome meeting and reception in the New York hotel with course directors Giles Ramsay and Nigel West at 6:00pm. You will be staying at New York Marriott Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast in the London hotel. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at Radisson Blu 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: See above.
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York City
  Nearest airport:  JFK, Newark, LaGuardia
  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 rangements on arrival. Taxis are generally available and reliable or you may want to use the New York Airport Service Express Bus (Tel: 718 875 8200) or the Super Shuttle Manhattan – shared door-to-door service (Tel: 1 800 258 3826). Taxi from JFK is approximately $55, from La Guardia is $35. From Newark EWR $75.
  From End of Program
  Location:  London, England
  Nearest city or town:  London.
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow and Gatwick.
  Transportation from site: Directions from the airports to Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel Heathrow Airport is about 15 miles from central London. 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, in 2010, 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 Licensed taxis from Heathrow to central London cost between £40-£70 and take about 40 minutes depending on traffic. Gatwick Airport is about 28 miles from central London. 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, in 2010, are £16.90 single; £28.70 return. Tickets may be purchased at the station or via the web www.gatwickexpress.com The hotel is adjacent to Warren Street underground. It is on the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line, between Goodge Street and Euston, and the Victoria Line between Oxford Circus and Euston. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.
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:
(Friday, July 5)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome meeting, introductions and reception with Giles Ramsay and Nigel West in the hotel at 6:00pm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Embark the QMII.
(Saturday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Free morning.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: 1:00pm Transfer to the Queen Mary II for embarkation at 2:00pm.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3:
(Sunday, July 7)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Lecture by Giles Ramsay on the First Cambridge Spy Ring in Drama. The sixteenth century was a time of religious and political paranoia and terror. Accurate intelligence was everything. Into this world stepped a young playwright and spy who was to lose his life at the hands of the state. His name was Christopher Marlowe. Consider the Elizabethan government, the intrigues of religion and politics at Cambridge. Was Christopher Marlowe in the thrall of spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham. Explore Tamburlaine the Great, Doctor Faustus and the Jew of Malta.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Monday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Lecture by author and intelligence expert, Nigel West traces the turbulent lives of the infamous Cambridge Five-Maclean, Burgess, Philby and Blunt (and Cairncross) were British members of a KGB spy ring that penetrated the intelligence system of the UK and passed vital information to the Soviets during World War Two and the early stages of the Cold War. How did these men of the British Establishment become the most famous of traitors? Blunt became a communist in the early 1930s and was recruited by the NKVD (later KGB), the Soviet security agency. While teaching at Cambridge University, Blunt was influential in recruiting the other three, who were all students there. Blunt and Maclean defected to the Soviet Union. Discover how writer John Le Carre depicts Cold War events in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and A Perfect Spy.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: An informative and colourful multi media presentation by Giles Ramsay "How to go to the theatre and why we bother?".
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Second Cambridge Spy Ring-multi-media presentation.
(Tuesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Lecture by Giles Ramsay, theatre director and producer, on The Second Cambridge Spy Ring in drama-both theatre and film. Playwrights and filmakers have been drawn to the fascintaing story of these spies. The activities of Blunt, Burgess, Maclean and Philby have inspired dramas from Julian Mitchell's Another Country to a series of plays by Alan Bennett. How accurate were these dramatizations and what do they tell us about the necessary dissembling of both actors and agents. Alan Bennett dramatises the events and the lives of those involved in A Question of Attribution, An Englishman Abroad and Another Country.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities: Enjoy the QM2’s many educational and entertainment activities, which include: a guest lecture series; a book club with literary discussions with the ship librarian; and classes in watercolors, computers, wine tasting, ballroom dance, bridge and board games. You may also take acting lessons or a course in celestial navigation. Musical entertainment includes the Julliard Jazz School series, as well as singers and dancers in stage shows in the Royal Court Theatre, or pianists, string quartets and a movie theater. Enjoy personal fitness activities such as swimming, tennis, yoga, Pilates, aerobics and spinning. Or simply take tea and enjoy a museum-quality exhibit that takes you back to the golden era of transatlantic ship crossings. Also enjoy a Captain's cocktail party.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: James Bond and other Spy Novels
(Wednesday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Nigel West looks at the facts behind Le Carre and Frederick Forsythe's novels and the Life of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: A day of shipboard activities.
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Choose from a large range of shipboard activities to suit all interests.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: In Conversation: Giles Ramsay and Nigel West raise questions and explore the arts of illusion in drama and the world of intelligence in an interactive discussion.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Arrive England. Winchester Cathedral.
(Saturday, July 13)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Disembark in Southampton and transfer by coach to London via Winchester. Excursion to Winchester Cathedral.
 Lunch: In Winchester Cathedral Refectory.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues. Before dinner welcome to London meeting.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Conflict in Theatre interactive workshop.
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip on foot and by coach of Spies' London with Nigel West.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Experience a workshop on The Theme of Conflict in Theatre. There are few pieces of theatre that do not touch upon or have conflict as part of its main theme. Our workshop uses creative tools such as drama, role play, music, games, movement and discussion to engage participants in exploring ideas around conflict and the impact they have upon the piece.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Ian Fleming's Kent.
(Monday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Follow in the steps of Ian Fleming in Kent.-Dover, St Margaret's Bay, Sandwich and Bekesbourne with Nigel West.
 Lunch: Taken in a local pub associated with Ian Fleming.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues with free time on arrival in London..
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Briefing on the evening's performance. Top London theatre performance. Othello by William Shakespeare at the National Theatre, Olivier Theatre. 7:15pm. Othello, newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation to defend Cyprus from the Turks. Iago, his ensign, passed over for promotion in favour of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Adrian Lester, last seen at the National as Henry V, takes the title role, playing opposite Rory Kinnear (Iago), whose recent appearances at the National include Hamlet and The Last of the Haussmans. Running time: 3 hours and 20 minutes. ????? Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Metro, The Times ‘Adrian Lester’s marvellous Othello... has all the dignified vulnerability one could wish.’ The Times ‘Rory Kinnear gives a stunning study of a sociopath... his Iago burns with a contempt for the human race and for the beauty in other men’s lives.’ Guardian ‘Othello pays a glorious tribute to Nicholas Hytner’s decade at the National.’ Independent ‘Witty, agile, lucid and deeply felt. A gripping production of a tragedy which is also an intensely painful psychological thriller... it never loosens its dramatic hold.’ Daily Telegraph ‘Gripping, lucid... a taut, claustrophobic interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy.’ Time Out ‘One of the most eagerly awaited theatrical events of the year. Nicholas Hytner directs with an extraordinary, rigorous attention to clarity of language: at times you forget they’re speaking in Elizabethan verse.’ Metro
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: National theatre critic in conversation.
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Giles Ramsay discusses the London theatre scene with a top national theatre critic.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Theatre performance. Private Lives by Noel Coward at the Gielgud Theatre. 7:30pm. Toby Stephens Anna Chancellor Anthony Calf Anna-Louise Plowman. Director Jonathan Kent Elyot and Amanda are glamorous, rich, reckless… and divorced. Five years later, their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses, Victor and Sibyl. ‘THESE TWO MAY WELL BE THE BEST ELYOT AND AMANDA I HAVE SEEN’ FINANCIAL TIMES Following a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, this much-anticipated transfer is set to blaze across the Gielgud Theatre stage this summer in an explosive production that proves Noël Coward still has the power to thrill, provoke and delight.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13:
(Wednesday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfers to the arports for departure flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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