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Best of London Theatre on Queen Mary 2

On this theater-themed voyage, enjoy lectures, performances, history and the unique insight of producer/director Giles Ramsay as you sail the Atlantic and see four plays in London.
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13 days
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United States/England

Best of London Theatre on Queen Mary 2

On this theater-themed voyage, enjoy lectures, performances, history and the unique insight of producer/director Giles Ramsay as you sail the Atlantic and see four plays in London.
13 days
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Program No. 11996 RJ
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Theater and the performing arts take center stage on this enriching voyage from New York City to London aboard the magnificent Queen Mary 2. Immerse yourself in the history and practice of theater with onboard theater expert Giles Ramsay, who explores the development of drama from Greek tragedy to the modern musical. In London, experience the arts first-hand as you enjoy theater productions ranging from the classic to the cutting edge and gain insight from leading theater professionals.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy engaging theater lectures led by producer and director Giles Ramsay, who provides expert insight into the historic roots of theater and its contemporary practice.
  • Experience British theater firsthand by attending four plays in London’s West End.
  • Exchange opinions on culture, politics and the arts with top national journalists, arts professionals and a leading London theater critic.

General Notes

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