The Globe Theatre can be accessed via a ramp, and there are elevators inside. Accessible restroom facilities are also available. St. Paul’s Cathedral has a step free entrance and there is a direct elevator access to the cathedral floor and the crypt. Access to the Whispering Gallery, Stone and Golden Galleries is by 250-530 steps, but this is an optional part of the experience.
In the hotel.
We travel by motor coach into the very heart of London, beginning at the Globe Theatre. Originally associated with William Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the rebuilt Globe is an international resource dedicated to Shakespeare’s work. Your Study Leader will help you consider the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived and the public for which he wrote before we enjoy an expert-led exploration of the Globe Theatre itself. Following this we will have some free time for you to experience London’s vibrant Bankside, once home to a lengthy list of London’s literary luminaries.
On your own to enjoy what you like.
Just down the river from the Tower lies St. Paul’s Cathedral, an unmissable silhouette on the London skyline and often considered to be Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece. It has been standing in its current form since 1711 and its tranquil interior is majestic in its Baroque splendour – your Study Leader will take you through its turbulent and fascinating history as we explore its magnificent three domed structure. From St. Paul’s we will take a gentle walk through the city to Guildhall – the administrative powerhouse of the city since medieval times.
We will take a pre-theatre dinner in the Phoenix Artist's Club, one of the most unique venues in London and situated in the former changing rooms of the Phoenix Theatre.
Performance: The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre. Summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can't be trusted. In a town where everyone's a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?