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Into the London Arts Scene: A Gay Perspective on Queen Mary 2
Explore the unique relationship between homosexuality and the arts while sailing across the Atlantic, before exploring London’s prominent arts scene at galleries, theaters and museums.
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Program No. 22997RJ
13 days
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Within the realm of the arts, some of the world’s most renowned authors, actors and playwrights — Christopher Marlowe, Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward — walked a precarious tightrope balancing their private desires against contemporary sensibilities, their sexuality speculated but not confirmed during their lives. On a transatlantic voyage aboard Queen Mary 2, join onboard theater expert Giles Ramsay in exploring the perspective of gay men and their influence within London’s extensive theater scene. In the English capital, discover the vibrant atmosphere first-hand at prestigious galleries, intimate art clubs and theater performances in the West End.
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On Your Feet
Walking and standing for up to three hours at a time. Some stairs in historic buildings.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk through New York City’s iconic Greenwich Village, home to the Stonewall Inn — a National Monument.
  • Enjoy engaging theater lectures led by producer and director Giles Ramsay, who will explore the intersection of homosexuality and theater from Ancient Greece to modern day.
  • Experience London’s thriving arts scene at Wigmore Hall, Leighton House Museum, the National Gallery and two theater performances in London’s West End.
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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