London on Stage
August 13-20, 2023
- Guided tour of the replicated, Globe Theatre and Museum;
- Discussion with recently retired, Guardian Newspaper Theatre Critic, Michael Billington (subject to availability);
- Tour of the Royal Albert Hall (subject to availability);;
- Attend four major London theatre performances (best seats available)
- Visit the newly-refurbished Courtauld Gallery;
- Meet with House of Lords member, Lord Lexden to discuss major events in both USA & UK;
- Private, backstage tour of London’s National Theatre.
* For those interested in broadening their England experience, the optional three-night extension to Stratford-Upon-Avon is the ideal complement!
Trip Spotlight: London on Stage – Watch the Recording Here
Professor Todd Wronski and Michael Induni from Discover Europe shared details about our upcoming Alumni Global Adventures trip to London on March 9, 2023.
Todd, a professor of theatre, has served on the Dickinson faculty for the past 35 years. He served as the director of the Dickinson humanities program in England for four years and has taught or co-taught 10 summer-session study-abroad programs based in London, including "England: City-Country, Mind-Body," "Place and Performance, Religious and Theatrical" and "London: The Political Arts." Before coming to Dickinson, Todd was active in professional regional theatre, with credits including work with the Guthrie Theater, the Dallas Theater Center and others. As a director and producer, Todd’s productions have been presented at international venues including Randolph Studio (Edinburgh, Scotland), the Berliner Arbeiter Theatre (Berlin, Germany), the UEA Studio Theatre (Norwich, England), and the Teatro Bicchieraia (Arezzo, Italy). Todd’s recent per- formances include playing Mark Twain opposite British actor Tom Watson in Dickens and Twain: A Special Relationship in England, Scotland and the U.S., and reviving his one-man play based on the life and writings of William Saroyan (to mark the centenary of Saroyan’s birth), which was per- formed in San Francisco, Fresno, New York City and Yerevan, Armenia. He holds an MFA degree from Trinity University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
- Double occupancy: $4,780/ person
- Single supplement: $1,250
- Faculty Leader Todd Wronski and a local guide;
- Six nights hotel accommodations in a first first class hotel including all hotel taxes, service charges and porterage of one large suitcase per person;
- Breakfast daily, one afternoon tea and four dinners;
- Entrance fees to all sites as detailed in the itinerary;
- Best seats to four major theatre productions;
- All ground transportation as detailed in the itinerary;
- Airport transfers to and from London Heathrow.
Sunday, August 20 - This morning, we drive to Stratford-upon-Avon, pausing to view the Rollright Stones, and passing through the village of Shipston. From here we head into the heart of the Cotswolds and stop for lunch in the picture-perfect village of Bourton-on-the-Water. We continue on through the beauty of the Cotswold Hills and arrive in Stratford in time to check in and unpack before dinner (included) at the hotel this evening. (B, D) Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon
Monday, August 21 - This morning we will have a backstage tour of the main theatre and then meet with one of the senior theatre staff for a lecture/discussion on the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the modern day. We will adjourn for lunch at the Dirty Duck (actually named the Black Swan!), just along the road from the theatre and a favorite drinking spot for the actors (but only after the performance, of course). This afternoon we’ll explore the town with visits included to the Trinity Church (where Shakespeare was christened and is buried) and to the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. Here we will have a special presentation on the history of performance of one of the plays that we will be attending while in town. You will have time to find an early pub supper before we attend a performance at the main theatre of the RST complex. (B, L) Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon
Tuesday, August 22 - This morning we’ll drive the short distance to Kenilworth for a visit to the castle. Kenilworth is one of the most romantic ruined castles in the country and had its heyday in Elizabethan times, when Shakespeare was at the height of his inspiration. We’ll stop for lunch in a country pub before returning to Stratford for a free afternoon. We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel this evening before attending a final performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. (B, L, D) Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon
Wednesday, August 23 - Morning transfer to Heathrow Airport for returning afternoon flights to the US (return flights should not be booked departing before 1:00 p.m.). (B) Overnight: Home