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October 04-13, 2018


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I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity? — Charlotte Brontë

Travel with us to the world's most exciting and prolific theatre city, London. We'll see remarkable plays from great seats and talk about them before and afterwards. We'll also visit great sites together – Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, to name but a few. And we'll take a day trip to the ancient university town of Oxford. You'll be able to shop the wares of Portobello Road, sample the gourmet food at Borough Market and gaze at the mercantile splendors of Harrods. What a jolly good time!

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Tour Overview

Experience ten days in London that you will cherish for the rest of your life. London is not just the capital of the United Kingdom; it is the beating heart of world culture. The most cosmopolitan city on earth, London offers dazzling displays of art, theatre, cuisine, and commerce from all over the globe, and you will sample it all. But London is also steeped in its own fascinating history, its own unique charm and glorious pageantry, and you'll dive headfirst into that, too. From the gastronomic glories of high tea in Oxford to the gothic splendor of Westminster Abbey, from a privately arranged tour of Middle Temple Hall by day to the sophistication of cutting edge British theatre by night, you will have a truly unforgettable time.

Please note: we average 5 miles of walking per day.

So what plays will we see?

Jane and Tim find the best seats to the newest, most interesting, most cutting-edge plays out there. And sometimes they find the best seats to big blockbusters, too. This year’s lineup is still taking shape, as new plays are still being announced. Here’s what we have confirmed so far:

  • Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. Seeing a Shakespeare play at the Globe on Bankside is always a treat—like being transported back to the English Renaissance. This new production promises to have us on the edge of our seats! Read more here.
  • Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre, London. This show likely needs no introduction, but you can read the review here!
  • King Lear at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End. Here is our last chance to see one of the greatest classical actors of any age—Ian McKellan. He’s great on screen; he’s a revelation on the stage.
  • The Height of the Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End. This is a world premiere by French playwright Florian Zeller, and stars Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce.
  • A Very, Very, Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre. Another world premier by Martin McDonaugh, most recently known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. McDonagh’s new play dramatizes the work of Hans Christian Anderson. Seems harmless enough, but have you read some of those fairy tales?

Tour Highlights Include:

  • Oxford gardens6 plays at the epicenter of great performances: the Royal National Theatre and West End and off-West End theatres
  • Personally guided backstage tour of the National Theatre
  • Highlight tours of the National Gallery and other art museums
  • Personally guided tours of Westminster Abbey; the Tower of London; and World Heritage site Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • A discovery walk through London's historic East End—believe us, it's not what you think...
  • Markets, markets, markets!: Portobello Road (trash and treasures), Borough (a foodie's dream), and Spitalfields (one of England's oldest)
  • A daytrip to Oxford's most famous sights, including Christ Church and Christ Church Cathedral, Radcliff Camera, Bodleian Library, The Sheldonian Theatre, Covered Market and more
  • Free time, with plenty of suggestions, to find your own remarkable London

October 04-13, 2018
Double Occupancy: $4895
Single Supplement: $450
Airfare is not included.

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