Educational Theatre Trip to London Sample Itinerary
Duration: 7 Days
Students of theatre often have the opportunity to put down the textbooks and work practically, but in order to add another dimension to their learning, it is a good idea to take them on an educational trip, often studying abroad, to see how theatre is created and performed in another country. If you would like to take your theatre students on an educational tour, then Anglo Educational Tours can help build you a fully customised tour. The following is simply an example of what we can design for you.
All groups also benefit from 24 hour emergency assistance, free mobile phone for group leaders, and directional and tourist maps for all participants.
Arrive in the UK, transfer from airport to accommodation by private coach
Orientation session with Anglo Educational Services staff, and Police Officer.
Guided coach tour of London
When you and your students arrive at the airport in the UK, you will be met by a private coach. The coach will drive you straight to London in comfort, and drop you and your students off at your centrally located hotel. If you arrive before check in, then you will be able to leave your bags in a secure area. You will also be able to pick up your Anglo Educational Tours Pack, containing helpful maps of the city and the tube, as well as any travel cards that you have paid for.
After you arrive you will be taken to an orientation session, which will be held for you at the Anglo Educational Services Study Centre, Monticello House in conjunction with Anglo Educational staff. This session will go over health and safety with your students, as well as how to use public transport including buses, tubes, and trams, as well as offering you and your students helpful hints for your stay.
Following your orientation session, you will board your coach for a 2-3 hour guided tour of London with your private guide. Don’t forget your camera, as there will be plenty of opportunities for you to disembark the coach and view all that London has to offer. Your coach will then drop you back at your accommodations where you will be able to check into your rooms.
Guest Lecture from a Theatre Critic
Guided walking tour of Shakespeare’s London
This morning your students will meet one of the UK’s top theatre critics at the Anglo Educational Studies Study Centre, where they will have an interactive lecture focusing on the productions you have already seen, and will be seeing.
Following free time for lunch, your students will meet their guide for a walking tour of Shakespearian London. Their tour will focus on the vibrant and exciting South Bank area of London, exploring the rich history of the area dating back to the Middle Ages and taking in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Walking tour of Bloomsbury with focus on The Bloomsbury Set and Literary Bloomsbury
Visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum to view the costume exhibits
Theatre Production at The National Theatre
This morning you and your students will meet your private tour guide, a literary specialist, who will offer you an introduction to the beautiful Bloomsbury area of the city. Your tour will cover great literary figures including Virginia Woolf, E. M Forester, and John Maynard Keynes. Your students will have the opportunity to view their homes, and get a detailed insight into their lives.
Following this tour you will all proceed to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Your independent visit will focus on the theatre galleries of the museum. Here you will see a wide range of artefacts relating to all of the performing arts. The collection was founded in the 1920s when a private collector gave her extensive collection to the museum. She continued to work as a volunteer for the museum until her death and the collection is constantly expanding and adding new exhibits.
After some free time for dinner, you and your students will be attending a production at the National Theatre. The NT is one of the 2 major publicly funded theatres in the UK and offers a wide range of different productions at any one time.
Backstage tour of The Globe Theatre
Shakespeare Workshop at The Globe
Evening Performance at The Globe
The original Globe was dramatically and tragically destroyed in 1613 by a cannon during a performance of Henry VIII. This impressive replica, built in 1997, is the most accurate reconstruction possible based on a combination of the original and the rebuild. Your students will be shown around the theatre by one of their experienced guides and given an insight into the background both of the theatre and what the original theatre would have been like in Shakespearian times.
Following your students’ tour, they will embark on a workshop, tailor-made to focus on the production that you will be seeing in the evening. Their educational practitioner will explore, amongst others the themes and setting of the play.
In the evening, you will all have the opportunity to see a production at the Globe and experience what it would have been like in the 1600’s. Remember, the Globe is an authentic replica and has up to 500 people standing for each event. And of course it is in the open air, so remind your students to wrap up warm, but also let them know that there are no umbrellas allowed!
Guided walking tour of Theatrical London
Guest Lecture- An overview of the London Stage
This morning will begin with a guided walking tour of theatrical London. Your students will be covering areas around the heart of Theatreland including Drury Lane and Shaftsbury Avenue, home to a number of popular London theatres.
Following their tour, your students will meet a lecturer at the Anglo Educational Study Centre. An actress and Director who has in the past worked with the great Olivier, their lecturer will engage your students in an interactive workshop offering an overview of the London stage.
Back stage tour of the National Theatre
Musical theatre workshop followed by performance Workshops can include, choreography, set design
Your students will have already seen a production at the National Theatre but today they will be seeing behind the scenes. The National is a working theatre so no two tours will be the same. Rehearsals, set-building, prop and costume-making all happen on site so you will see a wide range of different activities going on.
They will then proceed to one of London’s theatres where they will participate in a private workshop. The session will be taught by a West End professional. For example, Dance West End will be with a professional dancer, Singing West and Producing Theatre will be with a West End producer. This is a unique experience to work closely with those who are involved in some of London’s top shows on a day to day basis. After your students’ workshop, they will have the opportunity to see the show that their workshop has focused on.
Transfer from accommodations to airport
This morning the educational tour has come to an end, and you and your students will be transported to the airport via private coach for your flight home.
We hope you have had a safe flight and we look forward to welcoming you to London again one day.
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