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Students of theatre often have the opportunity to put down the textbooks and work practically. However, in order to add another dimension to their learning, a faculty led programme offers an incredible opportunity to see how theatre is created and performed in another country. If you would like to take your theatre group on an educational tour, Anglo Educational Services will work with you and help build a fully customised tour. The following is simply an example of what we can design for you.
All AES groups have access to 24-hour emergency assistance throughout the programme.
MORNING Arrive in the UK, transfer from airport to accommodation by private coach
AFTERNOON Orientation session with AES staff, and Police Officer
Guided coach tour of London
When you 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 at your centrally located hotel. If you arrive before check-in, you will be able to leave your bags in a secure area. You will also be able to pick up your AES materials, containing helpful maps of the city and public transport systems, as well as any travel cards.
After you arrive you will be taken to an orientation session, which will be held for you at the AES Study Centre in conjunction with Anglo Educational staff. This session will go over health and safety as well as how to use public transport and utilities, offering you helpful hints for your stay.
Following your orientation session, you will board your coach for a guided tour of London with your accredited 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.
MORNING Guest Lecture from a Theatre Critic
AFTERNOON Guided walking tour of Shakespeare’s London
EVENING Theatre performance
This morning you will meet one of the UK’s top theatre critics at the Anglo Educational Study Centre, where you will have an interactive lecture focusing on the productions you will have already seen in your home country, as well as those you will be seeing in London.
Following free time for lunch, you will meet your expert guide for a walking tour of Shakespearean London. Your tour will focus on the vibrant and exciting South Bank area of London, exploring its rich history, dating back to the Middle Ages, and taking in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
MORNING Walking tour of Bloomsbury with focus on The Bloomsbury Set and Literary Bloomsbury
AFTERNOON Visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum to view the costume exhibits
EVENING Theatre Production at The National Theatre
This morning you will meet your accredited private tour guide, a literary specialist, who will offer you an introduction to the historical Bloomsbury area of Central London. Your tour will cover great literary figures, including Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster. You will have the opportunity to view their homes and gain a detailed insight into their lives.
Following this tour, you will all proceed to the world-renowned Victoria and Albert Museum. Your independent, pre-arranged visit will focus on the Theatre & Performance galleries of the museum. Here you will see a wide range of artefacts relating to all the performing arts, including drama, dance, comedy, musical theatre, costume and set design, and so much more. The collection was founded in the 1920s, when a private collector denoted 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 will be attending a production at the National Theatre. The celebrated NT is one of the major publicly funded theatres nationally and offers a wide range of productions at any one time in London, whilst touring regularly throughout the UK.
MORNING Backstage tour of The Globe Theatre
AFTERNOON Shakespeare Workshop at The Globe
EVENING 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, completed and opened in 1997, is the most accurate reconstruction possible based on a combination of the original and the rebuild. You will be shown around the theatre by one of their experienced guides, and given an insight into the background both of the theatre and how the original theatre would have been like in Shakespearean times.
Following your tour, you will embark on a workshop, tailor-made to focus on the production that you will be seeing in the evening. Your educational practitioner will explore, amongst other features, 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 1600s. Do keep in mind, the Globe is an authentic replica and has up to 500 people standing for each event. And as it is in the open air, please wrap up warm, and remember that no umbrellas are allowed!
MORNING Guided walking tour of Theatrical London
AFTERNOON Guest Lecture- An overview of the London Stage
This morning will begin with a guided walking tour of theatrical London. You will be covering areas around the heart of Theatreland (the ‘West End’) including Drury Lane and Shaftsbury Avenue, home to a number of popular London theatres, and the city’s equivalent of New York’s Broadway.
Following your tour, you will meet a specialist lecturer at the Anglo Educational Study Centre. An actress and director who has in the past worked with the great personages of British theatre, including Olivier, your lecturer will engage you in an interactive workshop offering, an overview of the London stage.
MORNING Back stage tour of the National Theatre
AFTERNOON Musical theatre workshop followed by Performance Workshops can include, choreography, set design
You will have already seen a production at the National Theatre. Today you will be seeing behind the scenes, in a specially arranged tour. The National Theatre is a working theatre, thus no two tours will be the same. Rehearsals, set-building, prop and costume-making all happen on site, enabling you to see a wide range of different activities taking place.
You will then proceed to one of London’s theatres where you will participate in a private workshop. The session will be taught by a West End professional and will focus on a subject of your choice. Dance West End will be with a professional dancer, whilst Singing West End 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 workshop, you will have the opportunity to see the show on which your workshop has focused.
MORNING Transfer from accommodations to airport
This morning your tour will come to an end, and you will be transported to the airport via private coach for your flight home. We hope you have had a great time experiencing theatre in London, and we look forward to welcoming you to the UK again in the near future.