It’s a bit early to announce what we’ll see, but as always we’ll book the very best of London theatre rounded out with extraordinary special guests.
As always, we gather with to talk about the plays after breakfast, finding time to connect to the work on stage and to each other. Very often we have very special guests join us for the discussions—past visitors include Sir Tom Stoppard, Michael Frayn, Mark Rylance, Simon Russell Beale, and Janet McTeer. We’ll talk some more at our fabulous group dinner in a great London restaurant.
We like to think our London Theatre Tour gives you the best that civilization can offer: great theatre in great company, in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. After Brexit, the dollar looks particularly strong—yet another good reason to consider making your reservations right away. London is always wonderful, and this promises to be a very special year.
This year, we have lined up an extraordinary set of plays. Our trip will feature heavy hitters and up-and-comers – with some of the best playwrights of the last 60 years, some of the most sought-after directors, and actors worthy of attention in every show. Beyond the stellar performances, these plays will make for wonderful conversation as they each connect to the other in some intriguing way. They should challenge as much as they entertain.
We begin our excursion with a bit of current events and cultural history that will likely spark lots of conversation. Dramatizing the early career of Rupert Murdoch and his Sun newspaper, Ink has been unanimously lauded by critics. In particular, the performance of Bertie Carvel as Murdoch is supposed to be wonderful in this play by the promising young playwright, James Graham. We are catching this fun and timely piece JUST before it closes.
The Guardian reports that Bertie Carvel is “unmissable” in this production. Read full review.
It is hard to imagine that Jez Butterworth could drum up a play to rival his Jerusalem which starred (our friend) Mark Rylance. However, he may have done just that with The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre. Sold out and extended, we will be seeing one of the hottest shows in town by a playwright who has established himself as a powerhouse of English theatre. Expect a great cast and a play with a wonderful sense of daring and theatricality.
Bryan Cranston – need I say more! Cranston stars as an anchorman gone rogue in this adaptation of the Academy Award winning film from 1976. If Cranston is not caliber enough, Network also stars Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, who continues to impress and surprise. The script adaptation by Lee Hall (who also wrote Billy Eliot) presents a stinging satire of our media landscape and will be an excellent companion piece to Ink. After last year’s Hedda Gabler, it will be wonderful to see more work by the ever-provocative director Ivo Van Hove (perhaps the most sought after director in the world right now)! Opening in November, we knew we had to grab tickets to this.
Pinter at the Harold Pinter Theatre! The Birthday Party (1957) was only Pinter’s second play, but it helped establish him as a unique and undeniably important voice. Laced with subtlety and strangeness, Pinter is at his best with great actors who can fill his dire and dryly humorous text with meaning. And great actors we have - you’ll recognize not only Toby Jones but the always interesting Zoë Wanamaker from the cast.
The Orange Tree is a charming theater in Richmond. So with fingers crossed on good/decent weather, you might take in a visit to Kew Gardens and make dinner plans at one of the wonderful restaurants in Richmond. We’ll arrange for a coach to bring us all home after the show.
A favorite production from nearly 20 years ago, we decided to program it again at the Sadlers Wells as the perfect send-off for another glorious tour.
This is a five-star tour, so we'll stay at the Guoman Royal Horseguards Hotel, recipient of the 2010 AA London Hotel of the Year award. Selected in part due to its successful transition from a commercial four star to an impressive five star property, the Royal Horseguards features world-renowned chefs and a legacy that dates back over 120 years. This exceptional hotel is situated right in the heart of the west end, within easy walking distance of most theaters, the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, and the Thames. Check out their website.
This is what makes this tour different from the rest. Each morning, we gather and talk about the plays with THEATREWORKS' artistic director. Sounds simple enough, but what it does is something quite special. Not only does it better connect us with the work, but it connects us to each other.
As if that's not enough, we also frequently have very special guests join in on our discussions. Past guests have included: Mark Rylance, Michael Frayn, Sir Tom Stoppard, Simon Russell Beale, Janet McTeer, and many other directors, designers and writers.
So don't sleep in, you won't want to miss these meetings—they're the best part according to past travelers!
Something extra (for no extra cost)
London, in our opinion, is one of the most incredible cities in the world. So here's our promise to you: you'll have plenty of time to explore it! World-class museums and galleries are withing walking distance of the hotel, as are fine restaurants, distinct neighborhoods, sprawling parks and of course the River Thames.
Total cost: $4,440/person ($1,350 single supplement) | $750 deposit
Why have we stopped scheduling flights? Working with the BA group desk was increasingly difficult. With problems like not issuing seating assignments, preventing our folks from checking in in advance, and (worst of all) offering less expensive fares online, we did not want to continue to make travel miserable for our guests. You are now free to make your own reservations on your favorite airline.
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