May and June 2019 London Theatre Mayterm
Playwrights from Shakespeare to Lin-Manuel Miranda write to be performed. And all of London Theatre Mayterm is geared to what is available in live performance. Towering Shakespearean productions. Uproarious comedies. Gripping tragedies. Interesting experimental theatre. With more tickets to more great theatre than you can imagine. At least 25 shows. We’ll read a few scripts, see a lot of plays, talk about productions, review a few performances, try our own hand at a Shakespeare scene. And we’ll come away with an expanded sense of how theatre can show what it means to be human.
The city of any dream, and the theatre capital of the world. We’ll stay in Bloomsbury, in the heart of the city centre, offering easy access to the British Museum (just three blocks away) and a wealth of other museums—all free, open-air markets offering everything from gourmet food to vintage clothing, the gleaming National Theatre, which towers over the River Thames, with three stages presenting seven or eight plays in any two-week period, Shakespeare’s Globe, where lively interaction between actors and audience give a taste of Elizabethan performance, posh West End theatres with international stars in sparkling plays and dazzling musicals, and the off-West End venues where interesting troupes offer experimental theatre and off-beat experiences diverge.
Shakespeare’s birthplace and home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with state-of-the-art thrust stages offering viewers an up-close-and-personal experience of the Bard’s plays staged with flair.
Dublin, where Irish plays at the Abbey Theatre sparked some of the energy that led to Ireland’s nationhood.
Our study of plays available in live production in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Dublin will range from Shakespeare to modern classics to world premieres. Applies to the English major as upper-division literature courses. Applies to the Theatre Arts major as elective credit. Fulfills the writing-intensive GE requirement. Fulfills the Working Artistically GE requirement. Fulfills your craving for the best theatre in the world.
Dr. Paul Delaney first encountered live theatre when he saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a high school sophomore, and he keeps finding ways to give back ever since. He’s been taking students to plays since he arrived at Westmont, leading 22 study abroad programs to England and Ireland. He’s published three books on British playwright Tom Stoppard and Irish playwright Brian Friel. But he chiefly delights in giving students the chance to see uproarious Shakespearean comedy, moving Shakespearean tragedy, modern classics in stellar productions, interesting premieres, experimental theatre in small venues, and the occasional blockbuster musical.
A program fee not to exceed $6950 for the four-week, 4-unit program (6 May–1 June) or $8950 for the six-week, 8-unit program (6 May–15 June); roundtrip airfare; and a nominal fee for optional room and board during the one week on campus.
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