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London Theatre Experience – 2020

$3,700.00 $3,450.00

Join artistic director Adrian Cohen for a trip of a lifetime and spend 10 days in London and Stratford Upon Avon, immersed in classic and contemporary British theatre. Four West End shows, three workshops, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Harry Potter Studios, and in between we’ll be soaking up the culture and history of the great City of London. Flights, transfers, hotel, and all activities are included in the price except lunches. Click onto the photos on the left to see memories from past trips! 

Early bird discount if paid in full by December 31st 2019. For full itinerary see below. Registration closes January 31st, 2020.

See the DESCRIPTION tab below for more details and to watch a video of a previous trip.

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10 days, 9 nights: Wednesday, July 22nd  – Saturday, August 1st, 2020

A fantastic, once in a lifetime theatre trip to London. This unique trip will be packed full of top West End shows, backstage tours, a trip to Stratford Upon Avon, theatre workshops, museums, The Tower Of London, plus Harry Potter Studios & a day out to the South Coast! Adrian will be traveling with the group as well as 24/7 supervision from our UK organizers D.A.P.

For theatre students, their families, and friends. Children 4th grade or below must be accompanied by at least one parent.  Early bird closes December 31st 2019, Registration closes January 31st 2020.

“A fantastic trip, going with my daughter and sharing the London Theatre experience was the best time we’ve had together.”

2020 – ITINERARY – UPSTAGE THEATRE SCHOOLS – LONDON

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22ND

7:30pm – Outbound Flight LAX-LONDON

THURSDAY, JULY 23RD

2:25pm – Flight arrives London Gatwick/Heathrow from LAX 

3:15pm – meet with D.A.P. Representative – at airport in arrivals with our guide John, Gatwick/Heathrow Express Train from Airport direct to London Victoria, short walk to arrive at Hotel – Park Plaza, Victoria, London SW1V 1EQ

5:00pm – room allocation, unpack, familiarization, welcome meeting and familiarization walk in the area of the hotel

6:00pm – London sightseeing tour by bus – THE BIG BUS TOUR – 60 – 90 mins

8:00pm – group dinner close to hotel – D.A.P. to arrange

FRIDAY, JULY 24TH

8:00am – breakfast in hotel

9:30am – depart hotel by train Victoria to Blackfriars – then short walk to The Globe

10:20am -arrive at Shakespeare’s Globe

10:30am – tour of the Globe Theatre and Exhibition Centre, lunch break and then stroll along the River Thames to Waterloo Bridge, visit Royal National Theatre bookshop en-route

2:50pm – arrive Covent Garden – time to explore 

4:15pm – backstage tour of Theatre Royal Drury Lane

5:20pm – dinner in West End at Wildwood Italian Restaurant on Bow Street, Covent Garden

7:30pm – WEST END SHOW 1 

10:30pm – Return to hotel by tube 

SATURDAY, JULY 25TH

8:30am – breakfast in hotel

10:00am – tube into West End to Pineapple Studios, Covent Garden – Studio 

11:00am – practical workshop 1 –  finish at 1:00pm – lunch

2:00pm – visit the British Museum then some time to visit the shops on Neal Street, Covent Garden

5:00pm – group dinner – Covent Garden Pub, Bow Street, Covent Garden – traditional British Pub Meal

7:30pm – WEST END SHOW 2 – National Theatre

10:00pm – Return to hotel by tube

SUNDAY, JULY 26TH

8:30am – breakfast in hotel

10:00am – train from London Victoria to a regional theatre venue – Brighton, Eastbourne most likely

time to explore

2:30pm – REGIONAL SHOW 3 – matinee performance

6:00pm – group dinner close to theatre

8:00pm – train back to London Victoria

10:00pm – return to hotel

MONDAY, JULY 27TH

8:30am – breakfast in hotel

10:00am – tube into West End to Pineapple Studios, Covent Garden – Studio 

11:00am – practical workshop 2 –  finish at 13.00 – lunch

2:00pm – afternoon visit to The Tower of London

7:00pm – group dinner 

9:00pm – return to hotel by tube

TUESDAY, JULY 28TH

8:30am – breakfast in hotel

10:00am – Bus to Harry Potter Studios Tour

2:15pm – Bus & tube to Covent Garden   

3:00pm – Afternoon free in Covent Garden 

5:30pm – Group dinner – Wagamama, Covent Garden then walk to Theatre 

7:30pm – WEST END SHOW 4

10:00pm – Return to hotel by tube

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH

8:30am – breakfast in hotel

10:00am – Visit Westminster Abbey for tour, own lunch arrangements

2:00pm – Afternoon free to explore the South Bank and stroll along the river to Bankside

5:30pm – Group dinner at Bankside 

7:30pm – WEST END SHOW 5 – The Globe Theatre

10:00pm – Return to hotel by tube

THURSDAY, JULY 30TH

8:30am – Breakfast in hotel

10:00am – Free day today for own sightseeing

12:00pm – Optional visit to Harrod’s and optional Dim Sum lunch with Adrian in Chinatown

7:30pm – Group dinner at Giraffe, Victoria and time in the Pub!

FRIDAY, JULY 31ST

7:45am – Breakfast in hotel

8:45am – MET Coach to Stratford upon Avon from hotel

11:00am – Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace House, the RSC Theatres Tour and The Tower and THE PLAY’S THE THING interactive exhibition

4:30pm – Dinner at The Old Thatch Tavern

6:30pm – Coach from Stratford upon Avon back to hotel 

9:00pm – Return to hotel by MET Coach 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1ST

7:30am – Breakfast in hotel

8:45am – Time for packing – clear rooms and check-out of hotel – leave hotel at 9:40am to walk to Station

10:00am – Gatwick/Heathrow Express Train from Victoria Station to London Gatwick/Heathrow Airport 

11:10am – Check in at airport 

2:10pm – Group departs for return flight and arrive LAX same day at 5:30pm

This timetable could be subject to slight changes. Any questions or requests for changes should be made through the course leader.

In London your tour is on a Half-Board basis – breakfast in the hotel, which is continental buffet style and dinner in a different restaurant each evening whilst in London. 

TWO TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST LONDON TRIPS

“The London trip was ‘the stuff that dreams are made of’ – including a visit to the home of the man who coined that phrase! Four plays, two trips out of town, an amazing guide with a lifetime of theater experience, private workshops for the kids on stage combat and puppetry, the special tours of The Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Drury Lane Theater—all added up to an amazing package for a week-long trip. And to top it all off with a trip to the Harry Potter Studio was brilliant. Thanks, Adrian, for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. My grandson Jack gives it a two thumbs up, and would give it three thumbs up if it were anatomically possible!” -Judy Muller

“Miguel and I had a wonderful time. All I can say is Wow. Really, really! I think this was a spectacular trip and I feel like Miguel and I really got to see and experience London. The theatre aspect really added to the cultural aspect – and getting to know that side of London. It was a good mix of tourist sights and Theatre. For us, this was a trip of a lifetime. I can’t say enough good things about the whole experience. Thank you again for being a wonderful chaperone and tour guide. I will plan to go again (assuming you still are guiding the trips) when Miguel’s younger sisters get a little older, so please do keep me on your mailing list.” -Alfredo Gomez

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Contact

See description for all information. For further questions, please feel free to contact Adrian Cohen at Adrian@upstageschools.com or (323) 377-6034

Early bird discount of $3450 if paid in full by December 31st 2019.

To reserve a space: Full payment must be received by Feb 2020. If trip does not go ahead, entire payment returned

Full refund minus $500 if canceled by February 28, 2020. After which it’ll be subject to how much money can be retrieved from the various vendors. A “no flight” option is available for those wishing to make their own way to London please contact Adrian.

(Travel insurance not included)

Minimum Number: 10
Maximum Number: 30

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