It’s that time again, the American Stage Travel Trippers are heading to LONDON with CEO/Producing Artistic Director STEPHANIE GULARTE!
Read on to learn about Steph & Tom’s TOP 3 most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip!
TOM’S TOP 3
“London has a long, rich history of appreciation for theatre. The people are proud of this tradition and value the art form. It’s exciting to be part of this tradition as well as everything else the UK has to offer.“ – General Manager, and Lead Tripper Tom Block
3. Visiting the new exhibit at Kensington Palace.
While in London we will also visit the new Victoria exhibition at Kensington Palace where we’ll discover a different perspective on the life and legacy of one of our most famous monarchs.
2. Our long-time guide Gillian sharing her incredible knowledge of the UK.
Our wonderful guide Gillian will escort us on several coach tours including: a visit to Dennis Severs’ house in Spitalfields, a meticulously crafted 18th century living history museum that follows the generational fortunes of Huguenot silk-weavers; a visit to Hatfield House, a fine Jacobean country house which became a favorite residence of Queen Elizabeth 1 and has recently been featured in The Favourite; a tour of the Globe Theatre; and a tour of Parliament.
1. The plays that Stephanie is selecting and her discussions about them.
We will see three plays selected (see below) by Ms. Gularte with an option of attending two to three other plays with her as well. In anticipation of the performances, Ms.Gularte will provide background information on the plays, and will give brief discussions about the plays en route to each performance. At the hotel, you will be invited to join Ms. Gularte in a conversation about the performances you’ve seen.
STEPH’S TOP 3
“I really look forward to this trip as it feeds my inspiration as artistic director not only in the quality of plays that we see but through the experience of being immersed in the vibrancy of the city.” – Stephanie Gularte, Producing Artist Director
3. Excellent accommodations to relax in after eventful days of excursions.
We begin our trip in Chichester staying two nights in the coastal village of Bosham. Nestled on 35 private acres, the Millstream Hotel on Chichester Harbor is a traditional British retreat offering breakfast daily. On our first evening, we will enjoy a group welcome dinner. Once in London, we will spend seven nights at The May Fair, a centrally-located, five-star hotel.
2. The opportunity to connect with one another and exchange ideas and stories throughout the experience.
At the hotel, the trippers will be invited to join Ms. Gularte in a conversation about the performances they’ve seen.
1. The inspiration that comes from seeing some of the most exciting theatre in the world!
We will attend a performance of MACBETH at the famous Chichester Festival Theatre.
Much celebrated for his forthright bravery, Macbeth is a state hero. After the bloody defeat of a rebel army, he encounters a trio of strangers who predict that one day he will be King. Having delivered their ambiguous message, they vanish, leaving a mind cracked open.
Fearing that her husband lacks the vital drive to take charge of his fate, Lady Macbeth invokes her stronger nature to fulfill their destiny. The plan she hatches will trigger an uncontrollable train of events, hurtling two corrupted souls to the heart of darkness.
This contemporary production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy shows ambition falling headlong into tyranny and chaos. As appearances increasingly deceive, the nature of reality itself comes into question.
We will also attend theatre legend Sir Ian McKellan‘s limited West End engagement at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
“Taking this new Show to 80+ theatres around the country, has been a joyful birthday present to myself. I’ve played mainly in theatres I knew well as a young theatregoer and actor. On my birthday, I was in Bolton Town Hall where my dad used to work. It began last February with 15 theatres in Greater London and will end in Orkney. Soon I will be back in London, for a limited season in the West End, raising much-needed funds for theatre charities.” Sir Ian McKellan
Finally, we will be attending THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT, a brand-new play adapted from the 1951 film of the same name, starring Green Wing actor Stephen Mangan and EastEnders actress Kara Tointon.
A research chemist and Cambridge alumnus Sidney Stratton invents an incredibly durable fibre that repels dirt and never fades. The ‘magical’ fabric is used to create an unbelievably shiny white suit that doesn’t absorb dye and remains luminous thanks to its use of radioactive material. But when Stratton is tricked into selling off his invention, he refuses the bribe and takes off into the streets, with his white suit glowing in the dark of the night. But is his suit as strong as it lets off, or will he soon be begging for threads?
The new play is adapted and directed by Sean Foley and is based on the 1951 Ealing comedy classic that starred Joan Greenwood and Alec Guinness. The West End production of The Man in the White Suit at Wyndham’s Theatre.
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