Stephanie Gularte is thrilled to be heading to London with the American Stage Trippers this fall, October 10-20, and would like to invite you to join! For the past thirty years, the Trippers have traveled around the country and around the world on cultural adventures. These trips have provided great memories and unique experiences to hundreds of travel lovers, while raising critical funds that support American Stage’s programming.
General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip:
5. FOUR THEATER PRESENTATIONS AND POST-PLAY DISCUSSIONS WITH STEPHANIE GULARTE
Our fall trip to what many call the “theatre capital of the world” will be Stephanie’s first opportunity to join the Trippers and she is already having a great time working with General Manager Tom Block to plan an amazing 10-day experience. Stephanie has been poring over the fall London theatre line-up to select the dynamic plays that the Trippers will be seeing— “We got really lucky with the tickets we were able to secure – some of the hottest productions this fall!”
In addition to visiting Salisbury and London, going on interesting excursions, eating great food and staying in elegant hotels, Stephanie will be hosting several gatherings where the Trippers will have the opportunity to chat about the plays before and after each performance.
When you step inside the Prince of Wales, you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. The lobby is wonderfully ornate with intricate hardwood floors, plush Victorian furniture, a stained glass mural, beautiful sculptures and plenty of fresh roses. Experience luxury and feel like royalty.
4. A TOUR OF THE ROYAL ELTHAM PALACE
The Trippers will experience the decade of decadence at Eltham Palace as they are transported back to the 1930s (just in time for cocktail hour!). Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930s cutting-edge technology, and part medieval royal palace. The Trippers will make themselves at home, try on clothes, play games and listen to music, as a guest of the Courtaulds.
From small beginnings towards the end of the 19th century, the collection of historic places now managed by English Heritage has grown to over 400, inspired by a determination to put England’s heritage ahead of private interest.
3. THE CHORAL EVENSONG AT THE SALISBURY CATHEDRAL
Choral Evensong is a 45-min long peace-inducing church service in which the ‘song’ of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the ‘even’ point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for restful contemplation – Church members, agnostics and atheists alike. It is both free of charge and free of religious commitment, and its choral music is performed live and often to a very high standard.
BBC Radio 3’s “Choral Evensong” is the longest continuously running outside broadcast in history, begun in 1926 and currently broadcast live on Wednesdays and repeated on Sundays from locations across the UK every week. Perhaps this is because there is something extraordinary about the sound of choral music within the stone-walled acoustics of cathedrals, churches and chapels, and the opportunity it affords us for pause in our busy lives.
2. THE FERRYMAN BY JEZ BUTTERWORTH
Directed by Sam Mendes. This world premiere production at the Royale Court Theatre is one of the most raved about plays on London stages right now and has been held over due to overwhelming demand.
“Vanishing. It’s a powerful word, that. A powerful word.” Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor. “This family can take care of its own.”
Jez Butterworth returns to the Royal Court after The River and the multi-award winning Jerusalem with his new play The Ferryman.
1. SIX DAILY GUIDED TOURS LED BY GILLIAN CHADWICK
One of Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves’ guides, Gillian (or Lady Chadwick, as some call her) is a lucky gal — she’s made a career out of showing off her hometown and beloved country. Part professor and part entertainer, she’s been energetically leading tour groups through London and Britain for nearly a decade. “…there is nowhere on earth as great as London with all its history, culture, and diversity. I am lucky to be a guide in the most fabulous city…” Click here for a clip of Gillian and Rick marvelling over Downtown London’s developing architecture!
Whether you’re a seasoned American Stage Tripper or this is your first trip with us, you’re sure to leave with many new friends and lasting memories. We always have a grand time!
FOR ALL THIS AND MORE, THE COST IS $5100 (Single Room Supplement: Add $1100)
To find out more about our Travel Trippers, click here!