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2015 London Trip

Hyde Park in the Fall  

THE DATES: October 13 - 21, 2015

Baby George is toddling about, and the Royals are expecting baby number two in April. After our successful trip two years ago, everyone’s saying it’s time to go back to London!


  • Round trip direct non-stop British Air, Tampa to Gatwick
  • Seven nights at London’s four-star hotel, The Rubens at the Palace, on Condé Nast’s 2013 Gold List of the top 500 hotels in the world. This is also the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace.
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • Three London theater experiences. Plays we are seeing include the sold out run of the The Winter’s Tale starring Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh; the sensational mega-hit Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton; and a new play starring Nicole Kidman - Photograph 51 - about Rosalind Franklin, the ambitious scientist who contributed to our understanding of DNA.
  • All bus transfers to and from the airport, theaters, and all planned excursions
  • Two day trips out of London with our fabulous Rick Steves’ guide Gillian.
    • A scenic drive in the Weald of Kent area, a visit to Churchill’s house in Chartwell, and a group lunch.
    • A visit to Kenwood House in Hampstead, a fabulous Palladian villa with a rich art collection of Rembrandts, Vermeers, Hals, and Turners, followed by a walking tour and lunch in Hampstead village.
    • A boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich, home of Greenwich mean time, Painted Hall and Chapel, Queen’s House, the National Maritime Museum, and the Royal Observatory.
  • Two group lunches, one group dinner, and one high tea
  • A visit to the Royal Academy for the landmark exhibit of Ai Weiwei’s major works. China’s most famous artist, Ai Weiwei designed China’s Olympic stadium. We’ll follow the visit with a leisurely tea at Fortnum and Mason.
  • A $200 tax deductible donation to American Stage

American Stage’s friends, Diane Bailey Morton and her husband, Nick – who now live in London - are giving us plenty of ideas to make this a very special trip. You know how we do it – we’re always looking for exciting things to add, and we’ll pick the best-available plays that are showing in London at the time, as well as the finest restaurants.

This is a trip you will not want to miss! 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, THE COST IS $4,824 (Single supplement: $900)
Payments –First deposit due now ($2412);
2 remaining payments of $1206 due on July 1st, and September 1st.
No refunds after final payment.

Make checks out to American Stage, and send to Tom Block, c/o American Stage, PO Box 1560, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33731.

We must confirm our plans immediately. If you want to join us, please call Tom Block at (727) 823-1600 extension 208 or Tinker McKee at (727) 895-4835.

For cancellation insurance, please contact BJ Lambert at (727) 528-8714.

New York Trip

At NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, the wine is fine, the music festival is in town, and the theatre is the best in North America.


THE DATES: July 13th – July 18th

A temperate climate, sumptuous meals, and world-class theater – we must be going back to Canada and the George Bernard Shaw Festival! We’ll spend five nights in the center of this quaint town in the heart of wine country at the welcoming, four-star, Prince of Wales Hotel which is often listed among the 100 best in the world.


We fly round trip from Tampa to Buffalo, NY, where we will be met and transported to the hotel. Your stay will of course include breakfast daily.


  • The bold, colorful world of 1960s New York, Sweet Charity, book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, and lyrics by Dorothy Fields
  • One of Broadway’s biggest stars, Moss Hart’s comic love-letter to the theatre world, Light Up the Sky
  • The Caryl Churchill contemporary classic, Top Girls, thatlooks at what it really takes to be a woman at the top during the Thatcher era
  • The Twelve-Pound Look, by J.M. Barrie, delightfully explores that twelve pounds is all it takes to buy a woman who cannot love her husband her freedom.
  • Peter and the Starcatcher, by Rick Elice, music by Wayne Barker, a theatrical prequel to Peter Pan that uses the magic of story and music to chronical the adventures of a boy soon-to-be-called Peter.
  • As an added bonus, we will attend a concert at the Niagara Music Festival


If you’ve never been to Niagara-on-the-Lake, we’re sure you’ll be enchanted with the unique shops, lovely parks, and excellent restaurants.

  • Round trip air fare from Tampa; all private scheduled, private transportation; all group excursions
  • All theater tickets (always the best seats available)
  • Hotel room and breakfast daily
  • Three group lunches and/or dinners
  • A $200 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

FOR ALL THIS, THE COST IS $2,550. (Single supplement: $700)

You may pay this in 3 installments:
Due Now: $850
Due April 1st: $850
Due June 1st: $850


The trip fills up fast, so let us know as soon as you’ve decided.

Make checks payable to: American Stage. Mail to: Tom Block, American Stage, PO Box 1560, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. For questions or more details, call Tom Block at 727-823-1600, ext. 208 or Tinker McKee (727) 895-4835.

For cancellation insurance, call BJ at 727-528-8714.

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