Theater in London

April 25/26–May 4, 2014

Participants have raved for years about Pat and Kathy Quade's leadership and their incomparable Theater in London program.

Now it is your turn to participate in this exceptional experience! Attend performances at The Royal Shakespeare in both London and Stratford-upon-Avon, The Royal National's three theaters and the Royal Court theaters as well as other distinctive venues. Tour backstage at the Globe Theatre, and meet with one of London's premier theater critics. We anticipate attending eight or nine performances. Final selections will depend on productions offered and timing of the performances.

In addition to experiencing some of London's favorite cultural treasures, we'll plan an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon to attend a matinee and/or evening performance. The Royal Shakespeare Company finished a complete renovation in 2010 of the main theater space in Stratford and it remains a stunning venue.

This program routinely sells out so we encourage you to register early!


Discover London

London is the theater capital of the world. The number and variety of productions and the standards of acting and directing are unrivaled. The London stage accommodates both the traditional and avant-garde, the commercial and the experimental. Few activities in London are as entertaining and rewarding as the theater.

One of the world's most visited cities, London has something for everyone, from history to culture, art, grand museums, dazzling architecture, royalty, diversity and irrepressible pizazz. London is immersed in history ― not so much that it's precious, but there's sufficient historic splendor to blow you away (think Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court). London's buildings are eye-catching milestones in the city's unique and compelling biography. There's more than enough funky innovation (the Shard, the Aquatics Centre, the Gherkin) to put a crackle in the air, but it never drowns out London's well-preserved, centuries-old narrative.

London is rightly famed for its museums and galleries. Prized collections, ancient and contemporary ― from Bloomsbury's British Museum to the South Bank's Tate Modern ― share top billing with small spaces such as the Sir John Soane's Museum that could only exist in this city.

Finally, London is as much about high-density, sight-packed exploration and urban dynamism as it is about wide-open spaces and leafy escapes. Central London is where you will find all the major museums, galleries and most iconic sights, but in moments you can escape to Hampstead Heath or Greenwich Park Even in the centre of town, you'll find a city dappled with a well-tended array of parks and gardens, making it one of the world's leafiest capital cities.(adapted from frommers.com and lonelyplanet.com).


Program leaders

Pat and Kathy Quade are veteran travelers and program leaders. Pat led his first Study Travel program, "London for Theater Lovers," in 1995 and has led "Theater in London" January Interim courses for students 10 times. Kathy has joined him in leading students on Term in the Middle East and Global Semester. They have led Study Travel programs for adults in more than 10 countries, and always have plans for future programs.

Pat graduated from St. Olaf in 1965 and taught in the theater department from 1968 to 1996. In addition to teaching and directing plays, he served from 1996 to 2004 as director of International and Off-Campus Studies, which annually sends over 800 students abroad on more than 35 Interim courses and 60 semester- or year-long programs. Kathy graduated from UW-Madison and was disabilities services coordinator at St. Olaf prior to her retirement in 2004. Kathy and Pat recently spent a year working at United International College in Zhuhai, China, where Kathy taught English and Pat served as the Chief of International Development.


What to expect

Except for possible excursion days, our schedule starts with breakfast and a discussion at the hotel. Most afternoons will be free so that you can explore London on your own, relax before the evening's performance or join Pat and Kathy to visit some of London's cultural sites. We will attend nightly performances (except Sunday) plus a matinee on one or two days. This schedule can be vigorous, depending on how you use your free time.

Accommodations are in standard rooms at the Copthorne Tara, a large tourist class hotel near Hyde Park with 24-hour guest services. Standard rooms come equipped with satellite tv, high speed internet (for an extra charge), radio, alarm clock, ironing board and iron, refrigerator, tea and coffee maker, and hair dryer. The closest Tube stop is High Street Kensington, about two blocks away.

London is best experienced on foot. Be prepared for lots of walking! We will take the subway or bus to and from matinee and evening performances, restaurants and other sites around town. This can include walking several blocks to the Tube stop, walking down and up one or more flights of stairs in the subway station, and walking several blocks to the final destination. Some of the theaters are old and require walking up narrow stairs to our seats. Comfortable shoes trump the latest fashion! We will provide precise timing and addresses in the final itinerary so that you may take taxis (at your own expense) if you prefer.

Day excursions outside the city will be made by private motor coach. On arrival and departure days, you will need to manage your own luggage and arrange for your own transfers to and from the airport.

You should be able to walk up to five miles per day over possibly uneven terrain (e.g. cobblestones or aged sidewalks), climb stairs that may not have handrails, keep pace with an active group of travelers, deal with the emotional highs and lows that can occur when experiencing a different culture, and be a considerate member of the group (prompt, courteous and flexible).

Temperatures in early May range from highs in the mid-60s Fahrenheit to lows in the mid-40s. Rainfall that month averages just less than two inches.

You should plan on seeing your family physician or a travel doctor at least four to six weeks prior to departure, preferably earlier, to talk about routine vaccinations. For more information on travel health, visit cdc.gov or who.it.


Program Fee

The program fee is $2,490 through Dec. 1, 2013. Based on double occupancy, it includes seminars by Pat Quade, assistance by Kathy Quade, accommodations, theater tickets, breakfast daily and group meals as listed on the itinerary, admissions for group activities, ground transportation (except airport transfers) and gratuities for group meals and group guides. For single occupancy, add $600. After Dec. 1, 2013, the program fee is $2,640 per person.

Airfare is not included in the program fee. Participants are solely responsible for all expenses not specifically included in the program fee. Examples of excluded expenses are: airfare, transfers between the airport and hotel on arrival and departure, any passport and visa fees, any recommended immunizations or vaccinations, accident / baggage / trip cancellation insurance, beverages, laundry, dry cleaning, phone charges, room service or mini bar charges, expenses incurred during free time or non-group activities, and lunch and dinner, unless specifically included on program itinerary.

Payment schedule


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