As Audrey Hepburn once said, "If clothes make the man, then certainly the costume designer makes the actor." The work of costume designers is part art, part fashion design, part history, and part drama. It's about capturing someone's essence, representing life in a particular time or place, and making a statement about performers that inspires fantasy and distinguishes them from the crowd. This program explores the thriving theatrical design community in London.
This is a sample program and designed for illustrative purposes only. We custom design every study tour to your specifications.
Day 1 – US DEPARTURE
Overnight flight from US to London
Day 2 – LONDON ARRIVAL
Morning arrival at Heathrow. Meet your Select Travel Service study tour manager. Departing the airport we make the journey into central London. En route to the hotel we embark upon a panoramic tour of the both the City and West End. See such sights as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Regents Street. Plenty of photo stops are planned along the way. Early afternoon hotel check in and unpack. Gather together again for an early dinner before retiring for the night.
Day 3 – THEATRELAND TOUR
Enjoy a Theatreland Walking Tour on the theme of "100 Years of London Theatre". Trace theatreland's history from Edwardian Music Hall and Suffragette Drama via revues, musicals, theatre clubs and battles with the censor to subsidy and the fringe. Learn about personalities who have shaped theatre in the past 100 years from Charles Wyndham and Herbert Beerbohm Tree to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh.
This afternoon we visit one of the London costumiers such as Angels has been dressing the entertainment industry for nearly 170 years. Others include The Costume Studio and Academy Costumes. These are some of the largest collections of costumes and accessories anywhere in the world, all of which are available for productions large and small, from epic to art-house.
Tonight we will attend a performance at one of London's famous West End theatres.
Day 4 – THE SOUTH BANK
Morning visit to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on London's South Bank. Tour the magnificent reconstruction of this 16th century theatre and enjoy a theatrical workshop on a subject of your choice. Tonight we will attend a performance at one of London's famous West End theatres.
Day 5 – CITY OF BATH
Enjoy a full day excursion to Bath by train. We catch the train from Paddington Station and the journey time is about 90 minutes. Bath is one of England's most beautiful, elegant and historic cities, and is classed as a World Heritage City. The Roman's were captivated by the area of Bath over 2,000 years ago, when Bath was a vast green valley with a miraculous stream of endless hot water. More recently, Bath became a fashionable health resort in the eighteenth century and today the remains of the Roman Baths and graceful Georgian architecture combine to make Bath one of Britain's most popular attractions.
For centuries Bath has been a centre of fashion, attracting visitors to its spa and social diversions. The Assembly Rooms is one of Bath's finest Georgian buildings and is still central to the city's social life. Very appropriately it also houses the Fashion Museum and its internationally renowned collection of fashionable dress. We enjoy a guided tour by one of the Museum Guides, and a collection of items from a pre-selected period, with sketching materials, can be made available for closer inspection and study.
In Bath, enjoy a visit to the Roman Baths. Perhaps the best preserved Roman religious spa from the ancient world, there are four main features: The Sacred Spring, The Roman Temple, The Roman Bath House and finds from Roman Bath. We'll also see the Georgian Pump Room. Late afternoon return to London by train.
Day 6 – NATIONAL THEATRE COSTUME DEPARTMENT
Morning Seminar: Credit Suisso
(Non Credit Enrichment Program Options)
Cuddle up to over 400 celebrities at Madame Tussaud's.
Afternoon group activity:
Stroll through the Tower of London. Yeoman Warders, wearing the "Beefeater" uniforms of Tudor days, will guide you and retell the merrie dramas behind the ancient walls. You'll see the ravens which hop tamely where so much savage tragedy, such as the beheading of Lady Jane Grey, once took place. Be sure to see the Crown Jewels of the Royal Family.
Day 7 – INDEPENDENT STUDY
Day at leisure. It's shopping time. Get out your Visa and MasterCard to pick up some memorable souvenirs of this incredible trip, not only for yourself, but for the folks at home also!
Evening: Elizabethan Banquet at the 15th century Old Palace, on the grounds of Hatfield House, where Queen Elizabeth I heard of her ascension to the throne and called her first Council of State.
Day 8 – RETURN HOME
Regrettably this morning we bid farewell to England and journey to Heathrow for our return flight home.
6 Nights Hotel
Sightseeing & Seminars:
100 Years of Theatre Tour, Angels Costumiers, Globe Theatre, Bath Fashion Museum, Roman Baths, National Theatre Costume House.
Airport-hotel transfers, hotel and local taxes, baggage handling, touring by deluxe private motorcoach, services of a professional study tour manager, local specialist guides.
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