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London’s Theatreland

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London’s Theatreland

8 Days

This is a unique opportunity to explore London’s exciting theatreland. Go behind the scenes at iconic theatres and famous venues, meeting the personalities and enjoying exclusive on-stage and back-stage experiences.

There are an estimated 38 theatres within this area and each has its own unique history. An impressive cast list of thespians and performers have passed through their stage doors over the years. Many of the theatres are well over one hundred years old and come with a rich legacy.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



This exciting exploration of London’s West End could include the following experiences;

  • Take a fun and fast orientation tour of the city in a classic restored Mini Cooper. See the streets through the eyes of a Londoner as your passionate guide takes you round the landmarks as well as the hidden gems of the city.

 

  • Embark on a private, VIP tour of the Royal Opera House. Explore the auditoriums and even get special access backstage to the costume workshop. A highlight of your tour will be a chance to see the Royal Ballet studios, maybe even watching a live rehearsal.

 

  • Explore Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House’s local neighbourhood with your private guide. Built around a former fruit and vegetable market, the Italian-style piazza is filled with shops and street performers.

 

  • Embark on a private walking tour of theatre-land. There are an estimated 38 theatres within the confines of this corner of the city and each has its own unique history.

 

  • Enjoy a performance of The Mousetrap, written by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. It opened in 1952 and has been running ever since – making it the longest running West End play in history.

 

  • Visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. In this creative attraction let your imagination run wild as you discover the life of the famous author and the inspiration behind his stories.

 

  • Pay a visit to the fascinating Bletchley Park, the ‘Home of Codebreaking’ and part of the secret history of World War Two. Men and women worked here in secret to help the Allied war effort, intercepting messages and cracking codes.

 

  • Enjoy a backstage tour of the National Theatre. See how the stage is prepared for the shows, including set-building and prop-making in the National Theatre’s workshop. Every tour is planned to fit around whatever is going on at the theatre at the time – so you never know who or what you might see.

 

  • Enjoy an exclusive on-stage experience at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with a private demonstration of the Elizabethan stage combat techniques used by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

 

  • Another Agatha Christie classic awaits with a truly immersive performance of Witness for the Prosecution. In the magnificent surroundings of County Hall, enter the courtroom and experience high drama in this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal.

 

  • Explore the Old Vic theatre and London Colisieum, home of the English National Opera with an exclusive ‘theatre specialist’.  The Old Vic does not ordinarily invite visitors behind the curtain so prepare for a truly special treat.

 

During your London visit we recommend a stay at an exclusive Belgravia hotel and favourite of the Royal Family, complete with Royal Warrant.

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THINGS TO DO

THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Gain exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to one of the world’s leading theatres – the Royal Opera House – as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance. Be introduced to the colourful history of the theatre, learn about the re-development of the Opera House, and look at notable aspects of current productions. You may even see The Royal Ballet in class, or the magnificent backstage technology in operation.

 

COVENT GARDEN

Covent Garden is built around a former fruit and vegetable market, the Italian-style piazza is filled with shops and street performers. It is also a great place to find something to eat. From the oldest restaurant in London, to fresh imports from around the world. Covent Garden is an explosion of every culinary delight you can think of.

MINI COOPER LONDON EXPERIENCE

Begin the day with a fast and fun two-hour orientation tour of the City of London in two restored Classic Mini Coopers.

SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE

Enjoy a visit to the Globe Theatre. The original Globe was famous as the home of Britain’s greatest playwright – William Shakespeare.

 

NATIONAL THEATRE BACKSTAGE TOUR

Enjoy a backstage tour of The National Theatre. Famous for putting on performances of both classic and contemporary plays, and with around twenty-five brand new productions each year, the National has a reputation for cutting edge and world leading drama. Many of the most famous faces in the world of dramatic arts have graced this stage.

BLETCHLEY PARK

Until fairly recently Bletchley Park was Britain’s best kept secret. The secrecy surrounding all the activities carried on here during World War II was of vital importance to national security and the Allies’ ultimate victory. It was here that an organisation called the Government Code and Cypher School studied and devised methods to enable the Allied forces to decipher the military codes and ciphers that secured German, Japanese, and other Axis nation’s communications. Bletchley Park heralded the birth of the information age with the industrialisation of the codebreaking processes enabled by machines such as the Turing/Welchman Bombe, and the world’s first electronic computer, Colossus. Today, Bletchley Park is a treasured heritage site designed to preserve the important story of the Codebreakers during World War II, and a truly fascinating visit.

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LONDON

London, with its unique blend of history and culture, is constantly changing, with new landmarks, stylish restaurants and clubs opening up all the time. Recently voted as the gourmet capital of the world, London is the European capital to stay in touch with all that’s new and exciting, while enjoying its wealth of historic buildings and eclectic mix of museums and art galleries. With its unique blend of history and culture, the bustling metropolis of London has long been considered a must-see destination. The city is constantly changing, offering a wealth of historic buildings and monuments, as well as an eclectic mix of museums, art galleries and world famous attractions.

LONDON’S WEST END

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