The Weston Playhouse, Vermont's award-winning regional theatre, is sponsoring its 9th annual London Theatre Tour, visiting the capital of the English-speaking theatre world from January 5 to 14, 2010.
Led by Playhouse Producing Director Steve Stettler and London Tour Director Giles Ramsay, the trip includes nine nights at the 4-star Grange White Hall Hotel, a restored Georgian townhouse with private gardens overlooking the British Museum.
The tour features six plays, one concert, two day trips, and a series of stimulating discussions with top theatre artists.
"We're very pleased to be able to offer this year's tour at last year's price," said Stettler. "We have found that January is an ideal time to visit London, as the weather is temperate and the many new shows that have opened over the holidays are available at post-holiday rates and without the crowds."
Past and prospective tour members are invited to an informal reception on Sunday, August 30 at 4 p.m. in the Weston Playhouse Living Room, to meet Stettler and Ramsay, receive updates, and answer questions about the forthcoming trip.
As in the past, a group of 20 to 30 will enjoy London's latest hits and most interesting new productions. Offerings under consideration include the National Theatre's acclaimed production of War Horse on the West End; actor Alfred Molina in Red, a new play about artist Mark Rothko, at the Donmar Warehouse; John Guare's modern classic, Six Degrees of Separation, at the Old Vic; and Rope, the revival of a jazz age thriller that was the basis for a famous Hitchcock film, at the Almeida.
Tour members meet with artists from the featured plays, and the popular Critical Round-Up provides a rare chance to compare notes with one of London's leading critics.
While theatre is its centerpiece, the Weston Playhouse Tour is equally known for its special visits and private meals not available to the usual tourist.
Highlights of the 2010 trip will include a guided tour of London's famed antique center at Portobello Road Market; a private visit with lunch at historic Kirby House, the Astor family home in Berkshire; and dinners in private rooms at The Coach and Horses Pub in Soho and Motcombs, Belgravia's most famous restaurant.
Giles Ramsay, who has led custom tours for the Manhattan Theatre Club and the BSO, has designed every Weston Playhouse Tour. Participants receive thorough welcome packets and every day includes free time. The tour price includes luxury accommodations, many meals, all performances, discussions and visits, ground transportation and a tax-deductible contribution to the Weston Playhouse. A group flight is recommended and will be met by the tour leaders.
Complete itinerary, pricing and registration forms for the WPTC London Theatre Tour can be found on the theatre's website at www.westonplayhouse.org.