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British Theatre

RSCWhat better places to study theatre than London and Stratford-upon-Avon!  Join two TCNJ faculty experts on a memorable journey to England in January 2016. This program will present British drama in production from varied time periods, including multiple plays by Shakespeare and plays adapted from novels for younger readers.  (Plays vary from year to year.) Students will read and discuss six to eight plays and novels and preparation to see these texts in productions in London or Stratford-upon-Avon.  Course activities will include a day-long workshop with the pre-eminent Shakespeare company in the world (the Royal Shakespeare Company), a workshop conducted at the Globe Theatre (including a theatre tour), and stops at many significant sights in London and Stratford.

Courses:

LIT 367: British Theatre (1 unit – 4 undergraduate credits)
ENGL 670: British Theatre (3 graduate credits)
Dates: January 2016 (Exact dates TBD)
Liberal Learning: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts (for Liberal Learning), Visual or Performing Arts (for education majors)
English Major/Minor Requirements: Literary History (for English majors) and a 300-level English course (for English majors and minors)
Eligibility:  No Pre-Requisites, No Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions. Open to all students (including current first-year students)

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Course Description:

This course will look at British drama in production from varied time periods, including multiple plays by Shakespeare and plays adapted from novels for younger readers.  Students will read and discuss six to eight plays and novels; have the opportunity to see these texts in productions in London

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or Stratford-upon-Avon; experience a day-long workshop with the pre-eminent Shakespeare company in the world (the Royal Shakespeare Company); tour the Globe Theatre and experience a workshop there; and tour many other London and Stratford sites.

LIT 367 will be of particular interest to students majoring in secondary education English/language arts, secondary education history/social studies, elementary or other education, English liberal arts, and journalism.  Each student will come away with a journal reflecting on multiple experiences for

potential professional use.  In addition, an education major may complete the course with a lesson plan and a small bulletin board; an English liberal arts major may research and write a conference paper; students of other majors will consult the faculty about a professionally-appropriate project.

Program Directors:

2016 Program Cost: TBD after the July 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting (2015 Undergraduate Program Cost: $5,039.16)

Undergraduate Students Price does not include Airfare (TBD) or theatre tickets ($400).  Airfare will be paid directly to Vista Travel by the student.

Graduate Students Price does not include Airfare (TBD) or theatre tickets ($400).  Airfare will be paid directly to Vista Travel by the student.

Program Cost Includes: 

  • Accommodations for London and Stratford-upon-Avon (shared rooms)
  • All breakfasts (where included with the hotels)
  • All admissions (with the group)
  • Ground transportation in the UK
  • Some group meals
  • International Student Insurance
  • Tuition for the course
  • CGE Application Fee

Program Cost Does Not Include:

  • Airfare (to be paid by student through TCNJ’s group travel agent)
  • Theatre tickets
  • Transportation to/from Newark International Airport
  • Other meals
  • Other admissions during unscheduled time
  • Books and other required materials
  • Personal items

When paying by credit card, there is a convenience charge of 2.35% added to the final amount.

The Refund/Cancellation/Withdrawal Policies can be found here.

Testimonials:

– Nicole Magno (English Secondary Education major)

The British Theatre course not only allowed me the rare opportunity of learning in an environment that is rich with history and culture, but also gave me the chance to experience literature in an exciting and fun way. London always had something to do or see, whether it was getting lost in numerous museums, exploring London streets to take in the beauty of the architecture or finding platform 9¾ at King’s Cross. As a student, I learned so much because I was immersed in context and captivated by how literature can come to life!

Tentative List of Learning Experiences:

  • British Library Treasures Gallery Tour
  • Richard II by the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Highlights Tour of British Museum
  • Imperial War Museum Visit
  • High tea at a Stratford-Upon-Avon hotel
  • Globe Theatre tour and costuming workshop
  • An Elizabethan-style production at the new Sam Waterman Theatre opening on the South Bank
  • War Horse at the New London Theatre
  • Lunch at the Middle Temple medieval banquet hall
  • Matilda, the Musical at the Cambridge Seven Dials Theatre
  • Twilight tour of the Tower of London
  • Tour of Westminster Abbey
  • Lunch at a medieval coaching inn – the St. George’s – in Southwark near the site of Chaucer’s Tabard Inn
  • Off-West End experimental production at the New Diorama Theatre
  • Merry Wives of Windsor at the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon)
  • Tour of a Royal Castle – probably Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s favorite
  • Tour of 4 Shakespeare houses (Stratford-upon-Avon)
  • Workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon)
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