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London: British Theatre

From race/ethnicity-blind casting to the high degree of training available to actors, British theatre is extraordinary. Students on this program will read seven to eight plays written by British authors and see them performed live on stages in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and more cities across Britain.

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Course Description

Students will get the opportunity to study British theatre from text to the stage on a number of theatre tours, including complete workshops with master performers from the Royal Shakespeare Company and a costume demonstration with the Globe Theatre. They will also explore the historical context that surrounds the literature, both physical and sociopolitical, in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford. Proposed readings include William Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of WindsorRomeo and JulietMacbeth, and Timon of Athens, and Moliere’s Tartuffe. More titles will be announced.

Program Information

Course: LIT 367 / HON 270: British Theatre

Liberal Learning: Literary, Visual, & Performing Arts; Global (meets VPA requirement for School of Education programs)

Dates: January 1 – January 19, 2019 (Program will run about 3 weeks)

Program Directors: Michael Robertson, Professor of English, and Diane Steinberg, Assistant Professor of English

Eligibility: No prerequisites, no language requirements, or GPA restrictions. Open to all students (including current first-year students).

Program Fee: TBD. (Winter 2018 Fee was $6,053). In the meanwhile, explore scholarship opportunities.


  • The British Museum
  • The British Library
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • The Tower of London
  • Backstage tour of the main RSC Theatre
  • Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trinity Church, and Southwark Cathedral
  • The Middle Temple Banqueting Hall
  • Workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • Shakespeare’s birthplace and other buildings associated with him
  • High Tea
  • The Globe Theatre tour and costume demonstration
  • Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, and the Greenwich Observatory
  • A boat tour of the Thames River
  • Walking Tour of Oxford
  • Performances of 7-8 plays in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon by professional companies


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Robertson at or Prof. Steinberg at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.