WESTON >> The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has announced plans for its annual London Theatre Tour, visiting the capital of the English-speaking theatre world from Nov. 8 to 17. Weston Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler and London Tour Director Giles Ramsay who have designed the company's 14 previous tours will again be leading the group. Tour participants will spend nine nights at The Montague on the Gardens, a 4-star boutique hotel in a row of restored Georgian townhouses adjacent to the British Museum in Bloomsbury, a quiet neighborhood of parks and cafes. The package includes six plays, a concert, special meals, and a series of lectures and discussions.
Billed as "a tour for people who don't do tours," the hallmarks of Weston's trip are the stimulating discussions that occur, both planned and impromptu, and plenty of free time to take advantage of all that London has to offer.
"When we began these tours we had no idea they would be so popular," comments Stettler. "The group itself is always fun and stimulating, and many participants return year after year. November is a perfect time to visit London, as the weather is temperate, and we can enjoy the shows opening in anticipation of the holidays while avoiding the crowds to come. You don't have to be a theatre expert to attend – our discussions are open and informative, and we love sharing opinions on everything."
The group of approximately 25 will enjoy London's latest hits and most acclaimed new productions, including Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land," starring Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart, and John Osborne's "The Entertainer," with Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt, and Greta Scacchi. Tour participants also meet with actors and other artists involved in the productions, as well as top journalists and London critics. Each participant receive scripts and welcome packets with recommendations of additional plays, concerts, and exhibitions.
The trip package includes luxury accommodations, many meals, all performances, discussions and visits, ground transportation in London, and a tax-deductible contribution to Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. A group flight is recommended and will be met by the tour leaders. Registration forms and a draft itinerary are available on the company's website at westonplayhouse.org/shows-and-events/london-tour or by contacting Charma Bonanno at (802) 824-8167 x 108 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested tour members are urged to return a registration form as soon as possible in order to receive preferred seating for all performances. The official registration deadline is June 15. Questions about the tour can be addressed to Steve Stettler at email@example.com.