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This one-of-a kind program is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to theatre in London, with English and Theatre Arts majors receiving credit towards the major. London Performance Study is also open to interested non-students. The course is worth 3 s.h. of credit. The program is offered by the University of Iowa Departments of English and Theatre Arts and Study Abroad.
London Performance Study introduces participants to issues in British theatre, past and present. While in England, students attend class in the mornings and, in the evenings, attend plays relevant to the course, selected by the accompanying UI professor. Typically twelve productions are chosen and range from the classic repertory to contemporary plays, fringe theatre, and musicals..
In addition to theatre productions in London, a weekend excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon features two performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company and tours of Shakespeare's homes
Other London activities may include a backstage tour (i.e. at the Royal National Theatre or Shakespeare’s Globe), workshops, and a variety of other cultural and social activities. A break planned midway through the program will allow brief independent travel in England or to the continent.
Program dates for summer 2015 will be available closer to the time of the program. The program usually lasts three weeks and takes place in June.
For more program information contact:
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The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
The United Kingdom is a highly-developed country with an advanced economy. An excellent rail system makes getting around England, Wales, and Scotland easy. From the excitement of its larger cities (London, Birmingham, and Glasgow) to the charm of its hamlets steeped in history and tradition, the U.K. has something to offer everyone.
The tradition of live theatre in London dates from 1576 when the round, wooden Theatre was built south of the Thames. Few cities in the world enjoy London's reputation for theatrical tradition, quality and variety. At present there are approximately 50 central theatres in London offering musicals and classic plays as well as more than 60 recognized fringe venues specializing in experimental productions.
This program partners with ACCENT International, a US-based non-profit study abroad provider with offices in London. Classes take place at the ACCENT center, which is located on Great Russell Street near the British Museum.
In London, lodging for program participants will be provided in shared apartments in central London in easy walking distance to theatres and museums. Each apartment has a living room, bathroom, 2-3 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Program participants will have the option of preparing their own meals using the cooking facilities in the apartments, eating at the University of London cafeteria, or eating at the wonderful variety of restaurants for which London is famous.
Participants who arrive in London on the specified date and by the specified time will be met at the airport by a representative of our implementing partner and escorted to the program lodgings. Details will be provided following acceptance to the program.
London is famous for “the Tube” (its subway system), which efficiently moves people through the city center and into the suburbs. The famous, red double-decker buses complete the matrix with their surface routes. And there is always the iconic black London taxi for those out late after regular public transportation closes.A pass good for zones 1 & 2 of the Tube is included in the program fee.
This program is open to students in good academic standing with a demonstrated interest in theatre or drama, and to interested non-students. Applicants are also expected to demonstrate a willingness to participate in and contribute to group discussions and activities. Students must attend an orientation meeting in April; this meeting will provide not only a schedule of performances, but also a reading list.
The program fee for London Performance Study 2013 was $4,565. The program fee included academic and administrative costs, transportation from the airport to student apartments, a Tube pass for zones 1 & 2, health insurance, housing, ten theatre performances in London, tours & cultural activities, and a two-day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon (including transportation, housing, and tickets to two Royal Shakespeare Company productions).
The program fee does not include airfare, most meals, personal expenses, or books.