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London Performance Study

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Sessions Offered:



London, England




Good academic standing

Application Due:

Late February

Program Cost:

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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 provides 3 s.h. of credit. The program is offered by the University of Iowa Departments of English and Theatre Arts and Study Abroad.

Academic Program

London Performance Study is taught by University of Iowa Associate Professor Loyce Arthur from the UI Theatre Arts Department.

This program is an intensive introduction to intercultural theatre in London with an examination of the notion of "Bristishness" and multi-culturalism. For this reason, we will go to a Bollywood film or performance and discuss Anglo-Indian relations as well as Irish plays. While in England, students meet mornings for discussions of history, cultural politics, performance theory, and aesthetics. In the afternoons and evenings, the group attends plays and performances relevant to the course. Approximately ten performances are chosen and range from the classic repertory to contemporary plays and musicals, including one or two plays at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and one - two plays at Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Several sessions are reserved for special guests from the theater community. Visits to carnival designer Clary Salandy's studio, where students help to make costumes, to a parade in the surrounding area, and to other non-traditional performance venues are also a critical part of the course.

This course satisfies English and Theatre Arts major requirements.

Cultural Activities

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 home.

Other London activities may include a backstage tour at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, or other theatres, workshops led by British theatre artists, and a variety of cultural and social activities.

Program Dates

The Summer 2015 session will take place from May 29 - June 21, 2015. Students will depart the US on May 29, and the program will end on June 21.

For More Information

For more program information contact:
Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

United Kingdom

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.

ACCENT International

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.

Living Arrangements


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.

Travel Arrangements

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.

Local Transportation

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, but the program is also open to students outside of these departments. 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 final program fee for the Summer 2015 session will be available in mid-February 2015, and will be similar to the program fee for the Summer 2013 session.

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.