The English-Speaking Union

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: 2020

PROGRAM Description

From Page to Stage
July 12-18, 2020

Immerse yourself in the language and world of Shakespeare.  Through theatrical performances at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, lectures with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, and museum visits, you will explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the sites and shops that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how the Bard's legacy continues to shape our lives today. Enjoy Royal Shakespeare Company performances including The Comedy of Errors, Peer Gynt, The Winter's Tale, and Europeana, and one to-be-announced performance at Shakespeare's Globe.

Accommodations are included at the beautiful White Swan Inn, a historic property dating back to the 15th century. Located in the very center of everything and around the corner from Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust, the accessible White Swan is the perfect choice for a visit to  Stratford. 

This travel-learning experience is perfect for anyone interested in cultural exploration, lifelong learning, or just having a uniquely English experience.  It's also an excellent opportunity for English, social studies, and theater teachers of all experience levels (including pre-service and retired), and others who are eager to engage in learning with world-class scholars and educators in a historic setting.

Includes accommodations, admission to all sites, meals as listed, performance tickets, transportation to the Globe and airport transfers. An ESU representative will also be present. Enjoy every planned activity or explore Stratford at your leisure. We've planned a full itinerary but you decide what to enjoy!

2020  Schedule (subject to change)

July 12 July 13 July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18

1:00 pm

Coach pick-up from LHR

Breakfast  at hotel

Breakfast at hotel

Group post-performance discussion of The Comedy of Errors

Breakfast at hotel


"Shakespeare's Stages" group discussion

Breakfast at hotel

Americans and Stratford upon Avon: a talk with Roger Pringle 

Breakfast at hotel

Group post-performance discussion of A Winter's Tale

9:00 am


Coach transfer to LHR 

Group pre-performance talk on The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare's Sonnets
Paul Edmondson  [subject to availability]

Meet world-renowned editor and expert Sir Stanley Wells

Group pre-performance talk on Peer Gynt

Trust Treasures: marvels from the Birthplace archives

Explore Texts Through Time a display of historic and rare documents from the archives

Meet the Artists of the Royal Shakespeare Company: Q&A Session on A Winter's Tale

Behind the Scenes Tour at Royal Shakespeare Theater

Guided visit to Anne Hathaway's  Cottage followed by an included proper English afternoon tea in the garden.  Excursion to Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London via luxury coach
Visit to 
Shakespeare's Birthplace

Visit to 
Shakespeare's
New Place
Visit to Mary Arden's Farm

6:00 pm
Welcome Dinner at Hall's Croft in Old Town

7:30 pm
Performance of 
The Comedy of Errors at Royal Shakespeare Theater
7:30 pm
Performance of Peer Gynt at the Swan Theater at RSC
7:15 pm
Globe performance TBD

7:15 pm
Performance of The Winter's Tale at Royal Shakespeare Theater

7:15 pm

Performance of Europeana at the Swan Theater at RSC


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PROGRAM COST

Deadline to book is April 9, 2020. 

Program cost: Singles: $2,200 or $2000 for early birds and teachers. Pairs: $1,900 each, or $1700 each for early birds and teachers. Early bird bookings by February 1, 2020

Includes:

  • Welcome dinner at Hall's Croft
  • Tickets to four Royal Shakespeare Company productions, plus one production at Shakespeare's Globe
  • Admission and guided tours of Shakespeare historic houses
  • Afternoon tea at Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Coach transfers from London-Heathrow to Stratford-upon-Avon 

Deposit of $500 is required with registration and must be paid in full within two weeks of registration or the registrant forfeits their spot in program.  Invoice for balance of program cost is sent ten weeks prior to course.  Full balance is due within two weeks of receiving the invoice.

ESU TLab scholarships are not available for this program, but we encourage those interested to consult this fundraising guide.

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FEATURED FACULTY

  • Professor Sir Stanley Wells, CBE, FRSL, Honorary President and Former Chairman of the Trustees of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Reverend Dr. Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival
  • Dr. Nick Walton, Shakespeare Courses Development Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 
  • Lisa Peter, International Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Roger Pringle, Academic, Former Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Royal Shakespeare Company cast members

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONTACT HOURS

This course constitutes approximately 30 contact hours of professional development.  Participants who complete the course receive a certificate of attendance upon request.

TRAVEL AND HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS

Housing at the White Swan Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon is included in the program cost. 

Travel to and from the UK is not included. Transfers to and from London's Heathrow Airport is included in your program fee (if arriving within prescribed window; information will be issued upon registration). 

The ESU recommends you wait to purchase your plane ticket until the course is confirmed (or, make insured and/or refundable arrangements).

The ESU strongly suggests you purchase travel insurance to protect your investment (preferably with a clause allowing for program cancellation).

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REGISTRATION DETAILS

All reservations and payments must be complete by April 9, 2019

  • Registration is non-competitive and accepted on a rolling basis.
  • A deposit payment of $500 is required with registration via credit card
  • Invoice will be issued twelve weeks prior to course.
  • Balance will be due ten weeks prior to course.
  • Course is limited to 25 participants.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Refund Policy:  The deposit is non-refundable.  This course is non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled, in which case deposit will be refunded in full.  If you are not able to attend the course due to emergency circumstances, you will be refunded minus an administration fee only if there is a waitlist applicant who will be able to attend the program in your place.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) and/or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust reserves the right to change predetermined course schedules should it be necessary.  The ESU is not responsible for any entities that provide services during your course, including but not limited to the institution with which you are studying, housing, or accommodation facilities, airline, or other travel agencies.  In participating in this TLab-UK program you must agree to sign the ESU's Waiver and Release of Liability.

Completion of a registration form indicates commitment to attending the course and fulfilling any associated invoices.  Participants are billed 12 weeks prior to program in US dollars, based on current exchange rates and including transaction fees.  Full balance is due from participants within two weeks of receipt of invoice.  Program cost is non-refundable.

Travelers are responsible for medical insurance, most meals, travel, travel insurance, and incidentals.

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