London is one of the great cultural centers of the world and the best way to see and fall in love with this amazing city is on foot. By day, we’ll explore the expected – national museums, lush urban parks, and historical sites throughout the city – and the less expected. We’ll venture off the high street, down the side streets and alleyways of several London neighborhoods, where we’ll discover hidden courtyards, architectural delights, unexpected gardens and other surprises, all accessible only on foot. At night, we’ll enjoy London’s vibrant and varied theatre offerings, arguably the finest in the English-speaking world. We’ll see five-seven productions at noted venues, ranging from the renowned National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe to the historical West End commercial theatres and adventurous experimental theatres in other corners of the city. Informal pre- or post-show chats will enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of each production. In addition, we’ll spend two days in Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
If you’re seeking a leisurely, moderately-paced wellness adventure in a vibrant, urban setting – one that will enrich you physically, intellectually, and socially – London, By Foot and By Footlight is for you.
Laurie Schmeling - UWSP Department of English, is a dramaturg and musical theatre historian with extensive knowledge of British and Irish drama and theatre. An experienced group leader and traveler who once lived and worked in central London, she has seen nearly 80 productions in the UK and Ireland over the past twenty years. Most recently, she was assistant leader for the 2013 Theatre in London Summer program, UWSP International Programs.
Christa Williford - Holds a PhD in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Criticism from Indiana University, specializing in theatre architecture. She has traveled and attended theatre productions periodically in the UK for the past fifteen years, and she lived, studied, and worked in Warwickshire between 1998 and 2004. She now works with cultural heritage organizations through programs of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
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