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Our Summer Program in London, England, U.K.


Contemporary British Drama



Our program in London has reached capacity and is CLOSED to new applicants!


Location Londond, England, UK
Dates July 14th, 2013 - August 11th, 2013
Credits Offered

3 Credits

ENGL 388.62, THEA 397.47, ENGL 780.51 or THC 710.56

CUNY Tuition is NOT included in the Program Fee.

Application Deadline

March 18th, 2013 - for students applying for the STOCS grant.

March 22nd, 2013 - for all other students.

Financial Aid Pell, TAP, Gilman, STOCS, Student Loans
Program Fee

$ 2,100.00 (estimate)

Program Fee includes: housing, theater tickets, excursions, and international health insurance.

AIRFARE is NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program, this may mean flying the day before.

Payment Schedule

$ 350.00 Application Fee due with all application documents.

$ 1,750.00 Program Fee Balance due by April 26th, 2013

This 4-week course will explore the diversity of theatrical offerings in London as it aims to give students a wide-ranging, diverse, and historically rich understanding of British theatre as it is practiced today in both traditional and experimental venues. We will attend 12 plays, ranging from performances of Shakespeare and Restoration Comedy to classics of the modern British stage and contemporary works by leading dramatists. We will be especially attentive to the complex ways in which certain British theatrical institutions – the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Haymarket, and the Donmar Warehouse – present quite different styles of production based on varying aesthetic aspirations.

In addition to attending performances, the class will meet several times each week to discuss each theatrical production. We will draw on published texts of performed works as well as relevant critical and theoretical writings. Among the topics we will tackle are: Can one recreate the experience of the original production of a given theatrical work – and should one aim to do so? What contemporary concerns are brought to bear on performances of Shakespeare? Why did Realism and Naturalism dominate the British stage throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and the early 1960s? How were such traditions challenged in the Absurdist theatre of Becket and the antic farces of Joe Orton? What was the meaning of the drama of the Angry Young Men movement and in what ways did the new feminist playwrights react against such works? What concerns characterize British playwrights today? How do the various elements of a given theatrical production - text, music, props, scenery, the choices made by individual actors, directorial aim – shape a given production?

A key feature of the class will be a regular engagement with the daily critical reception of current theatrical productions as published in London newspapers in which heated controversy and lively debate are expected. (Reviews will be posted on our class’s web bulletin board.) The class will participate in guided tours of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, recreated on London’s South Bank, and of the National Theatre, which houses several performance spaces. When possible we will meet with actors, directors, producers, and critics in order to explore the often hidden mechanics of the theatrical production.

The summer 2012 theatrical season promises to be an exciting one, with possible productions of works by Shakespeare, Congreve, Beckett, Shaw, Wilde, Bennett, Osborne, Orton, Pinter, Hare, and Churchill among others.

In order to maximize students’ cultural experience in London, all written work for the course (which includes THREE short theatre reviews and ONE final 12-page paper) will be due a month after the London part of our class is concluded. Students will be housed in the new Nido Student Living (, located in central London minutes from King’s Cross Station and the British Library. Classes will also be held at the Nido Student Living, a location that includes wireless Internet access, a gym, and a café-restaurant. Students will gather for two group meals—a welcoming meal, and a final class dinner at local London restaurants


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