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Theatre in London

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Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London. Photo by SAU student, Jaimie Joosten.

This program is closed for the 2014 May Term.

Course: THTR 385, Theatre in London and the UK (3 credits) or ENGL 360, Advanced Topics (3 credits). Students meet once per week during the Spring 2014 semester and then travel to London for two weeks.
Prerequisites: English 101
Instructors: Dr. Corinne Johnson, Professor of Theatre and Dr. Owen Rogal, Professor of English
Dates: May 11 - 25, 2014 (subject to change)
Locations:  London and Stratford-upon-Avon
Price:  $4,758 (tentative)

Program description

We take our cue for this course from two great Londoners, Samuel Johnson and Virginia Woolf, Johnson's biographer James Boswell recording that Johnson said about London, "No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." And Woolf, not quite as assertive as Johnson, said, "To walk alone in London is the greatest rest." Theatre in London is thrilling, stunning...hyperbole is perfectly appropriate. But in this city it isn't just theatre that thrills and stuns.

We will study theatre in London today. Not necessarily what is being written today but what is being staged, from Shakespeare's A Romeo and Juliet at the new Globe and Anthony and Cleopatra in Stratford to the latest "fringe" production.

We're interested in two perspectives. The audience's, of course. We'll see plays and will ask, what makes good drama? What are the elements of drama? How does drama make meaning? But we'll also look behind the scenes. What is involved in getting a play on stage? For Shakespeare in 1595 or Harold Pinter in the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The stage is at the center of this course, and not just the stage as it is performed on and as viewers sit before or around it. But also the history of the stage, social, economic, and cultural issues that sometimes determined and at least shaped what viewers saw on the stage. 

Once in London, we'll attend to the larger world of London, the London that Woolf took in on those walks she refers to, as well as to the world of the theatre - to historical sites, art museums, museums, libraries and churches, each place intensely interesting for a number of reasons, but most importantly interesting for us because each will take us a little deeper into the heart of theatre. Also, you'll be living in one of the world's most spectacular cities for two weeks and we'll expect you to sample this city's incredible resources. We're asking you to visit a number of sites and to record impressions, observations, experiences in your journal.

What is included
  • Study abroad fee, in lieu of tuition
  • Flight to/from the UK
  • Lodging 
  • Entrance fees 
  • International medical insurance with trip delay coverage
What is not included
  • Passport and baggage fees
  • Transportation in the UK
  • Meals
  • Souvenirs and spending money

How to apply

Complete the online application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education by November 15.

  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • The application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, this deposit is non-refundable after November 15.
Payment deadlines
  • December 15: $700 commitment fee due
  • March 1: remaining balance due
Payment details
  • Submit $700 commitment fee to the Center for International Education.
  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • The commitment fee is deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • The commitment fee is non-refundable after December 15.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by March 1.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after March 1.