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London Theatre and Concert Tour

March 14-29, 2008

Event Schedule as of February 21, 2008

Friday, March 14

Depart Seattle at 7:30pm via British Airways flight 48 (most of group) (British Airlines recommends that you arrive at the airport 3 hours in advance of departure, with up-to-date passport!)

Saturday, March 15

Arrive London at 12 noon; Coach transfer to President Hotel and check in. No event scheduled.

Sunday, March 16

Morning: 8:30-10:00am. Organizational Meeting and Lecture: John Webster and Roderick Swanston (Music critic and historian, Imperial College, London).

Afternoon. 3:00pm. Concert: Philharmonia Orchestra. Alexander Lazarev, conductor. Gioachino Rossini, Overture, The Italian Girl in Algiers; Felix Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto, Nicola Benedetti, violin; Sergey Rachmaninov, Symphony No.2. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.

Monday, March 17

Morning: 9:00-10:20am. Lecture, John Webster.

Evening. Play: Absurd Person Singular, by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by Alan Strachan. [Michael Billington of The Guardian: "The joy of Alan Strachan's production is that it combines furious fun with the awareness of Ayckbourn's larger purpose."] Garrick Theatre, West End.

Tuesday, March 18

Morning. 9:00-10:20am. Lecture, Roderick Swanston.

Evening. Play. The Sea, by Edward Bond. Directed by Jonathon Kent, and starring Eileen Atkins and David Haig. Theatre Royal, Haymarket, West End.

Wednesday, March 19

Morning: 9:00-10:20am. Lecture: John Webster.

Evening: 7:30pm. Concert: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek conducting. Beethoven, Leonore Overture No 3, Kaija Saariaho, Mirage (UK Premiere); Beethoven, Symphony No 7 in A major. Karita Mattila, soprano, Anssi Karttunen, cello. Barbican Concert Hall

Thursday, March 20


Friday, March 21

Morning: no lecture.

Afternoon. 2:30pm. The Holst Singers and the Academy Of Ancient Music, J. S. Bach, Mass in B minor. Stephen Layton conductor; Elin Manahan Thomas, Soprano; Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Andrew Kennedy, tenor; Roderick Williams, bass. St Johns Smith Square, Westminster.

Saturday, March 22

Morning. 9:00-10:20am. Lecture, John Webster.

Evening. 7:30pm. Play: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. With Zoe Wanamaker and Simon Russell Beale as Beatrice and Benedick. Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre, Southbank.

March 23: Sunday.

Morning. 11:30am. Concert: The Michaelangelo Quartet. Beethoven, String Quartet in C minor Op. 18 No. 4, Bartók, String Quartet No. 1 Op. 7. Wigmore Hall. (No Morning Lecture)

Monday, March 24


Tuesday, March 25

Morning. 9:00-10:20am. Lecture, John Webster.

Afternoon. 3:00pm. Tour of the New Globe Theatre, Southbank. An introduction to the most carefully recreated Elizabethan theatre in the world. Includes entry to the Globe's theatre museum.

Evening. Play: Random. A new play by Anglo-African playwright Debbie Tucker Green. Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, the Fringe.

Wednesday, March 26

Morning: 9:00-10:20am. Lecture, Roderick Swanston.

Afternoon: 3:00pm. Play. The Vortex, by Noel Coward. Directed by Peter Hall, and starring Felicity Kendall and Dan Stevens. The Apollo Theatre, West End.

Evening. 7:30pm. Concert: The Brodsky Quartet. Beethoven, String Quartet Op. 18 No. 1 in F major; Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8 in C minor; Mendelssohn, String Octet in E flat major. Cadogan Hall.

Thursday, March 27

Morning. 9:00-10:20am. Lecture, John Webster.

Evening. 7:30pm: Concert: London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding conductor. Shostakovich, Symphony No 14; and Schubert, Symphony No. 9. Martina Serafin soprano; Sergei Leiferkus bass.
Barbican Concert Hall.

Friday, March 28

Morning: 9:00-10:20am. Lecture, John Webster.

Evening. 7:30pm. Play: God of Carnage, a new play by Yasmina Reza, translation by Christopher Hampton. Cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Tamsin Greig, Janet McTeer, and Ken Stott. Gielgud Theatre, West End.

Saturday, March 29

Morning. 10:00am. Depart hotel by coach for Seattle via British Airways flight 49 (departing 2:05pm), for Arrival in Seattle at 4:50pm.

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