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British Theatre


Program Dates: August 2020
Application Deadline: March 15, 2020


THT291: An Introduction to the British Stage (4-credit) provides students with an opportunity to see the world's best plays and musicals and learn how these productions are made, from page to stage. To prepare for the trip, students will read short essays by some of the most significant playwrights, directors, actors, and designers. Those readings will guide our viewing of at least twelve memorable performances in London and Edinburgh—a number of which will be world premieres, and a Shakespeare production at Shakespeare's Globe on the River Thames.

This course is open to students from ALL majors. Basically, if you have an interest in love, treachery, conflict, and commitment, this course is for you. From issues of artistic expression to the nuance of human experience, we leave no Fringe behind, no Globe trotted. 


  • Week 1: London, England
  • Week 2: Edinburgh, Scotland


THT291: An Introduction to the British Stage enables students to engage with theatre from just about every angle. From backstage tours to artist interviews, from reading the plays and theatre criticism to attending plays and developing your own critical skills in writing and discussion.

Also, THT291 fulfills Fine Arts Core Requirement

Additionally, students may also design a 2-credit guided study to be undertaken in conjunction with the basic course (at an additional tuition charge of $700). Contact  for information.


The GEO will notify students when they are able to register.


The total cost is estimated at $4300* and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Round trip airfare from Boston
  • Ground transportation including a week-long unlimited pass on the London Underground
  • Train from London to Edinburgh
  • Meal stipend sufficient to buy groceries or modest dining out for three meals a day
  • Accommodations in flats with Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchens
  • Admission to at least 15 plays
  • Two backstage tours and admission to museums and historic sites
  • Course materials

*Final cost and arrangements subject to currency fluctuations and airfares.


Students from all majors are welcome to apply. 

  • Complete online application (link available to Gordon students only)
  • Contact Prof. Norm Jones about your interest in the seminar
  • Submit application by the priority deadline, December 15. Applications accepted through March 2020
  • Submit a non-refundable $30 application fee to the Global Education Office

Upon acceptance to the program, a $450 non-refundable program deposit is required within 10 days.


For further information please contact:

The Global & Experiential Learning Office 
P 978.867.4399

Norm Jones 
Professor, Department of Theatre Arts