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with Barbara Isenberg

Tour

29th Annual London Theater Tour

Barbara Isenberg's Annual British Backstage Tour

Dates: May 4, 2014 - May 11, 2014
This unusual tour combines the best of current London theater and the opportunity to meet with leading British theater artists and critics. The tour is led by writer Barbara Isenberg, who is founder of British Theater Backstage, a long-time contributor to the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine, and author of Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical, Conversations with Frank Gehry, and the forthcoming Tradition!: The Story of Fiddler on the Roof.

Our previous theatrical selections have included such new work as “Matilda,” “One Man, 2Guvnors,” “War Horse,” “Red,” and “Frost/Nixon,” all before they went on to Broadway or Los Angeles. Among the many theater artists Barbara Isenberg has interviewed on our tour are Frank Langella, Colin Redgrave, Simon Callow and Patti Lupone as well as theater critics Benedict Nightingale and Michael Billington. Each year’s trip also includes a Britain Now discussion with a political commentator. 

Although many 2014 productions have not yet been announced, we’ve already learned that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Christopher Hampton have teamed for “Stephen Ward,” a musical about the society doctor key to the government-toppling Profumo sex and espionage scandal of 1963. Also on the West End should be the National Theatre’s Olivier-winning “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” as well as a much-anticipated musical version of Roddy Doyle’s 1991 comedy-drama “The Commitments” about a working class Dublin band.

We have timed our tour to be in London for Tate Modern’s major exhibition, “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” which will bring together 120 artworks, many seen for the first time. Besides additional theater and museum selections, we plan to spend a day out of London visiting the home and gardens of Uppark country house and the Chichester Festival Theatre, a launching pad for much London and Broadway fare; following a matinee performance in Chichester, we will continue through the countryside to the highly-rated White Horse restaurant in nearby Chilgrove.

Our base will again be the four-star Cavendish Hotel on Jermyn Street, in the elegant St. James area, with easy access to theaters and restaurants. As always, our final itinerary and plays will be based on availability, repertory schedules and reviews, and specifics will be confirmed closer to our departure.

Again, space is limited. For additional information, contact 

Susan L. Holden
CTC Protravel International Inc.
9171 Wilshire Blvd. #428 Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Ph: 310-691-7484
susan@protravelinc.com
Website: www.protravelinc.com

Conversations with Frank Gehry

Conversations with Frank Gehry

Published on April 23, 2009
by Alfred A. Knopf.

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State of the Arts

State of the Arts

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Making it Big

Making it Big

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