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Drama in Stratford and London and Edinburgh (English 491/591) Course Seeks Applicants

The English Department is now seeking applications for this summer’s off-campus study program in Stratford and London and Edinburgh. English 491/591 (Drama in Stratford and London and Edinburgh) is a three-week off-campus drama course that is offered during Summer Session (second term). The course carries three hours of credit at the 400 (undergraduate) level or the 500 (graduate) level. This year’s course will take place July 22nd to August 12th. The class studies contemporary performance arts, elite and popular, and includes dramatic entertainments from William Shakespeare at the New Globe Theatre to Harry Potter at London’s Warner Brothers Studios to a selection among some 3,500 music, dance, and dramatic entertainments at Edinburgh’s world renowned Fringe Festival—a carnival for the performance arts in the city’s streets and theaters.

After arriving in London, we board coaches that will take us to Stratford on Avon, the small town that was home to Shakespeare and that is now the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The RSC has the finest repertory company in Britain. We’ll see four plays by the RSC, get a behind-the-scenes look at the theaters and meet with actors and stage-crews; we’ll take guided tours of Oxford, Mary Arden’s house, Kenilworth Castle and more. We stay in local Bed-and-Breakfast hotels within walking distance of the theaters. This is Roman year at the RSC, and will feature Shakespeare’s Titus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra with Oscar Wilde’s splendid Salome.

We return to London for the second week to see five plays at venues like the Royal National Theatre, the West End, the Donmar Warehouse and small fringe theaters. Offerings will include a range of genres, and kinds of entertainment: we’ll see the best of new plays, a big musical, a comedy, and a play at the New Globe Theatre. We will also spend a day at Warner Brothers Studio to see The Making of Harry Potter. There will be ample time for sightseeing and personal excursions, including a long weekend with enough time to travel to Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, or other European destinations.

The third week takes us to the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, where students will have the chance to sample the single greatest variety of performing arts productions in the English speaking world, with plenty of time to see the sights of the city including its magnificent castles and art museums. The Fringe Festival has become the premiere location for the best performing arts companies to preview their newest, most exciting work, and the best carnival for the performing arts in Europe, a street-theater event that you don’t just see, but experience.

English 491/591 is open to students from all majors and offers 3 hours of credit; the course has no prerequisites.

The fee for the trip is $2850.00, NOT including UT tuition, airfare, and some meals. A deposit of $750.00 is required to hold a space in the class for you, and should accompany a formal application made out to the Center for International Education. For more information, students need to contact Rob Stillman, Professor of English, 412 McClung Tower, rstillma@utk.edu. Phone: (865) 974-6971.

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