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ENGLISH 491/591: DRAMA IN STRATFORD, LONDON, & EDINBURGH

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English 491/591 (Drama in Stratford, London, and Edinburgh) is a three-week off-campus drama course that is offered during Summer Session (second term).  The course can be taken either for three hours of credit at either the 400 (undergraduate) level or the 500 (graduate) level.  This year’s course will take place July 22nd to August 12th.

The first six days of the class is spent in Stratford-upon-Avon.  During this week, we will see five plays produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the leading repertory company in Britain, at their newly opened main theater and redesigned Swan Theater. In addition, we will attend lectures given by Shakespeare scholars about the plays; meet with actors and other members of the RSC; visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Mary Arden’s house, and other historical sites.  We will also tour the Cotswolds, and visit Warwick and Kenilworth Castles.  While in Stratford, we will stay at local bed-and-breakfast houses.

The next nine days of the course are spent in London, theater capital of Great Britain and home of this year’s Summer Olympics. We will see five plays, including drama at the Royal National Theater, the Globe, and London’s West End and fringe theaters.  A four-day weekend in the middle of the stay will allow students to travel on their own to Paris, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, the Lake Country or other locations easily accessible from London.  Accommodations during these nine days are provided at apartments in the University of London area.

During the last five days, students will travel by train to Edinburgh, venue for the International Fringe Festival. The city becomes one vast carnival space for performing arts of every variety, indoors and out.  In a single week, the Fringe stages some 1200 brand new productions of dance, music, and theater, featuring everything from life-size South African puppet shows and home- grown Scottish sword dances to Shakespearean adaptations. We will stay near the Royal Mile, right at the heart of the Festival.

To receive credit for English 491 or 591, students will be asked to keep a journal responding to  each one of the plays that we see.  English 491 counts as an upper-division English literature course; in the past, students have been successful petitioning to have the class satisfy the Arts and Sciences Foreign Study Upper-Division Distribution requirement.  There are no pre-requisites for English 491. The class is open to majors and non-majors alike.

The course fee for Drama in Stratford and London is $2850.00.  This includes all theater tickets, accommodations, breakfasts, eight dinners in London, transportation between London and Stratford, and administrative costs.  The course fee does not include trans-Atlantic airfare, remaining meals, or course registration fees.

Enrollment is limited, and applications are due by February 1st. A deposit of $750 (check made out to University of Tennessee) is required to secure a place in the class for you. Formal applications must be submitted to the Center for International Students. Interested students should contact Dr. Robert Stillman (974-6971; 974-5401; rstillma@utk.edu).

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Resources

•          Drama in Stratford and London Facebook page
•          Kenilworth Castle
•          London Theatre Guide
•          Royal Shakespeare Company
•          Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

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