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Thursday 19 March 2020 – The National and Globe Theatres

Booking Months: January and February 2020
                     Cost: to be decided

An Architectural and Back- Stage Tour of the National Theatre,London
and some interesting demonstrations at the Globe Theatre

Designed by the architect Denys Lasdun, The National Theatre has divided public opinion since it was opened in 1976. In 2001 a Radio Times poll featured Denys Lasdun’s building in the five most hated and most loved British buildings. We shall see for ourselves how Lasdun’s masterpiece is revealed anew. You learn about the history of the building and its carefully considered design .
We shall also get a behind-the scenes peak at the day to day running of the theatre.
The National Theatre creates over 20 new productions every year and on our tour we shall see preparations for a show including set building and the prop making in their workshop .

We shall then walk down to the Globe Theatre to see
a) A demonstration of Elizabethan dressing. Do you know the origin of the phrases “ straight laced “, or “ loose woman” or “ pin money” .Someone from our group will be dressed as a Shakespearean character and there will be a discussion of the significance of clothing in Elizabethan Society

b) A demonstration of Shakespeare’s use of Stage Fighting. We shall watch an exciting demonstration of Elizabethan stage combat techniques. This includes an explanation of how stage fighting was used Shakespeare and his contemporaries in Early Modern plays


Tuesday 28 April 2020 – Longford Castle and Salisbury

Booking Months: February and March
                     Cost: £31

We will have a Private tour of Longford Castle along with its important art collection, for which it has a special relationship with the National Gallery and weather permitting, a stroll around the garden,
Longford is one of Britain’s grandest houses and has been the home of the Earls of Radnor for over 300 years. It is famous for its art collection which includes paintings by van Dyck, Brueghel the Elder, Claude, Teniers, Hals, Reynolds and Gainsborough as well as oriental porcelain, Brussels tapestries and exceptional C18th English and continental furniture.
After lunch in Salisbury there is an optional self-guided walk around The Close, a map and details will be provided on the day. You might like to visit the Cathedral, The Salisbury Museum, Mompesson House or Arundells, home of the former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.


Thursday 04 June 2020 – Frampton Court, Manor and Gardens

Booking Months: April and May
                     Cost: to be decided

Close to the eastern bank of the River Severn in Gloucestershire, Frampton Court has been the home of the Clifford family since 1730. The architectural splendour of Frampton Court is complimented by an outstanding collection of contemporary 18th century furniture and furnishings. The exquisite Frampton Flora watercolours are on display throughout the house. Jane Clifford, better known as ‘Fair Rosamund’ and mistress of Henry II was born at Frampton Manor in the 12th century. The Manor is surrounded by a diverse and extensively planted garden consisting of mature herbaceous borders, topiary, wild flower garden and a magnificent kitchen garden and orchard.
Lunch is included and will be in the Wool Barn.


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