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THE ORCHARD PROJECT 2019 LONDON THEATRE TOUR

The Orchard Project is excited to announce that we will be planning a first in what we hope will be an annual tradition: a once-in-a-lifetime theatre trip to London. As a leading institution committed to developing the next generation of theatre, our London friends and colleagues — from those at the Royal Court, The National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, the Old Vic to artists like Mike Bartlett (King Charles III), Lindsay Turner (Top Girls), Laura Wade (Home, I’m Darling) and Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) — will join this insider’s trip to make it truly unique.

It’s a bit early to announce what we’ll see, but we’ll book the very best of London theatre rounded out with extraordinary special guests. Each day, we gather with to talk about the plays after breakfast, finding time to connect to the work on stage and to each other. Very often we have very special guests join us for the discussions— visitors will often include Orchard Project alumni and friends making much of the great new work on the London stages. We’ll talk some more at our fabulous group dinner in a great London restaurant. Our trip will feature heavy hitters and up-and-comers – with some of the best playwrights of the last 60 years, some of the most sought-after directors, and actors worthy of attention in every show. Beyond the stellar performances, these plays will make for wonderful conversation as they each connect to the other in some intriguing way. They should challenge as much as they entertain.

We like to think this tour provides an insider view to great theatre in great company, in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The dollar looks particularly strong at the moment—yet another good reason to consider making your reservations right away. London is always wonderful, and this promises to be a very special year.

BOOKING DATES AND MORE INFORMATION

For information about the trip and how you can partake, please email Charlotte Hopkins, Development Associate, at charlotte@orchardproject.com or call 646 760 6767 x 109. 

Access to this trip will be granted based on giving level, so priority will be to those who are established donors to the Orchard Project (and their friends and family).

THE TOUR INCLUDES

  • Seven nights at the the five star Langham London
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner with leaders of some of London’s most exciting theatres
  • Lunch at Ottolenghi Spitalfields
  • Six productions in London
  • Gallery and museum visits
  • Guided walking tours

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional travel and trip cancellation insurances
  • Gratuities for local guides

PRICE

  • $5,500 per person (shared occupancy)/ $2,000 deposit to reserve spot**
  • $1,600 single supplement

All bookings include a tax deductible donation to the Orchard Project and/or our non-profit partners that will total $1000 per trip.

*Please note that airfare and transportation to and from the airport are not included in the prices above. All guests are responsible for arranging their own travel accommodations to and from London. This trip is non-refundable, and all activities and performances are subject to change. While some internal travel is covered by the trip, other travel costs will be the responsibility of each guest.

**Please note that the Orchard Project reserves the right to cancel the tour in cases of low subscription, in which case it will refund the entirety of any deposits. However, otherwise, the deposit is non-refundable.

ABOUT THE HOTEL

A beautiful 5 star hotel located at the top of Regent Street, The Langham, London has been enchanting guests since 1865, when it opened as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’. From the outset, The Langham boasted an unrivalled location at the top of elegant Regent Street, London’s premier shopping destination. This is still true today as the hotel enjoys an enviable address in the heart of the West End. The prestigious Langham offers an award-winning glamorous bar, Artesian, and a stylish restaurant, Roux at the Landau. Free WiFi is available and Oxford Circus tube station is just a 5-minute walk away. Numerous shops, theaters and restaurants are located in the local area.

The Langham London offers rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy the property's Chuan Body + Soul Spa and Health Club, which features a 50 feet swimming pool, sauna, steam rooms, fully equipped gym and treatment rooms.

 

SHOWS UNDER CONSIDERATION

It’s a bit early to announce what we’ll see, but we’ll book the very best of London theatre rounded out with extraordinary special guests. As the Orchard Project has a number of London colleagues and alums, we will undoubtably be including their work in the folk, but the goal will be to share the best London has on offer. Each day, we gather with to talk about the plays after breakfast, finding time to connect to the work on stage and to each other. Very often we have very special guests join us for the discussions— visitors will often include Orchard Project alumni and friends making much of the great new work on the London stages. 

  • All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End
  • Berberian Sound Studio At The Donmar Warehouse (with OP alum Joel Harwood)
  • The Animals And Children Took To The Streets (1927 at Lyric Hammersmith)
  • Home, I’m Darling on the West End (written by OP alum Laura Wade)
  • Pinter at the Pinter (West End)
  • Something at the National (Pamela)
  • Something at the Royal Court
  • Anne Washburn’s Shipwreck at the Almeida
  • Alys, Always at the Bridge Theatre
  • American Clock at Old Vic
  • Taming of the Shrew at RSC
 
  • Sunday March 10, 2019
    • 7:30 am We will have a recommended flight from NYC that will be due to arrive at this time. Ari Edelson will be on this flight and will meet all tour members at the gate. Members arriving at other times/from other airports must arrange their own transport to the hotel.
    • 6:50 pm Arrive at Heathrow Terminal 5 and transfer by private coach to the Langham. Rooms available for check-in upon arrival.
    • 10 pm Welcome: We gather at the Langham’s bar with our tour director for drinks and a late bite to eat, as he distributes tickets and welcome packets and provides a briefing on all aspects of the tour.
  • Monday, March 11, 2019
    • Complimentary full English breakfast or continental breakfast at Roux at the Landau
    • Late morning private tour of the Royal Academy of Art
    • Late afternoon tour and visit of the Donmar Theatre with theatre staff
    • Welcome Dinner near the Donmar Theatre, joined by some of the leaders of some of London’s theatres
    • Evening: Performance One at the Donmar and reception with the cast and artists
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    • Complimentary full English breakfast or continental breakfast at Roux at the Landau
    • Late morning tour of The National Theatre
    • Afternoon: a perfect time to take in an exhibition at a favorite museum.
    • Evening: Performance Two
  • Wednesday March 13, 2019
    • Complimentary full English breakfast or continental breakfast at Roux at the Landau
    • Morning: Private tour, with refreshments, of the Pierre Bonnard exhibit at the Tate Modern
    • Afternoon: Free to explore London on your own
    • Evening: Performance Three
  • Thursday March 14, 2019
    • Complimentary full English breakfast or continental breakfast at Roux at the Landau
    • Morning: Discussion Session with Ari Edelson and guest TBA. A chance to talk with members of the group about the first three productions we have seen. Compare opinions and sharpen your critical skills in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere. Joined by a guest speaker, an actor, director, playwright or designer from some of the first three productions.
    • Afternoon: Performance Four
    • Evening: Free. Perhaps enjoy a special dinner at one of London’s fine restaurants and/or a West End hit of your own choosing.
  • Friday March 15, 2019
    • Complimentary full English breakfast or continental breakfast at Roux at the Landau
    • Morning: A series of curated tours to unseen London, whether they be the food markets of Borough and the East End or the street art of Spitalfields and Liverpool Street.
    • All convene for lunch at Yotam Ottolenghi’s delicious outpost in Spitalfields
    • Afternoon: free
    • Evening: Performance Five
  • Saturday March 16, 2019
    • Complimentary full English breakfast or continental breakfast at Roux at the Landau
    • Morning: Discussion Session with Ari Edelson. A chance to discuss the plays we’ve seen, partnered with guests producers, agents and critics.
    • Afternoon: a good time for a quick day trip out of London.
    • Evening: Performance Six: Perhaps at the flagship of British Theatre, the Royal National Theatre, based in a magnificent 3-stage complex on London’s lively South Bank, the home of international hits like War Horse and One Man/Two Guvnors.
    • Followed by a brief post-performance discussion with a member of the cast.
  • Sunday March 17, 2019
    • 8:00 am Departure for US (coaching guaranteed only to coincide with the group flight). Luggage outside rooms at 7am for porter pick-up, then an 8am coach departure for the airport, with check-in assistance