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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Theater, Honors, English
Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
London Theatre

London Theatre Tour

This Winter Break, make the world your stage by studying abroad for two weeks in London! Led by Ken Elston, Director of the School of Theater at George Mason University, this study abroad program has been one of Mason Study Abroad's most popular for over nine years running! Participants will see a number of shows, ranging from fringe productions to West End productions. Previous plays have included:
  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
  • Golem
  • Treasure Island
  • Knight of the Burning Pestle
  • Love’s Labours Won
  • Behind the Beautiful Forever’s
  • Scottsboro Boys
  • Henry IV Part 1
  • Assassin’s
A distinguishing component of this program are the workshops and backstage tours that students will attend. These are interactive workshops and tours that are conducted by groups such as the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Program Details

Credits offered:

  • English (ENGH) 202: Texts and Contexts (satisfies Mason Core requirement for Literature)
  • English (ENGH) 309: Topics in Literature
  • Theater (THR) 101: Theatrical Medium (satisfies Mason Core requirement for Arts)
  • Theater (THR) 359: World Stages (satisfies Mason Core requirement for Global Understanding)
  • Theater (THR) 497: Independent Study
  • Theatre (THR) 599: Independent Study


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Members of the general public who are 18 years or older are also welcome to apply.
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Double or triple occupancy in hotels

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3870

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Double occupancy in hotels
  • Travel Card
  • Hop On/Off Bus Tickets
  • All required theatre performances
  • Daily breakfast 
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Tea-time lectures
  • Most entrance fees and tours
  • Workshops
  • Day Trip (Stratford-upon-Avon or Bath)
  • Guest Lectures
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary (Winter 2017)*

Day 1         Students arrive in London; Welcome dinner
Day 2 Class; Evening Theatre Performance (Curious Incident)
Day 3 National Theatre Tour; Evening Theatre Performance (Wonderland)
Day 4 Class; Evening Theatre Performance (Little Eyolf)
Day 5 Day trip to Stratford Upon Avon; Workshop at the Royal Shakespeare Company; Evening Theatre Performance (Wendy and Peter Pan)
Day 6 Class; Evening Theatre Performance (Mirror Mirror: A Snow White Panto)
Day 7-8            Free Days
Day 9 Class; Evening Theatre Performance (War Horse)
Day 10           Royal Opera House Backstage Tour
Day 11 Workshop at the University of Surrey
Day 12 Class; Workshop and tour at the Globe Theatre; Evening Theatre Performance (Matilda)
Day 13 Tour of the Battersea Performing Arts Center; Evening Theatre Performance (Give Me Your Love)
Day 14 Farewell dinner
Day 15 Students depart for the U.S.

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed. Performances, workshops and tours are still be confirmed for 2018.

Contact Information

Program Officer

Laura Scobey

Academic Director

Ken Elston

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.