London: Day 8

In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “If you ever take a bunch of teenagers to England,” he told me, “just remember to allot at least one full day for shopping. Oh, and see The Immersive Ensemble’s Great Gatsby Experience if you can. It’s just tremendous.”

He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, The Londoneers took their second Friday in The City as an opportunity to shop the stores and the markets, and shop they did, touring up and down famed Oxford Street, pouring over the infinite pages contained in the apply named Daunt Bookstore, and finally ended their mercantile mecca at Camden Square.

Back at the hotel, all changed into their best 1920s attire for the evening’s immersive Gatsby event. Held in a “speakeasy,” The Great Gatsby Experience lived up to its billing as the entirety of Fitzgerald’s most famous narrative played out right before our eyes in all of its sordid and tragic glory.

And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly to our hotel bedrooms so we can rest up for our very last night in Foggy Londontown!

Camden Market

Chris Spying the Best Deals

Steppin’ Out!

Riding in Style

At Gatsby’s,Waiting for the Party to Start

London: Days 6 & 7

Days six and seven found our Londoneers

Yet once again immersed in Shakespeare’s words:

Prince Hamlet and Two Kinsman trained our ears

For King Lear’s epic, tragic, sonic verse.

The first two plays found us back at The Globe –

After a tour to better know the place –

There Hamlet led us down a doleful road

While Kinsman brought a smile to every face.

Then Thursday down to Stratford for to see

An actor and a knight – Sir Tony Sheer –

Along with others of the RSC

Perform a stirring version of King Lear.

And so ended this lesson from The Bard

Learned nowhere else than Shakespeare’s own backyard!

 

  

Touring the Globe

A Light Lunch at the Swan Before Hamlet

An Introductory Lecture to Two Noble Kinsman

Julia, Jack, Lauren, and Kellee Waiting for the Play to Start

Annabelle Meets a New Friend in Stratford

Paying Homage to The Bard at his Final Resting Place

Taking the Stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company!

London: Day 5

Our trip’s halfway mark brought the day that so many of the Pace Londoneers had been waiting for: Harry Potter Day! A brief train + bus ride north ferried the Rowling faithful into the realm of the famed Warner Brothers Studio Tour of Harry Potter where students could gaze upon the sets, costumes, props, graphic designs, and models that went into making the greatest fantasy film series of all time. Here they casted spells, drank Butter Beer, and may have even picked up a trinket or two at the gift shop to bring home in memory of their magical day. Back in London, the magic continued as the Londoneers were treated to a unique interpretation of Peter Pan under a beautiful Regent Park night sky. Back to the hotel and all could successfully deem this day: mischief managed!

We Arrive at Harry Potter World!

Round of Butter Beer Anyone?

Kellee, Jack, and Julia Stamp their Harry Potter “Passports”

Enjoying the Sunshine in Regents Park before Peter Pan

Getting Ready for the Play

 

London: Day 4

Having devoted much of the first three days to all things theatrical, the Pace Londoneers used Day Four to engage in all things historical. The first stop was the iconic Tower of London where they gazed upon the Crown Jewels in awe, watched an incredible short play about the short and tragic life of Anne Boleyn, and were treated to a hour-long tour of the grounds by an actress dressed as a 16th-century noblewoman. She told the group of daring escapes, architectural wonders, and took pains not to leave out all of the good “bloody bits.” From there it was on to The British Museum where the group managed to go “around-the-world-in-180-minutes,” admiring beautiful and ancient relics from the ancient Greeks all the way up to the 20th-century. Afterwards, a quick bite fueled us for what was yet another memorable show: Red. Starring the incomparable Alfred Molina as Marc Rothko, Red presents the story of Rothko’s short-lived commission with the Four Season’s Restaurant. Running only 90 minutes with no intermission and featuring only two actors, the play was a tour de force which posed trenchant questions such as who is art for and what is its purpose. All in all, the Londoneers finished the day with a greater understanding of the historical importance of this city and how its history fits with the history and culture of other cities, nations, and peoples.

Students Being Shown Around the Tower by an Actress in Period Dress

Witnessing Anne Boleyn’s Tragedy

Obligatory English Phone Booth Photo

Outside the British Museum

Going Up?

 

In Front of Tower Bridge

Outside the Donmar Warehouse

Mr. Player and Mrs. Washburn Approve of a Sign

London: Day 3 (A Sonnet)

Just as The Bard has writ his words in verse

So too this brief recap in kind shall be

So as to fit the meter to the words

As Will himself might will this post to be.

The Londoneers of Pace began Day Three

With a walking tour along the Thames

Professor Player invoked Calliope

And told of England as it once had been

This travel back in time last came upon

The Globe Theatre, known from Montauk to Madrid,

And there did watch a play (with ne’er a yawn)

Called As You Like It — and indeed they did.

So with a week to go of plays and more

The Londoneers look forward to Day Four!

 

Mr. Player Holds Forth

Catherine and Chris Admire the Tower[ing] Landscape

In anticipation for tomorrow’s play about Mark Rothko, we educate ourselves at the Met.

 

Liking Very Much As You Like It

Outside of The Globe