The Festival of London with the RSM: Theatrical London

20 - 23 Aug 2021
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

After a year of absence, the show must go on! Join us in welcoming the theatre back to London with sneak peaks behind the scenes. Peer into the V&A’s fabulous collection of costumes from the mid-18th century until today, including the War Horse puppet and Kylie Minogue’s dressing room. Take a theatre walk with an experienced working actor, visit the Noel Coward exhibition at Guild Hall and see one of London’s earliest performance venues – the Roman amphitheatre in the basement - and visit Pollock’s Toy Museum, the last of the Victorian toy theatre publishers, which still makes and sells theatres. Enjoy dinner and a show with Hairspray the Musical at English National Opera and pay your respects to the Bard as you go behind the scenes at the Globe on an exclusive tour before a matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge

Until recently Janice Liverseidge was Director of Membership at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge tourist guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively, including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba, South Africa and China.

Janice has the Visit Britain "Good to Go" Industry standard demonstrating that she has shown her compliance with government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and ensures social distancing including using a phone app when providing tour commentaries.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: London (Fri, 20 Aug) Start the tour at the theatre, performance and costume rooms at the Victoria and Albert Museum. View its detailed collection dating from the mid-18th century to today. From complete outfits to individual headdresses, they are a tribute to the creativity and skills of designers and costume makers working in every kind of performance: drama, opera, dance, musicals, pantomime, rock and pop, music hall, film, cabaret and circus. The collection includes original 1st folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, a horse puppet from War Horse and an exact recreation of Kylie Minogue's tour dressing room, plus a special exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Royal Academy of Dance. Cocktail and welcome dinner at the Royal Society of Medicine.
  • Day 2: London (Sat, 21 Aug) Participate in a West End Theatre walk with Tim Barron, a professional actor and musician working in and around London for many years. Visit Pollock’s Toy Museum, the last of the Victorian toy theatre publishers, which still makes and sells theatres. Visit the Noel Coward exhibition at Guildhall and see the Roman amphitheatre. In the evening enjoy a pre-theatre dinner at Browns. Enjoy a pre theatre dinner before ending the night with Hairspray the Musical at English National Opera.
  • Day 3: London (Sun, 22 Aug) Although William Shakespeare may have been a native of Warwickshire, it was London that made Shakespeare’s name. London was the city in which he spent the greatest part of his life and it was London that provided the location, audiences and often the inspiration for his plays. Discover Shakespeare’s London on a walking tour with Janice Liverseidge. Go behind the scenes of the Globe on an exclusive tour. See a matinee performance at the Globe of Romeo and Juliet. Optional dinner in the evening.
  • Day 4: London (Mon, 23 Aug) Depart the hotel.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour for RSM members is £740 per person sharing. The cost for non RSM members is £790 per person sharing.

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