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West End Theatre School Trip to London

West End Theatre School Trip to London

Absolutely brilliant, as it was last year. The pupils had a wonderful London experience that wouldn’t have happened without the help and planning given by Kerrie. The whole weekend worked like clockwork and I can’t thank Kerrie enough for the planning and care she puts in to make it so. It was an absolute joy to be in London with 40 pupils for the weekend. The Snaith School


In London we don’t just offer you a chance to see a show. With WST you can really get behind the scenes of the West End and improve key skills in many areas needed for a life working in the Performing Arts.

Tour Day 1

Morning Depart school to arrive in London around midday. Check into your accommodation.
Afternoon An expertly-led, theatre workshop tailored to your performance requirements
Evening Pre-theatre dinner at Planet Hollywood followed by and evening West End performance.

Tour Day 2

Morning Take a backstage tour of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane then free time in Covent Garden.
Afternoon Depart London for your return journey to school.

2 day experience from only 

Based on min 40, Bed and Breakfast at Wembley International Hotel, Oct 2018 (excluding Half Term) 

£165

With the abundance of hotels and hostels in London, we have a superb range of accommodation to choose from, both centrally and on the outskirts, with facilities and prices to suit all needs and budgets.

Premier Inn Wembley & Hangar Lane

Both of these hotels have a high standard of accommodation at a good price. They are located just outside the busy city centre but have public transport routes to all the major sites and attractions.

Premier Inn Harrow

This hotel is ideal for those looking to stay in a quieter part of London. It is located in North London but you can access the city centre by coach in approximately an hour. This hotel is recommended for groups with a smaller budget and is in a great location for those that are including the Harry Potter Studio tour as part of their trip.

YHA Thameside

This youth hostel is located in the Docklands and is ideal for younger student groups that are travelling by coach.

Royal National Hotel

This is the most central hotel that WST offer. It is located in the heart of the city and is within walking distance of the West End. It is a large hotel that offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in an excellent location.

Wembley International Hotel

This is a large hotel, located just outside the city centre, yet close to public transport. Rooms for students are all 3 - 4 bedded and the hotel has good meeting room facilities. 

Columbia Hotel

This hotel is in an excellent location at Lancaster Gate. It's an old favourite for school groups although is only available for 2 night stays and longer. 

THE WEST END

 Top West End Shows:

  • Lion King
  • Wicked
  • Les Misérables
  • Matilda The Musical
  • School of Rock
  • Aladdin

Whatever show you are interested in seeing, we can advise you on the best time to go and arrange your group seating and our great value group rates.

West End Theatre Workshops

No theatre-based trip to London is complete with our at least one of our fantastic 90 minute workshops. Run by experienced professionals, in venues such as Pineapple Studios and 'Dance Works', our wide range covers a variety of skills, and in many cases can be focussed on a show you are seeing as part of your trip. Most workshops end with a Q&A with a West End cast member. We can happily create a workshop just for you, just ask us!

Popular options include:

  • West End 101: Student are taught in a fun and relaxed environment, skills and techniques used by professional actors inspired by the themes of the show they are seeing.
  • Stage Combat: Students will learn about the relationship between acting and fight choreography.  Discover how fights are choreographed and hone your collaboration skills whilst creating your own combat,
  • Step by Step: Great fun and highly interactive session that immerses your group in your chosen show's music, provides them with new skills and some serious moves they can perform again and again.
  • Note by Note: A unique experience ran by a West End Musical Director as the group learn to act through your choice of song, before performing it to a cast member from the show itself!
  • Physical Theatre: Introduce your group to a variety of techniques needed to devise inventive physical theatre.
  • Theatre Improv: Perfect for fun and high energy groups! After physical and vocal warm ups, students stay active through team building and improvisational games designed to heighten focus, creativity and sensitivity to others.
  • Audition Essentials: Work with a casting director to really enhance your interview techniques. (2 hours)
  • The Director's Chair: An interactive workshop focussing on textual analysis and stage craft, examining techniques for working with actors and staging scenes (3 hours)
  • Song and Dance: Work with a pianist and cast member from a show you are seeing, and reherse a song & choreography to match.
  • Other workshops include, 'Puppetry' 'Shakespeare 2000' 'Make a Scene' and 'Behind the Mask'.  Please ask us for details

Theatre and Studio Tours

Backstage theatre tours are not just about life as an actor, these can be a fascinating technical tour showing all the secrets of set and costume design. You might just see a famous face arriving for rehearsals! Choose from:

  • The National Theatre
  • Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Royal Opera House
  • The Queens Theatre – Les Misérables. Wednesdays only
  • Shakespeare's Globe

West End Walking Tour

Come and explore the world’s largest and most vibrant theatre district! London’s West End dates back as far as 1576 and has many tales to tell:

  • Find out which are the longest running plays and musicals.
  • Delve into London’s most haunted theatres.
  • Discover which of the world’s most famous actors have appeared in the West End.
  • Join our tour guide and uncover London’s magical theatre land.

West End Dance Workshops

Dance Masterclass 

Whether its ballet or ballroom, flamenco or freestyle, tango or tap - we have the dance class for you! Tell us what dance style your group would like to explore and we’ll do the rest. Based in London’s west end we’ll provide you with a studio and a dance instructor specialising in the style of your choice. Learn about the stylistic features of the dance, the development of techniques and its representation in the west end. Guaranteed to get your energy pumping. Workshops can be Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced.

West End Choreography - Exclusive to WST

How do the top choreographers generate new movement material? In this immersive workshop participants tackle the art of composition and learn various techniques that build choreographic process. Working with West End professionals participants will gain first hand experience of

  • Choreographic Forms 
  • The Composition Process
  • Elements of Construction 
  • Manipulation of the Elements of Dance
  • Generating and Organising Movement

 Guaranteed to develop your group’s confidence and creativity in composition.

 

London offers a great choice of museums and attractions, many of which are an ideal complement to their learning and can be free for students.

Highlights of London

A half day guided tour of the city on board your coach is a perfect way to see all the major sites. Highly recommended if this is a first time visit to London for many of your students.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Always in the evening and at its best when London is cold and misty, this eerie tour takes students back in time to 1888 to follow in the footsteps of the London Metropolitan Police as they try to catch a killer. 

Guided tour of the London 2012 Olympic Sites

Following the outstanding success of the world’s greatest sporting event, there is now huge interest in seeing the area where our athletes won their medals.  This 2 – 2½ hour walk begins at Pudding Mill Lane and takes in the exteriors of the Aquatic Centre, the Stadium, Handball Arena (The Copper Box), the Velodrome and also the new I-City (formerly the International Press Centre). For an additional fee we can pre-book visits inside the Copper Box, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit within your walking tour. 

ART GALLERIES OF LONDON

London has a great range of art galleries, which have free entrance and all offer downloadable resources and education programmes. The most popular galleries are:

National Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Tate Britain

Tate Modern

Victoria & Albert  

BRITISH MUSEUM

With more than 7 million objects within its collections, the British Museum illustrates and documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

HMS BELFAST

Visit HMS Belfast to discover what life was like for those who lived and worked on board this last remaining warship of its kind. Nine decks of amazing seafaring history provide countless opportunities to explore and discover for students where you can hear sailors’ stories in the Life at Sea exhibition. 

HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

Free guided tours are available throughout the year by requesting a place through your MP or a member of the House of Lords.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

The Imperial War Museum covers conflicts involving Britain from the First World War through to the present day. The Centenary of the First World War is highly topical and with it’s new First World War galleries the IWM is a must for any group visiting London.

LONDON DUNGEON

The London Dungeon combines real history, horror and humour to bring gruesome goings-on back to life in the 21st century. A thrilling and exciting trip that students will love, with actors recreating events such as the Great fire of London, Sweeney Todd, the Plague and Jack the Ripper. 

LONDON EYE

Breath-taking sights make the London Eye a highlight of the city which you should not miss!

MADAME TUSSAUDS

A thrilling and exciting  visit containing inspiring wax works of some of the world’s most influential and famous people. Galleries include  Sport, World Leaders, The Royal Family and Music along with the Spirit of London ride.

MUSEUM OF LONDON

Step inside Museum of London for a memorable journey through London’s unsettled history. Telling London's story students can enjoy the prehistoric, Roman and medieval London galleries through to the present day.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits including the ultimate dinosaur exhibition, a human biology section or visit 'Investigate' -an exciting new hands-on science centre perfect for engaging students.

RIPLEY’S, BELIEVE IT OR NOT

Based in the heart of the West End, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is the most wonderfully weird visitor attraction in London. Home to countless curiosities collected by the legendary adventurer Robert Ripley, you’ll step into a fascinating world where the bizarre and the unbelievable come to life and

where amazement is waiting around every corner. From unusual art to underwater wonders, an upside down room and even a dungeon, at Ripley’s London there are mindboggling experiences for even the wildest imagination.

SCIENCE MUSEUM

The Science Museum allows you to introduce children to science with fun, hands-on interactives and encounter the past, present and future of technology in seven floors of galleries.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

With its iconic dome that dominates the London skyline, St Pauls Cathedral is a must see for all groups visiting London. Over the years, decoration has been added and removed so that today the history of the nation can be seen in mosaics and stone carvings throughout the building. 

THAMES RIVER CRUISE

This cruise along the Thames is a great way to see some of the major sites of the city. We recommend groups take the 40 minute cruise from Westminster to Tower which takes in Westminster, Big Ben, Somerset House, London Eye, Oxo Tower, The Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the Tower.

TOWER OF LONDON

See where numerous individuals lost their heads and visit the Prisoners exhibition which looks at some of the Towers more notorious convicts including Anne Boleyn, Edward V, Guy Fawkes and Sir Thomas More.

RESTAURANTS

Make your evening meal a night out with a restaurant visit. We can book tables at an exciting range of restaurants offering pre-theatre dinner packages to suit all budgets. Choose from: 

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Rainforest Café
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Pizza Express
  • Pizza Hut
  • Maxwell’s
  • Piazza 

We can also arrange for packed lunches to be delivered to your hotel or an appropriate meeting point in the city.