Watching a famous text being brought to life on stage can be beneficial for many students. As well as providing pupils with a deeper understanding of the inner conflicts of the main protagonists, seeing a story performed as a whole can help expand their knowledge of the play. To ensure none of the incredible performances on offer pass you by, here are our top picks of the hottest London theatre trips for schools in 2016.
If your students are struggling to get to grips with a Victorian text, seeing the novel acted out can provide greater insight into the time period and help them to empathise with the characters.
From 5th – 10th January, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is being performed at the Lyttelton Theatre. Almost 170 years since the novel was first published, the story builds on the themes of religion and social class which were key parts of Victorian life. This dramatic and inspiring production is sure to capture the attention of students and develop their understanding of the era.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray returns to the stage from 18th January – 13th February and promises to be an exhilarating performance. A wickedly witty Gothic horror, when first published in 1890 the tale was decried immoral - which makes for an exceptionally entertaining watch!
What better way to study Shakespeare’s masterpieces than by seeing them acted out as they were intended? Since many of the Bard’s work was written to be performed, watching the stories played out on stage can be key to understanding his work.
The Tempest is being shown at the intimate Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 17th – 22nd April, providing a great opportunity for students to see this romance come to life. Delving into the world of the supernatural, this late Shakespeare play explores the themes of power, justice and the difficulty of distinguishing men from monsters.
An incredible opportunity to view a Shakespeare masterpiece at the iconic Globe Theatre, Hamlet is being performed on the 23rd and 24th April. Many of Shakespeare’s plays, including Hamlet, were first performed at the Globe, offering students a once in a lifetime experience to see this tragedy acted out in its original setting.
On top of that, the Globe Theatre will be announcing in early January which other Shakespeare productions it will be staging in 2016. The season runs from April to October, so keep an eye out for which other must-see plays will be performed.
Modern dramas are frequently more popular among students, so taking pupils to see the texts played out at the theatre can easily spark an interest for literature, drama and performing arts.
Lord of the Flies
William Golding’s allegorical novel, Lord of the Flies is being brought to life at the Richmond Theatre from 19th – 23rd January, a text that often resonates strongly with students. A thrilling depiction of the desert island adventure that falls into a sinister world of immorality, this play is set to grip audiences from start to finish.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
An Olivier winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is running at the Gielgud Theatre until the 13th February. This unmissable West End production portrays the incredible journey of a 15 year old genius with Asperger's Syndrome who sets out to solve the mysterious death of his neighbour’s dog.
Also appearing at the Richmond Theatre, the hard-hitting play Blood Brothers is set to be performed from 25th – 30th January. A thought provoking tale written by Willy Russell, this multi-award winning musical depicts the moving story of two brothers who were separated at birth.
Many London theatres offer discounts to school groups on weekdays during term time, providing students with an unbeatable opportunity to see performances at a discounted rate.
If you’d like to enhance your students’ learning of drama or English literature texts, or simply reward them with a sensational school trip to the West End, check out our brochures for school trips to London or get in touch with one of our team members to find out how we can create a bespoke trip for your students.