Theater in London

Led by Pat Quade ’65, Professor Emeritus of Theater, and Kathy Quade, Retired Disability Services Coordinator
September 8–17, 2017
$3,250 per person, based on double occupancy (see below for full inclusions)

Over the years, many people have accompanied Pat and Kathy Quade on Theater in London. Here is what some of them had to say:

  • “I absolutely LOVED London! We saw a variety of plays and fantastic acting. It was interesting to see many theaters, all different and appropriate to each performance.”
  • “Lectures, preparation and discussions made each play come alive.”
  • “Pat is a talented instructor and facilitator. The discussions were deeply thought provoking.”
  • “Pat and Kathy are enthusiastic leaders and gracious hosts.”
  • “Hopping the Tube to travel all over London was great.”

Now it is your turn to participate in this exceptional experience! Attend performances at The Royal Shakespeare in both London and possibly Stratford-upon-Avon, The Royal National’s three theaters and the Royal Court theaters as well as other distinctive venues, tour the backstage of the Globe Theatre, and meet with one of London’s premier theater critics. We anticipate attending eight or nine performances. Final selections will depend on productions offered and timing of the performances.

In addition to experiencing some of London’s favorite cultural treasures, we’ll consider an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon to attend a matinee and/or evening performance. The Royal Shakespeare Company finished a complete renovation of the main theater space in Stratford and the venue is one of the best in England (and that’s saying something).

It has been six years since we’ve offered this program and it routinely sells out, so we encourage you to register early!

Discover London

London is the theater capital of the world. The number and variety of productions and the standards of acting and directing are unrivaled. The London stage accommodates both the traditional and avant-garde, the commercial and the experimental. Few activities in London are as entertaining and rewarding as the theater.

London is one of the most fascinating places on earth … and a mass of contradictions. It’s a decidedly royal city, studded with palaces, court gardens, coats of arms and other regal paraphernalia. Yet it is also the home of the world’s second-oldest parliamentary democracy. (Iceland was the first.) What’s amazing is that this city — ancient and modern, sprawling and compact, stolidly English and increasingly multicultural — works as well as it does. (from

Program Leaders

Pat and Kathy Quade are veteran travelers and program leaders. Pat led his first Study Travel program, “London for Theater Lovers,” in 1995 and has led “Theater in London” January Interim courses for students 10 times. Kathy has joined him in leading students on Term in the Middle East and Global Semester. They have led Study Travel programs for adults in more than 10 countries, and always have plans for future programs.

Pat graduated from St. Olaf in 1965 and taught in the theater department from 1968 to 1996. In addition to teaching and directing plays, he served from 1996 to 2004 as director of International and Off-Campus Studies, which annually sends over 800 students abroad on more than 35 Interim courses and 60 semester- or year-long programs. Kathy graduated from UW-Madison and was disabilities services coordinator at St. Olaf prior to her retirement in 2004. Kathy and Pat recently spent a year working at United International College in Zhuhai, China, where Kathy taught English and Pat served as the Chief of International Development.

What to Expect

Except for possible excursion days, our schedule starts with breakfast and a discussion at the hotel. Most afternoons will be free so that you can explore London on your own, relax before the evening’s performance or join Pat and Kathy to visit some of London’s cultural sites. We will attend nightly performances (except Sunday) plus a matinee on one or two days. This schedule can be vigorous, depending on how you use your free time.

Accommodations are in standard rooms at the Strand Palace Hotel, a 4-star hotel ideally located in Central London, with easy access to our theaters and activities. Complimentary high speed internet is included throughout the hotel. The Royal National Theatre – one of our main venues – is directly across Waterloo Bridge. The closest Tube stop is Temple, about two blocks away, with Covent Garden about 4 blocks away.

London is best experienced on foot. Be prepared for lots of walking! We will take the subway or bus to and from matinee and evening performances, restaurants and other sites around town. This can include walking several blocks to the Tube stop, walking down and up one or more flights of stairs in the subway station, and walking several blocks to the final destination. Some of the theaters are old and require walking up narrow stairs to our seats. Comfortable shoes trump the latest fashion! We will provide precise timing and addresses in the final itinerary so that you may take taxis (at your own expense) if you prefer.

To fully participate in this program, you should be able to walk up to five miles per day over possibly uneven terrain (e.g. cobblestones or aged sidewalks), climb stairs that may not have handrails, keep pace with an active group of travelers, deal with the emotional highs and lows that can occur when experiencing a different culture, and be a considerate member of the group (prompt, courteous and flexible).

Temperatures in September average highs in the upper 60s Fahrenheit and lows in the mid-50s. Rainfall that month averages less than an inch.

Program Fee

The program fee is $3,250 per person. Based on double occupancy, it includes seminars by Pat Quade, assistance by Kathy Quade, accommodations, theater tickets, breakfast daily and group meals as listed on the itinerary, admissions for group activities, complimentary high speed internet throughout the hotel, ground transportation during the program (excluding airport transfers), gratuities to group guides, drivers, and meal servers, and limited medical coverage while overseas. For single occupancy, add $864.

Airfare to and from London is not included. Participants are solely responsible for all expenses not specifically included in the program fee. Examples of excluded expenses are: International Airfare • Airport transfers • Any passport and visa fees • Any recommended immunizations or vaccinations • Baggage and trip cancellation insurance • Beverages, including at group meals • Laundry • Dry cleaning • Phone charges • Room service or other items of a personal nature • Expenses incurred during free time or non-group activities • Lunch and dinner, unless specifically included on program itinerary.