Have you dreamed of walking the streets of London, seeing the best new shows, dining in the best restaurants, staying at a five-star hotel -- and all in the company of dedicated theatre lovers just like yourself?
Playbill can make that dream come true. We're hosting the next of our legendary Preview Tours to London's West End Theatreland, April 18-25, 1999, the perfect way to usher in springtime for singles, couples, seniors, Gen X-ers -- everyone! Space is first come, first served, so book as soon as you can.
We begin with an overnight April 18 flight on American Airlines from New York, arriving Monday morning April 19, followed by six nights at the luxurious Radisson Mountbatten Hotel in the legendary Seven Dials, within walking distance of glorious Covent Garden and London's Theatreland.
Why take the trip?
* Great seats to four smash hit shows, including: Plenty - David Hare's drama, starring Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett.
Saturday Night Fever - this musical based on the Travolta film wowed our last London tour. See it before Broadway gets it in the fall!
Macbeth - Shakespeare's blood-soaked thriller stars Rufus Sewell and Sally Dexter
Prisoner of Second Avenue - classic caustic comedy from Neil Simon, starring that "Goodbye Girl" twosome, Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason.
* Four terrific pre-theatre dinners at award-winning restaurants, including Simpsons in the Strand (with its traditional English menu and ambience, steeped in literary history) and Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, a haunt of such writers as Samuel Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith and Charles Dickens.
* A backstage visit and eye-opening look behind the scenes at the Royal National's three stages, and the long awaited reconstruction of Shakespeare's Old Globe Theatre -- see how it feels to be a Shakespearean groundling for a morning! All escorted by our leading theatre and travel experts.
We'll discuss each show as a group, and, if you wish, quotes from your reviews will be posted worldwide on Playbill On-Line.
Add a deluxe half day sightseeing tour of London's most beloved historic attractions, full English breakfast every morning, holiday shopping at Harrod's, quality free time, all transportation, a return flight on the following Sunday (April 25), and you've got a week full of memories to last a lifetime.
Tickets (including airfare): $2200 per person based on double occupancy, payable to Playbill Inc. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is needed to secure the reservation. (Note that this April tour is the most moderately priced of all our upcoming London trips during the year.
For more details on this and upcoming trips, please call Director of Playbill Travel, Janice Marie Johnson, at the Playbill office, (1-888) PLAYBILL, 10 AM to 4 PM (ET) weekdays. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include your name, mailing address and telephone number. She will take care of all your flight and hotel arrangements and any special requests you may have, including getting you from your hometown to London and back. Show titles for upcoming trips will be chosen and announced about a month prior to departure, to make sure you're seeing the hottest new shows.
"Space is first come, first served," says Johnson, "so time is of the essence."
And what do folks who've already gone to London with Playbill think of our service?
* "In a word, it was great. Just as advertised... It was truly a memorable trip, and all the Playbill people who had a part in it deserve great credit." (Gil Gabriel)
* "To anyone that is considering a Playbill London trip I say do it. Now. What are you waiting for?" (Ed & Janelle Price)
* "The London (theatre) tour was great! Thanks so much for everything." (Alice Pappalardo)
* "The week in London that you arranged was so very pleasant and enjoyable... I cannot praise [the hosts] enough and look forward to future trips." (Henny Richman)
So if the winter's got you down,
and you want to visit Londontown;
Join us, and see all the shows
When off to London Playbill goes!
Want to read dispatches from Playbill's previous theatre tours to the West End? Check the following stories in Theatre News:
We See a Dreamy Outdoor Midsummer Night's Dream (July 1998)
Over the Rooftops of London (Nov. 1996).
We Arrive and Review "Martin Guerre" (Nov. 1996).
We Consider Ourselves Well in with "Oliver!" (July 1996).
We Praise, Bury "Caesar" at the RSC (July 1996).