January in Dublin, London, Stratford and Oxford

  • Unique, eccentric, attractive and intriguing – are just a few words to describe the cities of London, Stratford and Oxford. Combine this with a plethora of interesting history, art and culture and you have the perfect study-tour for the Shakespearean drama student!
Unique, eccentric, attractive and intriguing – are just a few words to describe the cities of Dublin,London, Stratford and Oxford. Combine this with a plethora of interesting history, art and culture and you have the perfect study tour for Shakespearean and drama students!

On the January in Dublin, London, Stratford and Oxford program, you will visit 4 significant and historic cities in 17 nights, including a week in London – one of the most visited cities in the world!

Bringing Theatre to Life

Plays and playwrights are not bound by time or geographically drawn borders. They speak to each other and influence each other across time and space. This program will focus on major playwrights, both historical and contemporary, of three such great theatrical traditions – those of England, France and Ireland. From Shakespeare to Moliere to writers like Synge and O’Casey, students will look at what made those playwrights so influential in their own time, as well as how they continue to influence contemporary writers.

Studying Shakespeare

Special attention will be paid to Shakespeare as a writer for the stage and a man of the theatre, with visits to theatres to hear and see plays, backstage tours, and critical discussions of directorial, design and acting choices.

Art and Culture

From London’s eye-catching buildings to Stratford’s green landscape, to Oxford’s cobbled streets, you will explore a diverse range of art and culture while taking in the compelling British history. You will be amazed by London’s unique sense of style – there is so much to see in just 10 days, including the magnificent Big Ben, the famous Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus and Westminster Abbey – just to name a few. The home of the great wordsmith is also sure to impress – the eccentric city of Stratford and its green landscape will add warmth to your study-tour. The cobblestone streets of Oxford will lead to museums, libraries, historic pubs, trendy bars and restaurants and exclusive shops, surrounded by beautiful architecture. Well-known for its university, Oxford is dominated by a large student population.

Meet the Professor

Dr. David Hay, a professor at the University of San Diego for 26 years, has a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to the table. His career in professional theatre spans 32 years and includes directing more than 70 productions across England. Dr Hay’s impressive career also extends to the publication of two books, including a drama textbook.

Want more?

This January academic travelling program finishes mid-January, allowing you time to set off for another adventure and explore some of the same locations in more detail or explore new horizons. The opportunity to travel and explore England or Europe is endless, with affordable and accessible transport systems (trains, buses and budget flights).