For connoisseurs of culture, here's a London theater-and-art tour

For connoisseurs of culture, here's a London theater-and-art tour
Shaftesbury Avenue is home of some of the major theaters in London's West End. (David Bank / Getty Images/ AWL Images RM)

Explore London's springtime cultural scene with arts writer Barbara Isenberg, who is hosting her 30th annual theater-and-art tour. The eight-day tour includes behind-the-scenes visits to theaters and museums, celebrity interviews and meetings with actors, critics and others.

Tour participants will enjoy six top theatrical productions, guided visits to museums and a day in the country. Likely theater includes Duncan Macmillan's new hit play, "People, Places & Things," Harold Pinter's classic "The Caretaker" starring Timothy Spall ["Mr. Turner"] and the West End transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory's sold-out revival of "Funny Girl."

Other highlights include a tour of period costume maker Sands Films in East London, a West Berkshire excursion to Watermill Theatre, a garden tour and dinner at a 17th century estate, full English tea and an insider's look at Britain today with a prominent political writer.

Dates: May 1-8

Price: $6,240 per person, double occupancy. Includes four-star luxury hotel in St. James, full English breakfast daily, many meals, group transfers and all excursions. International airfare not included.

Info: Susan Holden, Protravel International, (310) 691-7484 or (800) 301-3993, Ext. 7484;


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