Our tour begins in Athens, Greece during the festival City Dionysia. Learn about the Greek theatre and the myths that influenced its playwrights. Learn about the City Dionysia and its role in the promotion of the theatre. Then later meet with Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes, some of Greece's most well-known writers!
On Day Two, we meet with Aristotle and learn about his Six Elements of Theatre. Then he will guide us through the Ancient Greek Theatre and the technical aspects of staging a Greek play. Later that night we will have an opportunity to meet Sophocles, a famous tragic playwright. We will end our day with a performance of Oedipus the King at the Theatre of Dionysus.
Everyman at Dam Square
Our next stop will be the Middle Ages! Learn about the importance of liturgical drama and morality plays. We will also discuss how these plays were staged and watch a performance of Everyman in Amsterdam's Dam Square!
Day Four takes us to England during the English Renaissance where we will meet with famous writers and learn about the different styles of drama that originated during the time. Learn about Elizabethan drama from its most famous playwrights, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare and experience Jacobean comedy under the watchful eye of Ben Jonson.
Continuing our journey through English Theatre, we begin this day by learning about the Globe Theatre and the Rose Theatre. Then gain a unique perspective of acting during the English Renaissance from members of some English Acting Companies! We end by watching the Jacobean drama by John Webster, the Duchess of Malfi at the Globe Theatre.
The last stop on our tour will be French Neoclassical Theatre! Learn about the neoclassical form and how it influenced French writers. Then we will take a small tangent to learn about Commedia dell'arte and how it influenced the neoclassical comedies of Moliere. Participate in the creation of your own character and perform a small improv!
Our final day will begin with a history of neoclassical drama and an interview with two famous neoclassical dramatists, Pierre Corneille and Jean Racine. Then we learn about neoclassical comedy from Moliere and later that night at the Palace of Versailles we finish our time tour with a performance of Tartuffe.