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Summer - Contemporary Theatre and Drama in London
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer Term 1
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Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader
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BC Summer Program BC Department: Theater
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: English major/minor elective, Theater major/minor elective Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: ENGL 2249, THTR 3372
Program Description:
Program Description:
The Program
For five hundred years, the performance of plays in London has been the cultural heartbeat of london eyeEngland. This course will examine the changing role of theatre in society by taking a close look at the current theatre scene in London and the legacy which has led to it. Through attending plays, site visits, lectures, discussion, and writing exercises, we will study representative plays from Shakespeare up to the present day. Our primary 'text' will be the city of London itself. An intellectual curiosity about the stage-audience relationship and a willingness to experience various styles of performance are the only prerequisites.  

Program Dates

Arrival in London: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Departure from London: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Faculty Leader

Dr. Scott T. Cummings


Contemporary Theatre and Drama in London takes a case study/field research approach to studying the relationship between Theatre and Society by focusing on the current theatre scene in London. We will study and attend a variety of English and British plays and consider how they reflect changing social values and theatrical styles. Particular emphasis will be placed on recognizing trends in contemporary British playwriting and on developing critical thinking and writing skills.

In addition to regular theatre-going, the course involves reading, multiple writing assignments, and a final exam. Flexibility in planning course activities is essential. For the three-week period of the course, four 'off' days will be determined. On all other days, students will be expected to be available for unexpected opportunities and changes in plans.   

Draft Syllabus: 
Contemp Thtr and Drama in London_Cummings.pdf


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora:
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($3,100)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to the program location and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in student apartments with access to kitchens. While a few group meals will be included in the program cost, students will need to budget for the majority of their meals. 

Cultural Activities

The course is based on freq
uent theatre-going excursions to such important London theatres as the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, the Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Wglobe theaterarehouse, the Old Vic, the Almeida, as well as West End playhouses and fringe venues. Other possible excursions include backstage tour of National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe exhibition, afternoon tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace, a ride on the London Eye, a day trip to Bath, Cambridge, or Oxford, and visits to the National Gallery, the Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of the City of London, Westminster Abbey, and other sites.   

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from London.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process visit the OIP website.


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues


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