Best London Shows & Visits for English, Drama & Performing Arts School Trips

For an English school trip that concentrates on works of literature and how they can be adapted for the stage, See our London Literature tours.

We offer trips that focus on Shakespeare, Charles Dickens & Harry Potter™. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre offers curriculum relevant workshops for all Key Stages from KS2 to 5. They are about 90 minutes long and include a tour of the theatre itself followed by the workshop. You can combine this with a visit to the Globe Exhibition. The workshop can be based upon a Shakespeare play of your students choice. For West End Shows & theatre see our Theatre, Drama & Performing Arts school trips.

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 Phantom of the Opera

As the story goes hiding beneath Paris Opera House is the Phantom. Ashamed of his physical appearance and feared by everyone and the love he holds for Christine Daaé.

 

Matilda the Musical

Witness the magic of Roald Dahl’s story live on stage. Matilda tells the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

 

Les Misérables

Set in 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the story of shattered dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption.

 

The Lion King

A powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

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School of Rock

The story follows Dewey Finn, a failed, rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of money by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school.

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Waitress

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage.

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Aladdin

Featuring songs from the film, Disney’s Aladdin will sweep you into a world filled with beauty, comedy and breath-taking spectacle.

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Wicked

Wicked tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two young women who meet as sorcery students & their extraordinary adventures in Oz

Top visits in London

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Charles Dickens Museum

The museum gives students the opportunity to discover the Dickens family home & offers curriculum relevant workshops & tours for students from KS1 through to A Level.

 

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

The Globe inspires groups to experience iconic productions of Shakespeare. Workshops are available for Key Stage 2 to 5 and include a tour of the theatre.

 

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West End Workshops

We can create a workshop based on musical theatre, acting, physical theatre, and other techniques tailored to a West End production.

 

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Warner Bros Studio 

Warner Bros. Studio tour offer cross-curricular education programmes. Students will discover the extraordinary artistry and technology that went into creating the Harry Potter films.

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National Theatre

See a live performance, take a backstage tour and visit the National Theatre archive, a chance for students to see a past show.

 

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Literary Walking Tours

Take your students on a guided Shakespeare city walk or  Dickens walking tour and visit places where Dickens lived and worked. 

 

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Storytelling

The Storytelling workshops include exercises designed to inspire creativity allowing students to invent imaginative stories.

 

 

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Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre classes cover all the bases with a focus on acting through song and dance.

 

 

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    We are dedicated to bringing you the latest news and updates regarding travel. 

    Please find below a joint statement from the STF and ABTA as of March 13th 2020. Our current understanding of the situation regarding school trips is as follows:

    • The government has advised schools that they should not undertake international school trips at this stage. This is due to concerns that the schools would face significant challenges in making arrangements to ensure children’s welfare should adult supervisors or children be required to self-isolate. Schools will decide how to act upon this advice. If schools do cancel their trips, normal cancellation terms will apply.
    • Schools should contact either their own general insurers or the Department for Education as they may have some financial cover in place for this scenario. This is one of the areas we are seeking clarity on urgently, so we will update again as soon as we have more info.
    • The Government is not advising schools to stop trips within the UK so schools can proceed as planned if they wish. The Government is advising schools to refresh their risk assessments.Customers wanting to cancel must do so at their own cost, normal cancellation charges apply.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector

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  • Brexit FAQ's

    Last edited 30.01.2020

     

    We now know that the UK will leave the EU at 23h00 (GMT) on 31 January 2020. Following Brexit we will enter a transition period which will run, at least, until the end of December 2020. During the transition period everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now.

    We will continue to monitor the information provided by travel industry experts, organisations like ABTA and the UK Government and pick out what we believe is relevant for you.

     

    Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020

     

    Will flights still operate?

    Yes. During the transition period, everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. 

     

    Will my coach journey still operate?

    Coaches will still be able to travel to, from and around EU countries as usual. 

     

    Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?

    Trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate as usual. 

     

    Will we have to show our passports at each border?

    We do advise you keep passports handy when travelling throughout Europe, as you may be required to prove your right to travel at border crossings or security checkpoints.

    You can always check on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out more about visa restrictions for your destination.

     

    Will I need a new passport?

    Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip. 

    If you are looking to travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, you will need your passport to both:

    • have at least 6 months left
    • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

    If you do not renew it, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    If you would like to know more take a look at the latest Government advice.

     

    Will I still be able to use a collective passport?

    Whilst the position as to the validity of collective passports for travel to the EU has not changed, if you are able to arrange for each traveller to have an individual passport which has the requisite validity, this may help to forestall any issues which might arise.

     

    Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

    No. UK travellers will not need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. 

     

    European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

    The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.

    ABTA has always advised when travelling to the EU and beyond, that it is important you take out travel insurance. Our tour price includes comprehensive travel insurance as standard. So, unless you advise us that your school or college has its own travel insurance and you wish to decline our insurance, you will automatically have insurance cover with us.

    For more information on our insurance go to:

    Galina Insurance Policy

    Further advice on travel insurance can be found at https://www.abta.com/travelinsurance

     

    Will my tour price change?

    If you have an existing booking with Next Generation Travel group brand:

    We have placed forward contracts for foreign currency so fluctuations in the exchange rate are highly unlikely to affect the price of your tour.

    Please note however that, if there is a change in legislation that will affect your overall tour price and which is out of our control, eg visa costs, surcharges, this cost would be passed on to you.

    As is always our policy at Next Generation Travel we will do our best to do the right thing to work with you to ensure your trip would continue.

     

    If you have not yet booked your tour:

    Due to our forward buying policy for foreign currency, we will work with you to ensure there is no or a low impact on pricing. The travel industry is reporting that the sensible advice is to book now to secure your booking on current currency rates.

     

    What is the law on price changes?

    If there are increases in transportation costs, taxes or fees chargeable for services post Brexit, the law says that package holiday providers, like Next Generation Travel, are permitted to increase their prices. However, we are pleased to confirm that there would be no change within 20 days of your departure and we would cover the first 2% of any price increase. In the unlikely circumstances that prices were to increase by more than 2% you may be asked to pay an additional fee however where the price increase is 10% or higher, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges.

     

    Will overall prices go up in the future?

    Tour prices in the future will always be open to normal market and economic fluctuations such as currency and service prices. Our foreign currency forward buying policy means we always look to protect customers from the impact of currency fluctuationsHowever, overall tour prices may in the future be affected by changes in legislation such as visa costs, surcharges etc. or increased cost in services such as flights or ferry crossings.

    At Next Generation Travel our experienced staff will always provide you with a tour price which is based either on the actual current rates for your service or estimated rates which are based on our extensive knowledge of the travel and industry. We will always communicate any price changes as they are given to us and have an open and honest pricing policy, which will ensure you should have no surprises later on.

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    Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 January 2020. 

     

     
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    Written on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 14:44
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