April 7 – 14, 2019
Loose In London, Third Rail’s annual tour for theatre lovers to the beating heart of English-speaking theatre, announces dates for Spring 2019 and this year it’s loaded! Loose In London is an extremely popular program and has historically filled up very quickly, often with many returning travelers. If you’ve thought about signing up in previous years, but never have, then this is the year to do so. The programming options announced for this Spring are exceptional with more great plays than can fit into a week-long tour. Because of the intimate and personal nature of the tour, space is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.
What makes the Third Rail: Loose In London Tour so popular? Over seven years Scott Yarbrough, Third Rail’s Founding Artistic Director and expert on contemporary British theatre, and Maureen Porter, Third Rail’s Managing Artistic Director, have crafted an experience that balances great food, amazing conversation, and, of course, dynamic theatre, while also providing plenty of time to explore London on your own. There are no coach tours to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey or tour guides with technicolor umbrellas on Loose In London. Instead there are evenings filled with the most innovative and provocative theatre in London and conversations that are contextualized and spirited. And days that are spent seeing what you want to see. Our hotel is located at Seven Dials right in the center of London’s West End. It’s conveniently located to quickly and easily get wherever you want to go.
The price of the tour is inclusive of six core plays. However, as in past years, additional productions will be offered as optional add-on performances if six productions isn’t enough to satisfy your theatre cravings. With the abundance of great options this spring, it’s possible that up to three add-on’s will be available. While the details of the programming will be finalized in February, here is a list of productions that are under consideration (based on availability):
• Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Coriolanus) in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
• Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof) in All About Eve adapted and directed by Ivo van
Hove (A View From The Bridge, Network).
• Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, 28 Days Later) in Grief Is The Thing With Feathers adapted by Enda
Walsh (Penelope, The New Electric Ballroom).
• Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Doc Martin) in Home, I’m Darling (Evening Standard Nominee for
Best Play) by Laura Wade.
• Reed Graduate Anne Kauffman‘s adaptation of The Twilight Zone.
• National Theatre revival of Caryl Churchill’s (Cloud 9, Far Away) classic Top Girls.
• National Theatre and Steppenwolf production of Bruce Norris’ (The Pain And The Itch, Clybourne Park) Downstate.
• Dennis O’Hare (True Blood, The Illiad) as Tartuffe at the National Theatre.
• Rooms, an installation by Enda Walsh at the Barbican Centre.
No matter the plays, you can rest assured you’ll have a wide variety of experiences that will give you plenty to enjoy and talk about for years to come.
In case you need a little extra convincing, here are some comments from previous participants of Loose In London:
“Loved every minute. Would do it again in a heartbeat!”
“Doing London theatre on your own is a pleasant event. Doing it with Third Rail is a magical, mystical, fantastical experience.”
“I can definitely see why folks sign up to do the trip again and again!”
“A wonderful variety of compelling and entertaining performances; up close and personal luncheons with playwrights and directors; great camaraderie, food, drink and laughter — all perfectly choreographed by the best tour guides ever. Maureen and Scott are so knowledgeable, organized, attentive and just beyond fun to be with.”
“I feel like we’ve been adopted into the Third Rail family. What a warm, nurturing family it is! It is clear that they want us to love theater as much as they do.”
Remember: space is limited to the first 20 travelers; so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to join Scott and Maureen for this one-of-a-kind theatre tour.
Founding Artistic Director