OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR EXTENSION
Thu 1 Jul
For those wishing to attend the revival of the Festival’s acclaimed production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
Independent arrival at the 4-star deluxe Audleys Wood Hotel, a handsome and comfortable country house hotel situated just outside Basingstoke. Optional performance at The Grange this evening.
Fri 2 Jul
Independent arrival at the 4-star deluxe Audleys Wood Hotel for those joining the tour today. A welcome dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Sat 3 Jul
A morning visit to nearby Chawton House. This 16th-century house is strongly associated with the author Jane Austen as it was owned by her brother Edward, and Jane was a frequent visitor. The house features many portraits of women writers, many of them famous in their day, as well as a changing display of works from the library’s unique collection of books by female authors. The grounds include a Walled Garden and the Elizabeth Blackwell Herb Garden, inspired by Blackwell’s ‘A Curious Herbal’ (1737-9), a guide to different plants and their uses in medicine. In the late afternoon transfer to The Grange for the first included performance of the tour, with dinner served in the faded grandeur of the historic mansion during the interval.
Sun 4 Jul
Transfer this morning to Mottisfont Abbey, a historical priory and country estate set in the valley of the River Test. The house museum features regularly changing art exhibitions, whilst the grounds are home to a spectacular rose garden and a collection of ancestral species with 19th-century rose cultivars. Return to the hotel for an independent lunch. In the late afternoon transfer to The Grange for the early evening performance, with a picnic supper in the Park during the long interval.
Mon 5 Jul
1 Jul 17.30
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM BrittenOn Request
D: Paul Curran
C: Anthony Kraus
Cast: Chris Darmanin, Roberto Lorenzi, Angharad Lyddon, Peter Kirk, Dominic Sedgewick, Angela Simkin, Eleanor Dennis, Jonathan Lemalu, Graeme Danby, Ben Johnson, Sion Goronwy, Adrian Thompson, Johnny Herford
3 Jul 17.30
LA CENERENTOLA RossiniInc
D: Stephen Barlow
C: David Parry
Cast: Jose Maria Lo Monaco, Nico Darmanin, Christian Senn, Luciano di Pasquale, Carolina Lippo, Maria Ostroukhova
4 Jul 17.30
MANON LESCAUT PucciniInc
D: Stephen Lawless
C: Francesco Cilluffo
Cast: Elin Pritchard, Nicholas Lester, Samuel Sakker, Stephen Richardson, Kamil Bien, Angharad Lyddon
Direct train services from London Waterloo to Basingstoke station are available (approx. 45 minutes), then a 10-minute taxi transfer.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£150|
Tour price includes: Group transfers from included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two dinners, one picnic supper, sightseeing tours as described including entrance fee, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide, the services of our local representative or tour manager.