Guaranteed Departure

Itinerary

PRE-TOUR EXTENSION

Wed 24 Jun

For those also wishing to attend the revival of the Festival’s acclaimed production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a starry cast which includes Jonathan Lemalu as Bottom, Travel for the Arts can offer an extension. Please ask for a quote.

 

Thu 25 Jun

Independent arrival at the 4-star deluxe Audleys Wood Hotel, a handsome and comfortable country house hotel situated just outside Basingstoke. Welcome dinner that evening in the hotel.

Fri 26 Jun

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. A few minutes’ walk away is the house where Jane Austen spent the last years of her life and there will be time to discover this small independent museum before returning to the hotel. Lunch is at leisure before transferring to The Grange for the early evening performance. During the long interval, dinner will be served in the faded grandeur of the historic mansion. After the performance there will be a drinks reception with Michael Chance and members of the cast.

Sat 27 Jun

Transfer this morning to Mottisfont Abbey, a romantic house set in beautiful riverside gardens. Its spacious art gallery 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 with a late afternoon transfer to The Grange for the final opera of the tour. This evening you will dine al fresco in the beautiful grounds of this heavenly Hampshire house.

Sun 28 Jun

Independent departure.

Programme

24 Jun 17.30

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM BrittenOn Request

D: Paul Curran

C: Anthony Kraus

Cast: Patrick Terry, Rhian Lois, Chris Darmanin, Roberto Lorenzi, Angharad Lyddon, Peter Kirk, Dominic Sedgwick, Angela Simkin, Eleanor Dennis, Jonathan Lemalu, Graeme Danby, Ben Johnson, Sion Goronwy, Adrian Thompson, Johnny Herford

26 Jun 17.30

MANON LESCAUT PucciniInc

D: Stephen Lawless

C: Francesco Cilluffo

Cast: Elin Pritchard, Nicholas Lester, Samuel Sakker, Stephen Richardson, Kamil Bien, Angharad Lyddon

New production

27 Jun 17.30

LA CENERENTOLA RossiniInc

D: Stephen Barlow

C: David Parry

Cast: Josè Maria Lo Monaco, Nico Darmanin, Christian Senn, Luciano di Pasquale, Roberto Lorenzi, Carolina Lippo, Maria Ostroukhova

New production

Independent Travel

Direct train services from London Waterloo to Basingstoke station are available (approx. 45 minutes), then a 10-minute taxi transfer.

Prices per person

Tour price £1425
Single room supplement £150
Deposit required £450
Tour code BAS1

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.