This theatre course uses the city of London to provide a unique opportunity for students to develop their existing knowledge of the theatre, in the context of nine theatre productions. The focus is on smaller fringe venues and theatre companies, as well as the National Theatre and the West End. Students will read new and innovative plays as well as the classics. They will then assess the way those plays are interpreted for the stage, taking into account direction, design and acting, as well as other staging elements. The course lectures will closely relate to the productions seen. Those subjects include theatre history, individual playwrights, as well as current political, social and economic issues that significantly shape the theory and practice of contemporary British theatre.