Academy Travel is delighted to present a four-night program in Sydney for lovers of the performing and visual arts. The itinerary is based around four outstanding performances: a live theatre production of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Sydney Theatre Company’s timeless masterpiece Death of a Salesman, starring Wayne Blair, Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the smash hit musical Hamilton. We have excellent seats for all events.
Around the performances we have woven a program of gallery visits and experiences designed to show off some of Sydney’s hidden treasures. We have also included dining in some excellent restaurants. Accommodation is in the luxurious Fullerton Hotel, located in the former GPO of Sydney on Martin Place.
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Hamilton – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s once-in-a-generation musical is having a sell-out run in Sydney. Hamilton tells the dramatic story of one of the founding fathers of the United States with witty, poetic dialogue and an inventive score.
Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony – Partially inspired by sixteen swans taking flight, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra soars before reaching a rock star finish, with an Australian premiere performance of Jaakko Kuusisto’s dramatic Violin Concerto.
Death of a Salesman – In some of the best writing ever composed for the stage, Arthur Miller’s timeless masterpiece is a compassionate insight into the life of a family facing broken dreams, and a realisation of living for now.
A private launch takes us to the Quarantine Station on North Head and then to lunch in a secluded restaurant overlooking Clifton Gardens.
Day 1: Meet your tour leader Christopher Menz at The Fullerton Hotel and enjoy an early dinner followed by a performance of Light Shining in Buckhamshire.
Day 2: A private launch on the Fleetwing II takes us to the Quarantine Station at Manly for a private tour, followed by lunch at Ripples overlooking Chowder Bay. Tonight, we enjoy a performance by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Day 3: This morning, enjoy a heritage tour of the hotel, visit White Rabbit gallery and enjoy lunch. Tonight, see an evening performance of Death of a Salesman. Day 4: After a talk, enjoy lunch at Cafe Sydney and visit the Art Gallery of NSW to see the Matisse exhibition. This evening there will be a performance of Hamilton at the Lyric Theatre.
The tour begins at 3pm on November 9 at the Fullerton Hotel.
The tour ends after breakfast on November 13 at the Fullerton Hotel
Included meals are shown with the symbols B, L and D.
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
Independent check in to the Fullerton Hotel from 2pm.
At 4.00pm meet your fellow tour participants for an early dinner and transfer to the Belvoir theatre for an evening performance of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. (D)
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
This morning we walk down to the King St Wharf, where the 38-foot motor catamaran Fleetwing takes us on a private cruise up Sydney Harbour to the Quarantine Station at North Head. Here a guide explains the history of this beautiful site. We then head to Clifton Gardens, an exclusive harbourfront neighbourhood. We enjoy lunch at Ripples, a restaurant in a historic building overlooking the beach. We return in the mid-afternoon. After a talk in the hotel, we head to Sydney Town Hall for a performance of Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra. (B, L)
Thursday, 11 November 2021
This morning there is a heritage tour of the hotel. Depart by coach to see the remarkable contemporary Chinese art shown at the White Rabbit, a private gallery run by philanthropist Judith Nielsen. We then head to fashionable Chippendale for lunch at Bistro Gavroche. This evening we, transfer by coach and enjoy a performance of Death of a Salesman. (B, L)
Friday, 12 November 2021
This morning there will be a lecture in the hotel, as US historian Dr Richard Bell presents a background talk on Hamilton. Richard provides both an overview of the production and an expert appraisal of the way the story is told. The talk is transmitted on to a large screen from Maryland in the USA. We take the light rail to the Museum of Contemporary Art for the ‘Place’ exhibition before enjoying a fine-dining lunch at Café Sydney with views overlooking the harbour. We continue to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see the new Matisse exhibition. This evening we enjoy farewell drinks and hors d’ouves before a coach takes us to and from the Lyric Theatre in Pyrmont for our performance of Hamilton.
Saturday, 13 November 2021
The tour ends after breakfast. (B)
A former art museum director and curator, with expertise in the arts and music throughout Europe, the USA and Australia.
Christopher Menz is a former art museum director and curator and has been leading cultural tours in Europe, the United States and Australia since 2013. He has expertise and interest in the visual arts and music.
Christopher has a BA (Hons) from Flinders University. He is a former director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Before that he was a curator, specialising in decorative arts, and worked at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria. He has published and lectured extensively on Australian and European decorative arts, notably on the design work of William Morris, and curated numerous exhibitions. Christopher is based in Melbourne where he is an art consultant and valuer, and Development Consultant for Australian Book Review.
Christopher has led cultural tours to Germany, England, the United States, as well as in Australia. He has also been a tour leader on European river cruises.
We asked Christopher, what do you think clients get from travelling with you?
“It is always a great thrill to be able to introduce clients to new experiences and to places they might otherwise not have visited or not have visited recently. I always hope to give tour guests something that adds to the experiences of the places, cities, museums and art galleries, and performances that they would not get if travelling alone.”