New York English, Drama & Performing Arts School Trips & Tours

A school theatre tour to this dazzling destination will leave your English, drama and performing arts pupils feeling excited and inspired! From the bright lights of Broadway to a range of exiting educational visits, NYC won't disappoint!

An English school trip to New York will provide your group with invaluable educational experiences together with the opportunity to develop vital skills for work in the performing arts industry.Your pupils will be talking about it long after they return to the classroom! Plus, by booking your English trip to New York with NST, you’re guaranteed the perfect mix of shows, school theatre workshops and leisure at fantastic group prices. Of all your chosen visits, a Broadway show is an absolute must! 

 

Prices start from£699pp

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights’ room only accommodation
  • Return flights and overseas airport transfers
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a London airport in November 2018 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid subway tickets
  • A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay

 


Accommodation

Popular options in New York


Top shows & productions in New York

Wicked

The untold musical story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good...before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked takes a fantasy journey through the unseen side of Oz, sharing a tale of unexpected friendship and love.

Les Misérables

Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production is indisputably the world’s most popular musical seen by over 70 million people worldwide. This spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece continues to thrill audiences night after night.

The Lion King

The Serengeti comes to life as never before through the extraordinary vision that is The Lion King. More than 75 million people have felt the thrill of this Tony Award® winner for Best Musical, which tells the classic journey of young royal heir, Simba. Giraffes strut, birds swoop and gazelles leap in a dazzling panorama that overwhelms the senses and inspires you with the wonder of life.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from the most unlikely person. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…

Matilda the Musical

Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda is more than a show, it’s a phenomenon. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. This celebrated smash hit is presented by The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Aladdin

The beloved story of Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical. With just one rub of a magic lamp, Aladdin’s journey sweeps you into an exotic world full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. It’s an unforgettable experience that includes all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning score and more written especially for Broadway.

Chicago

Chicago is a musical tale of "murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery - all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts". Paint the town red with merry murderesses Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, their hotshot lawyer, Billy Flynn, and the iconic choreography of Bob Fosse.

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. Winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, the show features over 30 beautifully sung tunes, including ‘Sherry’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and  ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’.

Phantom of the Opera

Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score, along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night.


Top visits in New York

Lincoln Center of Performing Arts

Take a guided tour and bring your pupils closer to the world’s premier performing arts centre. On a daily tour they’ll learn more about the Lincoln Center’s iconic landmarks which have been showcased on Sex and the City and in movies like Black Swan, moonstruck and Ghostbusters. 

Go behind-the-scenes at venues where a spectacular range of artists have performed, including Luciano Pavarotti and Bruce Springsteen. Each tour is unique, and you never know what might happen. You might sit in on a rehearsal, walk out onto a stage, or even meet a star. 

Tours of the Met increase your understanding of how the company works. Backstage tours visit production areas not usually seen by the general public. Lincoln Center tours include the front of the house and the auditorium but do not go backstage.

Radio City

The largest indoor theatre in the world, this prime spot in Midtown was turned into Radio City Music Hall during the years of the Depression. Radio City is now a leading hall for popular concerts, stage shows, special attractions and media events, including the Grammys, Tonys, and MTV Video Music Awards! More than 700 movies opened here, including the original King Kong.
Here, your group will learn about its history, listen to the ‘mighty Wurlitzer’ and enjoy ‘a masterpiece of American Modernist design’.

 

Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

Get an insider’s look at the world’s most famous arena with the ‘All Access Tour!’ Explore exclusive VIP areas of the state-of-the-art arena and commemorate over 130 years of legendary Garden history. 

Exclusive, behind-the-scenes access: 

  • Visit the spectacular new Chase Bridges, suspended high above the arena floor 
  • Step inside the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms 
  • Relive historic moments with the new ‘Garden 366’ retrospective and ‘Defining Moments’ exhibit 
  • Get VIP treatment with access to luxury suites, including the Delta Sky360 Club 
  • Plus much more for THE ultimate insider’s look!

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – Broadway 101

Involve your pupils in storytelling exercises, and introduce them to the history of Broadway and professional theatre. They’ll gain a contextual and thematic background of a show you choose to see.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – Stage Combat

Our most popular workshop! A fun and interactive session that culminates in pupils creating their own combat sequence under the guidance of two teaching artists. Heightens focus, safety, and listening skills.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – Step by Step

Put your group’s dance moves to the test in this spectacular masterclass with a professional Broadway dancer. Your pupils will interpret choreography and its dramatic meanings, and explore different styles of dance.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – Musical Theatre Song & Movement

Your group will be provided with sheet music and work with a cast member (from a show you see) and a pianist to recreate a true Broadway rehearsal. Pupils will learn choreography, staging and music directly from the Broadway production they are seeing.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – Up-Close & Personal

In this intimate session, your pupils will have the opportunity to sit down and talk to a Broadway performer they may later see onstage in a Broadway show. This will include personal success stories, career moments and insight into life as a performer. This workshop includes a private performance from the artist just for your group.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – Broadway Close Up

In this intimate session, your pupils will have the opportunity to sit down and talk to a Broadway performer they may later see onstage in a Broadway show. This will include personal success stories, career moments and insight into life as a performer. This workshop includes a private performance from the artist just for your group.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – Business of the Business

This talk-back session gives your group the unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with two Broadway professionals about their journey to Broadway. You may request to include an actor, choreographer, lighting designer, producer, stage manager, costumer or any other of the other professional careers from Broadway. Your group will have the chance to ask questions, hear backstage stories and learn some of the tricks of the trade.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – Making Music

Learn techniques of vocal dynamics and acting through song while working with a musical director on a piece of Broadway music. Explore the art of marrying music and drama to effectively achieve great emotional impact. Then your pupils have the opportunity to perform the piece they have learned with a Broadway guest performer, followed by a Q&A session.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – The Art of the Quick Change

Learn how Broadway professionals have only seconds to change costumes for a quick scene change. Everyone will have the opportunity to see this quick change happen, and then volunteers will be able to take part. 

Participants will learn how it takes many people on and off stage to keep a Broadway show moving. From lights, sound, music, costumes and set changing, a scene can go to a whole different setting in 30 seconds. Pupils will have the opportunity to ask questions about careers, costumers, set pieces and more. A very exciting, interactive workshop!

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – Stage Make-Up

Through demonstrations applied to volunteers, your pupils will learn the basics of make-up application and effects-rendering from a professional make-up artist. This lecture-based class will show your group the correct technique of make-up application and give a bit of the history on why make-up is applied during live theatre.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

Dance Experiences – Alvin Ailey

The Ailey Studios at The Joan Weill Center for Dance is the ultimate destination for dancers of all ages and levels. Home to the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the Ailey Studios offer numerous options for unique group experiences, including private and open classes in a variety of techniques from around the world, class observations, building tours, discounted tickets to Ailey performances, and much more.

NST Stage School English & Drama Workshop – Making a Scene

Your pupils will be encouraged to make bold and creative acting choices in this workshop, during which a professional actor or teaching artist will advise them on vocal techniques and character development. Working from a scripted scene, your pupils will interpret and bring a text to life in truthful, imaginative and specific ways. Come prepared with a scene of your choice, or let us provide one for you.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School English & Drama Workshop – Improvisation/Theatre Sports

Encourage your pupils to actively participate and engage in improvisational exercises designed to heighten focus, creativity, quick thinking and sensitivity to others.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School English & Drama Workshop – Acting Shakespeare

Through simple script analysis, your pupils will demystify aspects of classical theatre. Shakespeare’s plays were written in a time when directors were rarely used, so special attention was given to the clues and hints concealed within the writing. These ‘hidden directions’ help performers to select acting beats and character intentions. Pupils will have the opportunity of participating in group acting exercises as well as volunteering for individual activities that make Shakespeare fun!

New York Film Academy Interactive Sessions

The New York Film Academy offer NST groups a fantastic opportunity to learn from exciting sessions designed around an area of film to suit your group’s studies. 

Workshop options include: 

Director’s Craft 
Your group will use equipment to try out film direction, and be taken through the process of creating shots and scenes.

Screenwriting Workshop 
Explore good storytelling, screenplay structure, plus character development and dialogue.

Acting for Film Workshop 
Uncover the basics of film acting, performance choices and how the camera affects the actor's performance.

Digital Editing 
Pupils get involved in shot selection and manipulation in this overview of film editing

Digital Cinematography 
Your group will create camera and lighting set-ups, then record and screen the footage for analysis and critique

Filmmaking Workshop 
Learn how to use an HD digital camera, and receive an introduction to film writing and shoot a scene

Top of the Rock™

Experience the best and most complete daytime view of New York City! Bring your sketchbook with you and you’ll be spoilt for choice over what to sketch. The unparalleled views of New York’s landmarks include Central Park, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty – simply the most spectacular view in the city!

Empire State Building

Venture over a quarter of a mile skyward and observe as your group takes in the scale of the immense urban landscape which opens up before them. This is a great way for your students to gain artistic inspiration away from the hustle and bustle of the streets below. A particularly popular evening visit.

Landmark Cruise

Take in a spectacular view of Manhattan from the water, and pick out the many famous landmarks which dominate its skyline.

The Beast! Speedboat

It’s a thrill-a-minute aboard New York’s fastest boat ride. Imagine flying across the waters of New York harbour at 45mph. An exhilarating alternative to our popular Circle Line Cruise, at no extra cost. Seasonal.

The Statue of Liberty Cruise & Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Alongside the ultimate landmark of New York and one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy, the Ellis Island Museum is dedicated to the history of immigration and the important role this island claimed during the mass migration of humanity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A 45-minute audio tour invites pupils to relive the immigrant experience as if they were the new arrivals and includes artifacts, photos, interactive displays and videos including the award winning ‘Island of Hope, Island of Tears’.

You will visit the island as part of a short boat cruise passing the Statue of Liberty, which was the first sight for the millions of immigrants.

IMAX Cinema

Take some time out to watch a popular recent release or 3D film on one of several huge cinema screens.

Manhattan Guided Walking Tour

Make sure you see all the sights by taking a 4-hour guided tour around the city. A popular and informative way to see all the best and key city sights of your choice. 

For English, drama and performing arts groups, why not opt for a literary themed tour?

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York’s premier cultural attraction is one of the world’s greatest repositories of art. Offers paintings, sculpture, furniture and all manner of precious objects from across the continents and ancient civilisations. An excellent foundation of inspiration for those interested in the work of other cultures.

9/11 Memorial Museum

Opened in 2014, the museum explores the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring 9/11’s continuing significance. It demonstrates the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and its impact on communities at local, national and international level. The museum is growing a permanent collection of artefacts, stories, photos, video and other materials.

Yankee Stadium Tour

This classic tour of the famous Yankee Stadium includes visits to New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America, Monument Park, MasterCard, Batters Eye Café and Press Box. Why not extend your visit by staying for lunch or, during the season, catching a game too!

Guggenheim Museum

A unique museum containing leading examples of Expressionism, Cubism and Abstraction. Offers modern creations associated with major movements. Representations are generally from the latter part of the 19th century. Boasting artists such as Klee, Leger, Mondrian, with a general leaning towards the abstract.

International Center of Photography

As digital photography becomes more popular as a study topic, an increasing number of NST groups are taking this visit to create an itinerary which touches upon all forms of media. Take a tailored guided or self-guided tour around this museum which explores the possibilities of the photographic medium through acclaimed exhibitions and education programmes.

Explore New York

As well as the visits listed, we are able to provide fantastic group prices on many other New York attractions. Or why not schedule in some free time for your group to shop ’til they drop at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, or Century 21!

One World Trade Center Observation Deck

The 104 storey building stands on the World Trade Center site in Manhattan - giving amazing views of the city as well as interactive exhibitions on the building and the city.  Groups will ascend to the 102nd observation floor in under 60 seconds in one of five sky pod elevators! 


Evening activites

  • Top of the RockTM
  • Empire State Building
  • IMAX Cinema
  • Bowling
  • ...and much more!

 


Transport

We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
  • School travel company of choice since 1967

“The Alvin Ailey experience was fantastic! We can't wait to go back. MoMA was excellent and such good value for money. Cabaret on Broadway was awesome! I can't wait to plan the next trip to be honest. The support and advice from NST was excellent. We all had an awesome time. Fab fab fab!” 

Julie Hobday, Gower College Swansea