virtual exhibition was created to accompany a display in the Library's galleries
between July and October 2000.
9 July | Sunday 23 July
| Tuesday 25 July
4 July, 18.15-19.05
Jane Austens delightful burlesque The
History of England
Adapted and directed by Tim Heath; costume by
Live music and songs by Thomas Arne, William Boyce, Frantisek
Kotzwara and Henry Purcell
Songs, battles and glee! The History of England
was written in 1791 when Jane Austen was 16, and the manuscript is now on permanent
display at the British Library. This world première production opened at
the Theatre Royal, Bath and has toured internationally, hilariously recreating
the young authors outrageous parody of The History of England by
A skilful and witty adaptation
solo performance. Plays and Players
Wonderful and great
fun. The Stage
praise. Bath Chronicle
Suitable for children aged 10
£5.00; £3.50 concessions
Queen of Scots
4 July | Sunday 23 July
9 July 15.00-16.45
Maria Aitken & Malcolm Sinclair read
For Gods Sake, Madam!
an entertainment about Lady Mary
with Christine Croshaw (piano) & Clive
Compiled, arranged and adapted by Maria Aitken &
Directed by Charles Siegel
In 1716 Lady Mary accompanied
her husband on his diplomatic posting to Turkey, recording her travels in the
famously irreverent Embassy Letters. Many were sent to Alexander Pope,
who wrote passionate replies. Those letters, with poems and other writings of
the period, are assembled here into a conversation between Lady Mary and Horace
Walpole, the great chronicler of his age. A woman of wit, passion and accomplishment
is brought alive.
Maria Aitken, actress, director and screenwriter,
is a former member of the RSC and the RNT and has played many leading rôles
in the West End. She is considered the leading interpreter of Noël Coward
of her generation. Her films include A Fish Called Wanda.
Sinclair's recent theatre work includes playing Serebriakov in Uncle
Vanya for the RSC at the Young Vic, Massini in Heartbreak House at the Almeida,
and Jeeves in By Jeeves, both at Scarborough and in the West End. His most recent
TV appearance was in the Channel 4 production of Anna Karenina.
is Professor of Drama at Vancouver University.
23 July, 18.15 -20.00 (includes interval)
The world première of a new musical
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Music by Stephen Daltry; book by Pamela Barlow & Stephen Daltry Directed by
Stephen Daltry; design by Penny Keeling.
with Ana-Luisa de Cavilla
as the White Queen, Edmund Dehn as the White Knight, Sarah
Vernon as the Red Queen and Maria Gavriliouk as Alice
Join Alice on her travels through the fabulous chessboard country
in her quest to become Queen of the Eighth Square.
Stephen Daltry trained
at the National Film School as a composer and has since written
TV documentaries such as The Hunt, Fruity Stories and Diana: Secrets
behind the Crash.
In 1993 his musical comedy Seats in All Parts
received its première in London and Salisbury.
children aged six and above
£7.50; £6.00 concessions;
£3.50 under 16s Ticket
4 July | Sunday
25 July, 18.15
-20.15 (includes interval)
Stephen Oxley performs
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
Adapted by Stephen Oxley; directed by Brian Croucher; music by Mr Handel
Sternes great comic novel first appeared in 1760. Stephen Oxleys solo
performance of this extraordinary work caused a sensation when it first appeared
at the Edinburgh Fringe and has caused riots
of hilarity ever since
£5.00; £3.50 concessions Ticket
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