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This virtual exhibition was created to accompany a display in the Library's galleries between July and October 2000.

Sunday 9 July | Sunday 23 July | Tuesday 25 July
Tuesday 4 July, 18.15-19.05
Rebecca Blech performs
Jane Austen’s delightful burlesque The History of England
Adapted and directed by Tim Heath; costume by Sharon Evans;
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 author’s outrageous parody of The History of England by Oliver Goldsmith.
“A skilful and witty adaptation… an outstanding solo performance.” Plays and Players
“Wonderful and great fun.” The Stage
“Very funny… deserves unqualified praise.” Bath Chronicle
Suitable for children aged 10 and above
£5.00; £3.50 concessions
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Queen Elizabeth I
Rebecca Blech
Mary Queen of Scots
Queen Elizabeth I
Rebecca Blech
Mary Queen of Scots


Tuesday 4 July | Sunday 23 July | Tuesday 25 July
Sunday 9 July 15.00-16.45 (includes interval)
Maria Aitken & Malcolm Sinclair read
For God’s Sake, Madam!
an entertainment about Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
with Christine Croshaw (piano) & Clive Conway (flute)
Compiled, arranged and adapted by Maria Aitken & Charles Siegel
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.
Malcolm 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.
Charles Siegel is Professor of Drama at Vancouver University.
£7.50; £6.00 concessions
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Maria Aitken
Maria Aitken  


Tuesday 4 July | Sunday 9 July | Tuesday 25 July |
Sunday 23 July, 18.15 -20.00 (includes interval)
(includes interval)
The world première of a new musical
Lewis Carroll’s
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
music for 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.
Suitable for children aged six and above
£7.50; £6.00 concessions; £3.50 under 16s Ticket information

Edmund Dehn
Maria Gavriliouk
Edmund Dehn
Maria Gavriliouk


Tuesday 4 July | Sunday 9 July | Sunday 23 July
Tuesday 25 July, 18.15 -20.15 (includes interval)
Stephen Oxley performs
Laurence Sterne’s
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
Adapted by Stephen Oxley; directed by Brian Croucher; music by Mr Handel
Laurence Sterne’s great comic novel first appeared in 1760. Stephen Oxley’s 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 information

Stephen Oxley
Stephen Oxley  

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