Saturday 15 July


Saturday 15 July


Kate Williams

Victoria: Becoming Queen

Saturday 15 July, 6.00pm

Theatre Royal

Tickets: £14 from Theatre Royal box office

Historian, broadcaster and award-winning author, Professor Kate Williams uncovers the truth about the young Queen Victoria, showing how she was a wild, vibrant girl, with passions that often got her into trouble. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, was determined to hold power, and the two struggled for the throne, a conflict which became the biggest mother-daughter battle in history.

Victoria’s childhood was unhappy, but, when she ascended the throne at just eighteen, her sense of duty and most of all her awareness of the importance of image made her the first modern Queen, and, in a very real sense, the saviour of the monarchy.

Kate talks about how Victoria used her image in a modern way – as the first mistress of middle-class spin – and touches on how she has been represented in books, TV and films since. 

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Lucy Parham and Alex Jennings

Saturday 15 July. 8.00pm

Theatre Royal

Tickets: £22 and £18 from Theatre Royal box office

Lucy Parham piano

Alex Jennings narrator

Lucy Parham
Alex Jennings

Elégie : Rachmaninoff – A Heart in Exile

Pianist Lucy Parham is known internationally for her ‘Composer Portraits’ in words and music. Lucy’s most recent Portrait chronicles the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff; he became an exile in 1917 but Russia remained deeply rooted in his soul, his longing for his homeland imbued in his music, not least in the many works he wrote for the piano. The narrative, scripted by Lucy from letters and diaries and spoken by Alex Jennings, follows Rachmaninoff from his youth in Russia, through his subsequent self-imposed exile and finally to California. The programme includes many of his best-loved works for solo piano, including a selection of Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux, Moments Musicaux and the haunting Elégie, as well as works by Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.

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Supported by The Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust