Thursday, 26 August 2021

Being Mr Wickham: UK Tour

I'm so excited to announce that Being Mr Wickham is going on a UK tour. Click here for full details, including dates and tickets!

Being Mr Wickham

Written off as a rake and reviled as a rogue, join George Wickham on his sixtieth birthday to discover his version of some very famous literary events. From childhood games at Pemberley to a run-in with Lord Byron, via marriage to Lydia and the battlefields of Europe, Mr Wickham is ready to set the record straight.
This brand new production by Catherine Curzon sees Adrian Lukis return to his celebrated role as George Wickham, Jane Austen's most quintessential trouble-maker. 

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Sunday, 8 August 2021

Being Mr Wickham: Offie Nomination

Adrian and I were chuffed to learn that our play, Being Mr Wickham, has been nominated by the Offies in its new online show category. The performance is currently being streamed by Original Theatre, prior to a UK tour in the autumn. 

 The OnComm is the Offies Commendation for online shows – it aims to recognise the excellence of shows from independent, alternative and fringe theatres that are being presented online. This award was introduced in May 2020 in the light of the lockdown arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. ” Read more here

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

The Regent's Bomb

The Georgians loved to rib the Prince Regent as often and as cheekily as possible! “A view of the R-g-t's bomb" by Charles Williams, 1816, is more concerned with the Prince’s was enormous bum than the mortar he received from the Spanish after the Peninsular War.

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

The Mistresses of George I & II

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my new book, The Mistresses of George I & II: A Maypole and a Peevish Beast, is available now! It was such a privilege to tell the remarkable stories of Melusine von der Schulenberg and Henrietta Howard, two women in a position that wasn’t always enviable. 

Click here to buy from Pen & Sword.

When George I arrived in England he found a kingdom in turmoil. Mistrustful of the new monarch from Hanover, his subjects met his coronation with riots. At George’s side was his mistress, Melusine von der Schulenberg, whilst his ex-wife languished in prison. Known as the Maypole thanks to her eye-catching figure, Melusine was the king’s confidante for decades. She was a mother to his children and a queen without a crown.

George II never forgave his father for tearing him from his mother's arms and he was determined to marry for love, not duty. Though his wife, Caroline of Ansbach, proved to be a politically gifted queen, George II turned to another for affection. She was Henrietta Howard, the impoverished Countess of Suffolk, and she was desperate to escape her brutish husband. As the years passed, the royal affair became a powerplay between king and queen and the woman who was mistress to one and servant to another.

Melusine and Henrietta's privileged position made them the envy of every courtier. It also made them a target of jealousy, plotting and ambition. In the tumultuous Georgian court, the bedroom and the throne room weren't so far apart.