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Robert Powell and Susan Jameson celebrate the Victorian Christmas

By: stagedoorscribbler - December 10, 2018

Robert Powell and Susan Jameson

Next weekend provides another chance to enjoy two of our favourite actors  Robert Powell and Susan Jameson celebrating the forthcoming 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, and the development, during her reign, of Christmas as we know it today.

The Victorian Christmas was a time of magic, hope and goodwill to all people. Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree to England in 1846, the first greeting cards were sent in 1861, Charles Dickens revelled in his seasonal stories, culminating in the greatest tale of all, A Christmas Carol. And Mrs Beeton was on hand to give advice on the culinary delights of roast turkey, plum puddings and mince pies!

Robert and Susan will be at the Shankling Theatre on the Isle of Wight on Sunday 16th December  to celebrate the delights of Christmas past in the company of Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and, the Queen’s favourites, Gilbert and Sullivan. 

They will be  accompanied by music of the period, played by Clive Conway on flute and Christine Croshaw on piano. Christine also devised the piece.

So enjoy the festive spirit Victorian style enhanced by familiar and much -loved music by Handel, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Vivaldi, Bizet, Scott Joplin, Debussy, and traditional tunes and carols.

*A Victorian Christmas is at Shanklin Theatre on the Isle of Wight on Sunday 16th December. More info at

It wil, be back on Sunday 23rd December to play The Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden. More info at