Two hundred years after her birth we celebrate the real Queen Victoria
Top TV historian Lucy Worsley continues her celebration of one of Britain’s most revered monarchs as she re-examines the extraordinary woman who was Queen Victoria.
Never has a figure in relatively recent history been so celebrated yet fundamentally misunderstood. Or as Lucy puts it. Queen Victoria: a little old lady, spherical in shape, dressed in black, perpetually grumpy. Right? Well, perhaps not and now the good Dr Worsley wants to make us think again.
This week she visits Oxford, Redditch and Sturminster Newton in Dorset. She will introduce her audiences to a complex, contradictory woman, who had a traumatic childhood, who loved dancing, who suffered calamity and bereavement, before coming out the other side as an eccentric, powerful and really rather magnificent old lady.
Lucy's illustrated talk, based on her latest book Queen Victoria, Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow, takes you into the life, the palaces, and the rich colourful age of this woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.
May 2019, marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth so it couldn't be a more appropriate time to put the record straight.
Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife Mother and Widow is at
The Oxford Playhouse this evening Monday 27th May.Mor info at www.oxfordplayhouse.com . At The Palace Theatre in Redditch tomorrow Tuesday 28th May www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk and at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton in Dorset on Wednesday 28th May www.stur-exchange.co.uk The tour continues.