A short play by Nicola Baldwin
Directed by Saskia Marland
DUCHESSE D’ELBEUF: Nicola Sanderson
ELISABETH-HELENE: Harriet Leitch
SYLVIE-LOUISE: Stephanie Houtman
HISTORICAL ADVISER: Professor Colin Jones
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: Dr Simon Macdonald
PRODUCER (ART MUSEUM): Helen Pike
CURATOR (ART MUSEUM): Dr Andrea Fredericksen
Innocente-Catherine Rougé, elderly Duchess of Elbeuf, witnesses the French Revolution and Terror from a grand house overlooking the guillotine. As other aristocrats are arrested, executed, or flee, the Duchess writes secret letters about her life.
At the height of the Terror in 1793, we enter Hotel d’Elbeuf to hear the indomitable Duchess’ tips for surviving Revolution. Until her servants Elisabeth and Sylvie unleash rebellions of their own.
UCL Art Museum
South Cloisters,Wilkins Building
University College London WC1E 6BT
26 March, 19.00-21.30
19.00; 19.30; 20.00; 20.40; 21.10. Other events to run continuously during the evening.
About the Duchess d’Elbeuf
The Duchess’ letters were discovered in the Paris police archives by Professor Colin Jones of QMUL. You can find out more about the Duchess D’Elbeuf and Professor Colin Jones and Dr Simon Macdonald’s project to translate her letters on the Revolutionary Duchess website.