Curtain Down At Her Majesty's - A Play In Five Acts [15 Minute Drama]

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Act I: Another Year Begun20181231

Michael Chaplin’s new five-part drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

For two weeks the nation stopped in its tracks, mesmerised by the mortality of a little old lady who had sat on the throne for over sixty years. Her children squabbled, her doctors quarrelled, her army bickered and the public were misled and kept in the dark. This is the remarkable story of Queen Victoria's final days and the chaos and confusion surrounding her funeral, told by those who were there.

1953. On the eve of Elizabeth II’s coronation, the BBC interviews Queen Victoria’s dresser, Winnie Powell, who takes us on a journey into the past.

Based on the book Curtain Down at Her Majesty’s, an eyewitness history by Stewart Richards.

Queen Victoria ….. Brigit Forsyth
Old Winnie Powell ….. Marcia Warren
Interviewer ….. Carl Prekopp
Mary Tuck ….. Wendy Nottingham
Young Winnie Powell ….. Lauren Cornelius
Sir James Reid ….. Ross Sutherland
Sir Frederick ‘Fritz’ Ponsonby ….. Tom Turner
Kaiser Wilhelm ….. Hywel Morgan
Prince of Wales ….. Gerard McDermott

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designer: David Chilton
Director: Carl Prekopp
Producers: Lucinda Mason Brown and Stewart Richards

A Stewart Richards / Goldhawk Essential co-production for BBC Radio 4

Michael Chaplin's new eyewitness drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Michael Chaplin’s new five-part drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

For two weeks the nation stopped in its tracks, mesmerised by the mortality of a little old lady who had sat on the throne for over sixty years. Her children squabbled, her doctors quarrelled, her army bickered and the public were misled and kept in the dark. This is the remarkable story of Queen Victoria's final days and the chaos and confusion surrounding her funeral, told by those who were there.

Not many get this close to history.

It's 1953 and, on the eve of Elizabeth II’s coronation, the BBC interviews Queen Victoria’s dresser, Winnie Powell, who takes us on a journey into the past.

Based on the book Curtain Down at Her Majesty’s, an eyewitness history by Stewart Richards.

Cast:
Queen Victoria ….. Brigit Forsyth
Old Winnie Powell ….. Marcia Warren
Interviewer ….. Carl Prekopp
Mary Tuck ….. Wendy Nottingham
Young Winnie Powell ….. Lauren Cornelius
Sir James Reid ….. Ross F Sutherland
Sir Frederick ‘Fritz’ Ponsonby ….. Tom Turner
Kaiser Wilhelm ….. Hywel Morgan
Prince of Wales ….. Gerard McDermott

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designers: David Chilton and Lucinda Mason Brown
Director: Carl Prekopp
Producers: Lucinda Mason Brown and Stewart Richards

A Stewart Richards / Goldhawk Essential co-production for BBC Radio 4

Act Ii: The Angel Of Death20190101

Michael Chaplin’s new five-part drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

For two weeks the nation stopped in its tracks, mesmerised by the mortality of a little old lady who had sat on the throne for over sixty years. Her children squabbled, her doctors quarrelled, her army bickered and the public were misled and kept in the dark. This is the remarkable story of Queen Victoria's final days and the chaos and confusion surrounding her funeral, told by those who were there.

Not many get this close to history.

As the Kaiser arrives unexpectedly at Osborne House to say farewell to his Grandmamma, the Queen breathes her last surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Based on the book Curtain Down at Her Majesty’s, an eyewitness history by Stewart Richards.

Cast:
Queen Victoria ….. Brigit Forsyth
Old Winnie Powell ….. Marcia Warren
Interviewer ….. Carl Prekopp
Young Winnie Powell ….. Lauren Cornelius
Sir James Reid ….. Ross F Sutherland
Sir Frederick ‘Fritz’ Ponsonby ….. Tom Turner
Kaiser Wilhelm ….. Hywel Morgan
Prince of Wales ….. Gerard McDermott
Princess Mary ….. Wendy Nottingham

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designers: David Chilton and Lucinda Mason Brown
Director: Carl Prekopp
Producers: Lucinda Mason Brown and Stewart Richards

A Stewart Richards / Goldhawk Essential co-production for BBC Radio 4

Michael Chaplin's new eyewitness drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Act Iii: A Country In Mourning20190102

Michael Chaplin’s new five-part drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

For two weeks the nation stopped in its tracks, mesmerised by the mortality of a little old lady who had sat on the throne for over sixty years. Her children squabbled, her doctors quarrelled, her army bickered and the public were misled and kept in the dark. This is the remarkable story of Queen Victoria's final days and the chaos and confusion surrounding her funeral, told by those who were there.

Not many get this close to history.

The country grinds to a halt as Bertie is proclaimed King and the Royal household squabbles over the funeral arrangements.

Based on the book Curtain Down at Her Majesty’s, an eyewitness history by Stewart Richards.

Cast:
Old Winnie Powell ….. Marcia Warren
Interviewer ….. Carl Prekopp
Young Winnie Powell ….. Lauren Cornelius
Sir James Reid ….. Ross F Sutherland
Sir Frederick ‘Fritz’ Ponsonby ….. Tom Turner
Kaiser Wilhelm ….. Hywel Morgan
King Edward VII ….. Gerard McDermott
Queen Alexandra ….. Wendy Nottingham
Daniel ….. Douglas Clarke-Wood

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designers: David Chilton and Lucinda Mason Brown
Director: Carl Prekopp
Producers: Lucinda Mason Brown and Stewart Richards

A Stewart Richards / Goldhawk Essential co-production for BBC Radio 4

Michael Chaplin's new eyewitness drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Act Iv: Chaos And Confusion20190103

Michael Chaplin’s new five-part drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

For two weeks the nation stopped in its tracks, mesmerised by the mortality of a little old lady who had sat on the throne for over sixty years. Her children squabbled, her doctors quarrelled, her army bickered and the public were misled and kept in the dark. This is the remarkable story of Queen Victoria's final days and the chaos and confusion surrounding her funeral, told by those who were there.

Not many get this close to history.

The Queen’s secret burial instructions are carried out as chaos looms over the country’s largest ever state funeral.

Based on the book Curtain Down at Her Majesty’s, an eyewitness history by Stewart Richards.

Cast:
Old Winnie Powell ….. Marcia Warren
Interviewer ….. Carl Prekopp
Mary Tuck ….. Wendy Nottingham
Young Winnie Powell ….. Lauren Cornelius
Sir James Reid ….. Ross F Sutherland
Sir Frederick ‘Fritz’ Ponsonby ….. Tom Turner
Kaiser Wilhelm ….. Hywel Morgan
King Edward VII ….. Gerard McDermott
Daniel ….. Douglas Clarke-Wood

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designers: David Chilton and Lucinda Mason Brown
Director: Carl Prekopp
Producers: Lucinda Mason Brown and Stewart Richards

A Stewart Richards / Goldhawk Essential co-production for BBC Radio 4

Michael Chaplin's new eyewitness drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Act V: Rest In Peace20190104

Michael Chaplin’s new five-part drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

For two weeks the nation stopped in its tracks, mesmerised by the mortality of a little old lady who had sat on the throne for over sixty years. Her children squabbled, her doctors quarrelled, her army bickered and the public were misled and kept in the dark. This is the remarkable story of Queen Victoria's final days and the chaos and confusion surrounding her funeral, told by those who were there.

Not many get this close to history.

A full military state funeral almost ends in disaster as the Queen’s coffin topples on the gun carriage and a royal tradition is born.

Based on the book Curtain Down at Her Majesty’s, an eyewitness history by Stewart Richards.

Cast:
Old Winnie Powell ….. Marcia Warren
Interviewer ….. Carl Prekopp
Mary Tuck ….. Wendy Nottingham
Young Winnie Powell ….. Lauren Cornelius
Sir James Reid ….. Ross F Sutherland
Sir Frederick ‘Fritz’ Ponsonby ….. Tom Turner
King Edward VII ….. Gerard McDermott
Almeric Fitzroy ….. Hywel Morgan
Daniel ….. Douglas Clarke-Wood

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designers: David Chilton and Lucinda Mason Brown
Director: Carl Prekopp
Producers: Lucinda Mason Brown and Stewart Richards

A Stewart Richards / Goldhawk Essential co-production for BBC Radio 4

Michael Chaplin's new eyewitness drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Omnibus20190105

Michael Chaplin’s five-part drama about the death of Queen Victoria.

For two weeks the nation stopped in its tracks, mesmerised by the mortality of a little old lady who had sat on the throne for over sixty years. Her children squabbled, her doctors quarrelled, her army bickered and the public were misled and kept in the dark. This is the remarkable story of Queen Victoria's final days and the chaos and confusion surrounding her funeral, told by those who were there.

Based on the book Curtain Down at Her Majesty’s, an eyewitness history by Stewart Richards.

Queen Victoria....Brigit Forsyth
Old Winnie Powell ….. Marcia Warren
Interviewer ….. Carl Prekopp
Mary Tuck ….. Wendy Nottingham
Young Winnie Powell ….. Lauren Cornelius
Sir James Reid ….. Ross Sutherland
Sir Frederick ‘Fritz’ Ponsonby ….. Tom Turner
Kaiser Wilhelm ….. Hywel Morgan
King Edward VII ….. Gerard McDermott
Daniel ….. Douglas Clarke-Wood

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designer: David Chilton
Director: Carl Prekopp
Producers: Lucinda Mason Brown and Stewart Richards

A Stewart Richards / Goldhawk Essential co-production first broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations.