Hyde Park-on-hudson [Drama On 3]

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20090607A play by Richard Nelson, blending history and conjecture.

No reigning British monarch had ever been to the United States before George VI's visit in 1939, just on the cusp of a new world war. History was in the making when the King and Queen arrived at President Roosevelt's upstate New York home, with a promise of politics, a picnic and hot dogs. But the private life of the President provided a whole new dimension to an epochal moment, at least in the memory of his lover.

Older Daisy, a woman in her 90s.... Barbara Jefford

Daisy, her younger self.... Emma Fielding

Franklin Delano Roosevelt.... Tim Pigott-Smith

Missy, his secretary.... Nancy Crane

Eleanor, his wife.... Julia Swift

Mother, his mother.... Sylvia Syms

Tommy Qualters, his bodyguard.... John Chancer

Bertie.... Corin Redgrave

Elizabeth.... Kika Markham

Cameron.... Jamie Newall

Directed by Ned Chaillet.

A play by Richard Nelson, focusing on George VI's visit to the United States in 1939.