An Evening With Lady Montagu

An Evening With Lady Montagu

‘An Evening With Lady Montagu’ by Duncan Hopper is a play is in two acts, with an interval of 20 minutes.

The play takes place in Lady Mary Montagu’s town house in Tunbridge Wells in 1762.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was born in London in 1689 to Evelyn Pierrepont , Earl of Kingston and his wife, Lady Mary Fielding. In 1712. Against her father’s wishes, she married Lord Edward Wortley Montagu.

In 1718 when he was appointed ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, she travelled with him and their children to Constantinople. Her correspondence from the Turkish capital are some of the most striking and interesting letters of the eighteenth century and give a vivid impression of the life and culture of the city.

The couple eventually became estranged, and her husband returned with their children to England. Lady Mary then met and fell in love with Count Algarotti when living in Venice, and later moved to Lovere in Northern Italy in 1739. She returned to England in 1762 and died in August of that year.

One of the great letter writers of the eighteenth century, ranking with Johnson and Cowper, Lady Mary has other claims to importance and distinction. She wrote poetry and corresponded with Alexander Pope. As well as being a famous traveller and expatriate, she was an early feminist and an observer of medical treatments for smallpox. She was concerned with women’s education and marriage, and was a writer who expressed her views in a wide range of literary forms.

The play takes the form of a soirée given by Lady Montagu in which she looks back over her life and loves. It makes use of the actual letters she wrote and includes music by contemporary eighteenth century composers.

“An impressive achievement and a wonderful evenings entertainment.” Vera Brozzoni.International Theatre and Film critic.

Trinity Theatre

Address: Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1JP

Performances: Friday 6th & Saturday 7th April 2018

Evening performances at 7.45 pm / Saturday Matinee performance at 2.45 pm

Prices: £16 matinee / £18 evening

Box Office: 01892 678 678

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