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WORLD PREMIER PERFORMANCE  The Maid of the Oaks - Honeywood, 17th May 2007

Pictures from The Maid of the Oaks during it's World Premier performance at Honeywood on 17th May 2007. Written by Peter Davalle and presented by Peter and Joan Davalle for the Friends of the Heritage Centre, the work was hugely enjoyed by a capacity audience.

The Maid of the Oaks double bill is an evocation, in words and music, with a cast of 7 performers, of an 18th century spectacle based on documentary evidence and eye- witness reports.

Part 1 tells the story of the 1774 Fête Champêtre in Oaks Park held to mark the betrothal of Lord Stanley, owner of The Oaks, and Lady Betty Hamilton, a relative of Lord Hamilton whose wife was the mistress of Lord Nelson.

In part 2 the action moves to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane where, the following year, the musical comedy “The Maid of the Oaks” by General Burgoyne, was performed for the first time in public.

Compere Mike Bale, Chairman of
The Friends of Honeywood Museum

The performance in progress The cast stand to take well-deserved applause at the end of the performance

In front of a 'sell-out', and hugely appreciative, audience are the cast (left to right):
Peter and Joan Davalle, John Priest, Paul and Shirley Williams, and John and Sue Horne

All images and text on this page are Copyright © David Archer / The Friends of Honeywood Museum 2012

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