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  • An Evening with Author Alan Robert Clarke in conversation with Actor John Sessions

    Alan Robert Clark, author of The Prince Of Mirrors, the story of Prince Eddy, our most fascinating ‘lost’ king, in conversation with actor John Sessions

    Wednesday 21 November 2018 - Monday 15 October 2018
    19:00 - 22:00

    Duke Street Church

    Duke St
    Richmond
    TW9 1DH

    ARTS RICHMOND IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE RICHMOND  LITERATURE FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO PRESENT

    THE PRINCE OF MIRRORS

    Alan Robert Clark, author of The Prince Of Mirrors, the story of Prince Eddy, our most fascinating ‘lost’ king, in conversation with actor John Sessions.  

    Wednesday 21st November 7.30pm £12/£10

    At Duke Street Church Duke Street Richmond TW9 1DH

    Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, known to his family as Eddy, is now a half-forgotten figure in our history. The elder son of King Edward VII and grandson of Queen Victoria, Eddy was heir-but-one to the British throne at its glorious imperial zenith. Though handsome and good-hearted, he was regarded as a disaster waiting to happen; his private life tainted by rumours of dissipation, most notably in relation to the notorious Cleveland Street Scandal.  In this carefully-researched and haunting novel, Alan Robert Clark brings this ‘bad boy’ prince back to life with great sympathy and narrative skill - focusing on Eddy’s nurturing and life-changing relationship with his tutor, the charismatic but mentally unstable Jem Stephen, cousin of Virginia Woolf. Behind its splendid royal façade, The Prince Of Mirrors is a simple story about the selflessness of love and a moving portrait of the great-uncle of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Alan Robert Clark will be in conversation with the distinguished actor and comedian John Sessions, who plays the prime minister Lord John Russell (who lived in Pembroke Lodge) in the new series of ITV’s Victoria.

    Expect a riveting discussion about the king we never had, about attitudes to sexual diversity and mental health issues, both then and now, and about the impossible burdens we place on those destined to wear the crown.

    Tickets go on sale on Monday 1 October. Unless otherwise stated you can:

     

    • Book online at richmondliterature.com from 1 October.
    • Telephone 020 8831 6494 with your credit/ debit card ready. The box office is open from 1 October, Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm with a message service at other times.
    • Tickets are available from 1 October by cash, cheque or credit card from Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ, 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday.