22nd Jul, 2019

A royal feud unfurls in Hervey at Leamington's Loft Theatre

Ian Hughes 14th Feb, 2019

A ROYAL feud is being staged in one man show Hervey at Leamington’s Loft Theatre.

It tells the story of the feud between King George II and his son Frederick Prince of Wales. The Hanoverian royals were notorious for their inability to get on with one another, but in 1737 their squabbling reached new heights.

Prince Frederick, determined his wife should not give birth beneath his parents’ roof, smuggled the poor woman – shrieking, fainting, her waters already broken – out of Hampton Court and back to a deserted St James’s Palace, where she was finally allowed to finish the job between two tablecloths borrowed from the house next door.

It lead to the Prince being banished from court, his father racked by a mid-life crisis, and his mother – the vivacious Queen Caroline – die of mortification.

Hervey is based on the memoirs of the King and Queen’s Vice-Chamberlain, Lord Hervey of Ickworth, a waspish and witty aristocrat desperate to make his mark as a statesman but ending up as nothing better than their Majesties’ drudge.

Andrew Waxkirsh performs Hervey at the Loft on Sunday March 10, from 7.30pm.

Visit www.lofttheatrecompany.com for tickets.

 

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