Lady Anna – All At Sea

19 AUG – 19 SEP 2015

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Anthony Trollope’s birth, The Production Exchange and Oliver Taheri Productions in association with The Trollope Society present:

Lady Anna – All At Sea
A new play by Craig Baxter,
Inspired by the work of Anthony Trollope
directed by Colin Blumenau, designed by Libby Watson
at the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, London.

Anthony Trollope finds himself in uncharted waters as he pens the very Victorian scandal Lady Anna…

…It’s 1871, and celebrated novelist Anthony Trollope is Australia-bound aboard the steamship Great Britain. Accompanied by his wife Rose and her maid Isabella, Trollope passes the time by writing his latest tale, Lady Anna. The story, full of intrigue, rebellion and social politics, proves divisive among his fellow passengers – and it’s not long before fact and fiction overlap in a dramatic and witty fashion.  Is Trollope himself a surprising radical pitted against the status quo – or are his characters to blame for the controversy?

This abundantly British business involves a disputed title, fraud, bigamy, a legal case, madness and even attempted murder. An extraordinary set of circumstances finds both Lady Anna and Trollope facing some very difficult questions indeed – but will they follow their hearts and risk being disgraced?

Lady Anna: All at Sea was commissioned by the Trollope Society as part of the Trollope Bicentennial Celebrations.  Celebrated novelist and family member Joanna Trollope said, “This year is the bi-centenary of Anthony Trollope’s birth, so what could celebrate it better than a play inspired by his novel about one of the great themes of our own times – that of defying convention and convenience to follow one’s heart. Even the title of this play – “Lady Anna at Sea” – is apt, since Trollope WAS at sea when he wrote it, on his way to Australia. If he were still alive, he’d be thrilled, and as eager to see the play as I am….” – See more here.

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