Beau Brummell An Elegant Madness
This black comedy by Emmy award-winning Ron Hutchinson casts light on the patron saint of dandies – Beau Brummell (1778 – 1840). Not seen in London for 15 years, the script has been updated by Hutchinson to refresh and reinvigorate the text which seems even more resonant in today’s celebrity obsessed world. Beau Brummell was the original ‘celebrity’ but is largely forgotten now. He revolutionised fashion, style and attitude in the early 19th Century and Jermyn Street, Bond Street and Savile Row exist largely because of his patronage of London’s tailors. His legacy is celebrated in his statue on Jermyn Street.
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It is the winter of 1819. The most stylish man of his day lives in exile in a madhouse in Calais. The mind of George Bryan Brummell, known as The Beau, revels in past glories when he dominated the worlds of fashion, wit and dress. He is convinced that his old friend and patron the Prince of Wales (now King George IV) will visit him and restore his position in society. Today, the King is coming to Calais! Beau's valet, however, fired by revolutionary zeal, has other plans for the British monarch...