Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London at the King's Head


Hit of Lime Productions in association with The King’s Head Theatre will present Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London, a new drama written and performed by Alison Skilbeck at the King's Head pub Theatre in Islington, north London, from 14 April to 9 May 2015, with an official opening on 15 April 2015.

Coinciding with both the seventieth anniversary of the death of Franklin D Roosevelt on April 12 and the seventieth anniversary of VE Day on May 8, this drama explores the public, and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century.

"In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to war-time London, to visit US troops, and see how the British, most importantly the women, are coping. In her last days, as the Cuban Missile Crisis pushes the world to the brink of final catastrophe, Eleanor relives her journey, from bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace to midnight factories. She also recalls her life, from unhappy child, to unconventional wife, to becoming, in President Truman's words 'First Lady of the World'."

Alison Skilbeck's acting credits include spending five years with Alan Ayckbourn in Scarborough, where she created roles in many of his plays as well as touring Shakespeare all over the USA with 'Actors From The London Stage', playing Harold Pinter in Morocco, John Dryden in Spain, and Vaclav Havel in Hong Kong.

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London will be directed by Lucy Skilbeck. A series of after-show discussions will be hosted by Jonathan Steele throughout the run.

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