Performances

The Ballad of Lady Bessy

This new play is a very different perspective on some of the characters of Shakespeare’s Richard III and the 2013 BBC drama The White Queen. The central character Bessy is Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV and the wife of Henry VII. History sees her as a dynastic pawn who accepted her role with meekness, but there is one source that paints a very different picture – The Ballad of Lady Bessy. In this ballad, Bessy is an intelligent, resourceful and ambitious young woman who plays a significant role in Henry Tudor’s seizure of the crown. The play reflects on the role of women in the turbulent world of usurpation, Princes in the Tower, and the establishment of the Tudor dynasty, and the effect that such events have on their personal relationships.

This performance will be in the Douglas Ford Studio

LADY BESSY IN HISTORY – A DISCUSSION WITH THE WRITER 
6:45pm on Saturday 18th November
David Fletcher will lead a discussion about the play and its historical setting in the Loft Studio at 6:45pm between the two performances on Saturday 18th November. Admission is free and tickets can be booked through the box office.