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On from 20 Mar 2012 till 29 Mar 2012
All Around Town
by Dianne Cutlack
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

Tickets: £25.00


Artemis Productions and Strawberry Hill Trust present
The Sign of the Strawberry
By Dianne Cutlack
Directed by Christina Artemis

A promenade play at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
March 20-29, 2012

Features of The Sign of the Strawberry:
 this promenade play takes the audience on a unique journey through Strawberry Hill’s immaculately restored rooms;
 a parody of all things Gothic, the play has been written specifically for Strawberry Hill and features Horace Walpole in a leading role. His dialogue is based upon letters written by Walpole to his many life-long correspondents;
 the play culminates in a Ghosts’ Ball in the magnificent Gallery of Strawberry Hill. The Ball features original music by Nick Pratelli and choreography by Ijy de Luca, assistant choreographer on Strictly Come Dancing;
 Artemis Productions, an innovative theatre company formed by Christina Artemis in 2004 and based in Bournemouth, supports new writing and provides a platform to develop and produce new work
 Dianne Cutlack’s first play, The All-Seeing Eye, won a New Writers Festival at the Orange Tree Theatre in 2007;
 a Gala Night performance of The Sign of the Strawberry on 26 March will raise money for Strawberry Hill’s continuing restoration projects;
 spend an evening in one of London’s finest historical properties.

The youngest son of Robert Walpole, England’s first Prime Minster, Horace Walpole (1717-1797) was a politician, man of letters, art historian, author, publisher and collector. His only novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764), began the Gothic literary tradition which inspired such works as Frankenstein, Dracula and Jane Austen’s parody Northanger Abbey. Following his purchase in 1749 of Chopp’d Straw Hall, a cottage on the banks of the Thames in fashionable Twickenham, Walpole set about transforming it into a “little Gothic castle” with turrets, battlements and towers. Thus transformed, Strawberry Hill inspired a new fashion for the Gothic in architecture, and became a tourist attraction in Walpole’s lifetime. In recent years, the house was rescued from dereliction by The Strawberry Hill Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Following an £8.9m restoration project, it opened to the public in 2010.

Evening performances at 7pm, afternoon matinee Saturday 24 March at 1 pm.
Tickets from £25 at telephone 020 8744 1241.
For further information, contact Nicholas Smith at

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