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On Monday 23 June, we will be making a very special presentation at Knole House in Kent! 

Although in the public playhouses of Shakespeare’s time female roles were played by boys, awareness is growing of the participation of women themselves in early modern drama. Much of this took place at great country houses like Knole, home of Lady Anne Clifford. Come and hear us explore Clifford’s connection with Samuel Daniel’s Tragedie of Cleopatra, while actors recreate scenes from the play.

Knole is one of the country’s most precious and exceptional historic houses, containing world class collections of royal furniture, silver, paintings and tapestries. It was built by the Archbishops of Canterbury in the fifteenth century, gifted to Henry VIII and remodelled in the seventeenth century by the Sackville family. Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676), one of the most remarkable women of the English Renaissance, lived here as a young wife. The house, set in a medieval deer park, has inspired writers, artists and visitors for centuries. Knole was the birthplace and childhood home of Vita Sackville-West, who went on to create the gardens at Sissinghurst. Knole was also the setting for Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando

Booking details are:  Women in Renaissance Drama: Lady Anne Clifford and Cleopatra at Knole.Talk and Performance, Monday 23 June, 7-8.30pm Adult £10, concessions £8. Book on: 01732 450 175 or at http://www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk/whats-on/23-Jun-2014/

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