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An Evening of Pen Portrait Performance

Come and meet members of the Gaskell family and their illustrious friends here at the House in this evening of epistolary entertainment.

We’re hosting a rather lovely spring evening’s performance of all four of our much-loved House monologues, featuring members of the Gaskells’ immediate circle – Elizabeth herself, William, Margaret and Charlotte Brontë – as they discuss their own portraits in the House in the form of imaginary letters.

The informative ten-minute monologues, by writer and House volunteer Philip Watts, are being performed for the first time as a full set by our wonderful volunteers. You’ll enjoy a promenade performance through the beautiful period rooms of the House, stopping by each portrait as its subject comes to life to talk about life, love and literature. So join us for a glass of wine and a peek into the imaginary inner life of the House and its occupants!


Tickets are £10, including a glass of wine



29th Apr 2020

5pm - 6pm


We've got a house...it certainly is a beauty...I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.’

Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.