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Victorian Women In Bed

A series of plays by Janet Goddard performed in person at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

‘What is a bed for but to die in?’ asks angry, dead Emily Bronte.

We snuggle down to participate in bed adventures with five bold women who decimate convention to be themselves. We question Emily’s analysis and love our bedbound women and the lives they reveal.

The Young Queen Victoria, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Bronte, Florence Nightingale and Emma Hardy, with the help of family and acquaintances, show themselves to us through their bed tales.

Join us for a pre-Christmas treat to discover what has drawn our women to their beds and share their secrets …

For further information please visit victorian-women.com

Evening performances 7-9pm (2nd and 3rd Dec) and matinee performance (3rd Dec only) 2.30-4.30pm. Please note doors open from 6.15pm for the evening performances and 1.45pm for the matinee. The tearoom will be open for drinks and light refreshments before the show and during the interval. Access is limited to the tearoom and Drawing Room only – the rest of the house will not be open for viewing.

Well written, witty and full of historic references that come alive due to the exactness of language and the very good acting.’ Audience member

Tickets £12.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is run by Manchester Historic Buildings Trust (charity no. 1080606) and all money gained through private tours, talks, room hire and ticket sales goes towards the ongoing maintenance and running costs of the house. If you would like to support the house with an additional donation you can do so via this link.


2021
2nd December
3rd December

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.