The Duchess aka Wallis Simpson

Written by:

Linda Griffiths

Cast Size:
29

Roles For:

  • Men: 18
  • Women: 11

Genre:

Drama
Musical/Opera

Themes:

20th Century
England
Royalty

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

1997

Synopsis:

The Duchess aka Wallis Simpson enters the audacious world of Wallis Simpson—from the filth of Shanghai brothels to the regal splendor of Buckingham Palace—shedding light on the infamous woman for whom King Edward VIII would eventually abdicate his throne. In this adult Alice in Wonderland, Wallis’s personified jewels, her Royal Court chorus, and the royal family themselves dance us through the personal, the political, and the fabulist, giving us a glimpse at the life of the controversial woman who diverted the course of the twentieth century.

Characters:

WALLIS SIMPSON

THE SOCIETY CHORUS

NOËL COWARD / MAKI / COURTIER / DOCTOR

THE PRINCE / EMERALD / EDWARD, PRINCE OF WALES (future Edward VIII) / CHEVY JONES

THE DEBUTANTE / PATTI / LADY ELIZABETH (future Queen Mother)

LORD FALDERAL / DIAMOND / FELIPE ESPIL / KING GEORGE V / ARCHBISHOP / ADOLF HITLER

LADY COLEFAX / SAPPHIRE / SHOKO / QUEEN MARY

COUNT VON RIBBENTROP / BOMBAY RUBY / WIN SPENCER / COUNT CIANO / ERNEST SIMPSON / BERTIE (future George VI)

First Produced:

1998, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON

Resources:

The Duchess aka Wallis Simpson is available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

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Notes:

The 2015 production by Ruby Slippers Theatre in Vancouver featured live piano accompaniment.