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.
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)
1998, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON
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The 2015 production by Ruby Slippers Theatre in Vancouver featured live piano accompaniment.