That Most Gracious and Noble Lady
- April 30, 2014 3:21 pm
Date(s) - 20/07/2014
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
To mark the centenary of the Great War, Harrogate’s most-famous acting dynasty return to perform one of Harrogate’s most extraordinary stories.
Distinguished actors, husband and wife Edward Fox OBE and Joanna David, recount the poignant war-time achievements of “that most gracious and noble lady” – The Grand Duchess.
The Grand Duchess George of Russia was the pinnacle of European royalty. The aunt of Prince Philip, daughter of the King of Greece, grand-daughter of the King of Denmark, she married the Grand Duke George Mikhailovich in 1900 becoming a member of the Russian Imperial family.
Before she could return to Russia in August 1914, the Grand Duchess came to Harrogate to collect her two daughters. The Great War broke out. Just days later, she established a hospital in Harrogate for wounded servicemen. She went on to work tirelessly to establish further military hospitals.
Researched and written by Harrogate historian Malcolm Neesam, her moving humanitarian plight is told in this poignant and occasionally amusing performance, drawing on diaries and letters – some of which will be read in public for the first time, thanks to special permission from the Royal Archives.