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Crown Matrimonial

Crown Matrimonial
Written by Royce Ryton
Directed by
1 – 6 December 2003

The Royal Family formed the focus of this powerful piece about the abdication of Edward VIII. The fascinating story of Edward VIII’s abdication. Set in Marlborough house between 1936 and 1945, this powerful play focuses on the private family drama of Edward VIII and the Royal Family leading up to the abdication. An engrossing and moving study of both a major constitutional crisis and an overwhelming issue of private and public conflict.


Mabell, Countess of Airlie – Pauline Ellard
Queen Mary – Jean Franks
The Hon. Margaret Wyndham – Annette Marchant
Page – Ian Giles
King Edward VIII (David) – Eric Whiting
Princess Royal (Mary) – Emma Stewart
Duchess of Gloucester (Alice) – Samantha Langford
Mr Monckton K.C. – Phil Pearce
Duke of York (Bertie) – Peter Vale
Duchess of York (Elizabeth) – Judith Brace


Stage Manager – Graham Peters
Assistant Stage Manager – Carol Butler
Set Builders – Graham Peters, Roger Butler and friends
Sound – Keith Jarman
Lights – Pam and Alan Hunt, John Hart
Properties – Pat Vale
Costumes – Carole Bramall, Marjorie Sawyer
Wigs – Christine Angell