Watch the latest Curtain Up! show ‘Cavalier: The Life and Loves of a Royalist Duke’ by Lucy Worsley

Dec 14, 2021
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Lucy Worsley - Hay Festival. Photograph by Paul Musso

Clive Conway Productions and Iconic Media Solutions are proud to present the latest Curtain Up! show ‘Cavalier: The Life and Loves of a Royalist Duke’ by Lucy Worsley.

Lucy Worsley will take you on an illustrated seventeenth-century romp through the life of William Cavendish, first Duke of Newcastle, 1593-1676, grandson of the celebrated Bess of Hardwick, and a lover of horses, women and architecture. The ultimate, romantic and doomed ‘Cavalier’, William had a roller-coaster life: entertaining King Charles I at Bolsover Castle and commissioning some of the seventeenth century’s quirkiest and sexiest British art before riding unsuccessfully into battle in the Civil Wars.  

After a lonely exile in Antwerp, he finally returned to England in the company of his second wife Margaret Cavendish, the feminist writer who invented science fiction.  The political tumults of William’s lifetime unfolded against a backdrop of marvellous architecture, especially Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire where where he built a special ‘riding house’ used for teaching his horses how to dance, and where Lucy began her own career as a curator.

The show dates are:

- Saturday, 18 December 2021 at 18:00

- Monday, 27 December 2021 at 18:00

- Saturday, 8 January 2022 at 18:00

VIP tickets include a signed copy of 'Cavalier: The Story of a Seventeenth Century Playboy'.

If you would like to access the show, you can buy your tickets here: 

Upon booking your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions of how to access the performance on your chosen date. You will be able to access the performance for seven days post broadcast via our on demand service.