Review: Lucy Worsley at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre

Historian, author and television presenter Lucy Worsley
Historian, author and television presenter Lucy Worsley

Historian, author and television presenter Lucy Worsley took a packed house on a journey back in time to the Georgian Court on Saturday.

Her talk, at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre, offered an insight into the earlier years of the Hanoverians, beginning with King George I. Much of it focused the person she described as her favourite queen – Caroline of Ansbach, who married George, Prince of Wales, who later became King George II.

The talk also touched on the fashions of the era – the buildings, clothing, parties and art – and on some of the people who made life at court so colourful. Among them was ‘Peter the Wild Boy’, who was found in 1725 living in woods in Hanover having lived an entirely feral existance, and who was brought to England the following year by order of Caroline.

But the talk was only half of the evening. After the interval, the floor was opened up to the audience to ask questions on any subject they liked – and many did, with the host fielding questions on topics like how she got her first job, which era she would most like to travel back to and how she found the transition from writing non-fiction books to fiction.

There is no doubt that Lucy Worsley, by day chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, knows her stuff. But she shared her boundless knowledge with an infectious enthusiasm, and her talk was pitched at just the right level – entertaining without being patronising to those with an understanding of the Georgian era, and hugely informative without being inaccessible to newcomers to the era.

This successful talk followed her previous visit to Worthing in 2015. If she returns – and let’s hope she does – people would be wise to book early. A thoroughly enjoyable evening out.

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