Disraeli Prod Shot

Disraeli - Queen Victoria's Favourite Prime Minister

Live at
Norman Bragg Studio, Aylesbury
Wed 2 Nov 2022
  Tickets available from £17.60
with no transaction fees
Play
1 hour 30 minutes
incl. interval
“We are all dreadfully disgusted at the prospect of a Jew for our Prime Minister.” So, declared Lady Palmerston when Benjamin Disraeli was given the keys to No.10 Downing Street.

Norman Bragg Studio, Aylesbury

Wed 2 Nov 2022
Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG
1 hour 30 minutes incl. interval
Wed at 14:00
For group bookings of 10 or more:

This one man play written and performed by Jeff Rozelaar is divided into two 35 minute acts with an interval. The play traces Disraeli's life from his birth to his death.  The link with Buckinghamshire is of great relevance.  He stood unsuccessfully for High Wycombe, but eventually became MP for the County.  He purchased Hughenden Manor, now run by the National Trust, which attracts many thousands of visitors from all over the country. 

Production shot

The play examines his Jewish background, his education and his  "gatecrashing" of the " British Establishment” as a young playwright , man of fashion, raconteur and world traveller, and depicts his rise " to the top of the greasypole" when he became Prime Minister. The narrative then deals with the titanic clash with William Gladstone, Leader of the Liberal party, which absorbed British politics for two decades.  His close relationship with Queen Victoria also comes under scrutiny. 

Although the play is serious and of interest to people fascinated by History and Politics it does have moments of humour , even comedy.

Previous audiences have found it not only instructive but entertaining.  One member of one such audience was one of the country’s leading historians, Andrew Roberts, who wrote the following "It really was excellently done."

At a further performance the following was written.

“We have just had the most amazing one-man show at the Synagogue .

Entitled "Disraeli - Queen Victoria's Favourite Prime Minister" it is both a superb script and is delivered wonderfully.

It held the live audience's rapt attention and was widely seen as one of the best performances we have ever had.”

This performance is part of the Buckinghamshire History Festival 2022.

Norman Bragg Studio, Aylesbury

Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG
Aylesbury Station
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Norman Bragg Studio hosts a programme of intimate productions and events throughout the year including a monthly Comedy Club, regular screenings, Bring Your Own Baby Comedy and small scale shows and live music gigs. The Studio is easily accessible with a bar selling a range of light refreshments and facilities available within easy reach.

One of the venue’s hireable spaces, the Norman Bragg Studio is licensed for wedding ceremonies and ideal for accommodating conferences, exhibitions, dinners and private events.

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Norman Bragg Studio, Aylesbury

Wed 2 Nov 2022
Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG
1 hour 30 minutes incl. interval
Wed at 14:00
For group bookings of 10 or more: