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Merry Monarch meets subjects

The Merry Monarch, Charles II, is due in Crich on the evening of Saturday November 17.

He is the latest in a procession of royalty to visit the village that has included Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I.

Like the others, Charles will appear in authentic costume and will address his audience in a no-holds-barred, frank and occasionally bawdy one-man performance at The Glebe.

The part is acted by Dr. Gareth Williams (curator of early Medieval Coinage at the British Museum). Dr Williams is a member of the team of professional historians from Tutbury Castle who have been delighting audiences across the UK and abroad with after dinner speeches and dramatic presentations.

Charles will be regaling his audience with stories about his early defeats and hiding in an oak tree and his restoration as monarch when he is reputed to have brought glamour and merriment back to England after the dull puritan regime of Oliver Cromwell.

In fact, he will be appearing in a gorgeous costume insured for £8000! No doubt he will also confide in his audience some of the escapades of his luxurious and self-indulgent life which included eight official mistress and 16 illegitimate children as well as The Plague, the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys.

The performance is in aid of the CHIKS project which is a local charity aiming to build a small children’s home in Kenya for children who have lost their parents to AIDS.

His Majesty will no doubt be joining his audience in refreshments and answering their questions. Maybe he will even confer the honour upon the village of becoming ‘Crich Regis’.

The Merry Monarch is at The Glebe, Crich, at 7.30pm Saturday November 17.

Tickets are £10 from The Glebe Field Office on 01773 857894, Deirdre Offord 01773 853722 or The Treat Place in Crich Market Place.

Due to the sometimes bawdy content of the performance, this is NOT a suitable occasion for under 16s.

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