some of you may know, I love to write stories which are set during the Middle
Ages. However for my latest tale I’m trying something a little different. I’ve
jumped eras and landed in Victorian London. My story is set in a theatre and
the research has been more than interesting. So I thought I would share some of
it with you.
the Victorian period there was a growing demand for the theatre in both the
masses and the aristocracy. Improvements in transportation, in particular the
rail and omnibus services contributed to the rise in popularity of the theatre.
1860 and 1880, major remodelling was carried out on several of the existing
theatres, including The Globe, and many new theatres were constructed.
1899 London had 61 theatres – 38 in the West End and 23 in the nearby suburban
why am I writing about a theatre? I suppose it stems from my childhood. My
mother was a dancer and some of my
earliest memories are of The Princess Theatre in Melbourne (Australia). It was
built in 1886 and is a beautiful example of a Victorian period theatre. As a
child I remember backstage being like a rabbit warren; it was cool, dark, scary
and magical at the same time. The decorations were beautiful and sumptuous and
it felt as if I had entered an enchanted world. These images have always been
in the back of my mind, so I’ve taken them and woven a tale. Here's a picture of The Princess Theatre - Melbourne.
1884 and my story is set in the slightly shabby Imperial Theatre. It is about a
ballerina, Lisette Devoré and the three men who influence her life.
A Victorian ballerina
yearns for freedom, security and love. Three men offer her aspects of what she
desires, but only one holds her heart. Lord Evander Gainswith has a colourful
past – he has never fallen in love before. He wants a mistress. However, just
like in the ballet, Lisette wants a fairytale ending – she wants marriage. But
the sinister Lord De Vale, who is confidante and paramour to Lisette’s Aunt and
guardian, covets her. To survive Lisette discovers she needs more than a lover
– she may need a saviour.
always, thanks for your kind wishes and support.