Meet and Greet our new Advisory Board member, James Fitzmaurice, who will be hosting a Meet and Greet with the Director of the Margaret Cavendish’s "The Unnatural Tragedy" at the White Bear in Kennington.
The play’s director, Graham Watts, is an old friend of Jim’s and will meet for drinks with US Alumni Club members after the matinee performance to chat about how one stages the first ever commercial run of a tragedy by a major English woman playwright. Graham’s cast also will be present for drinks.
The Unnatural Tragedy was printed in 1662 but not performed. Samuel Pepys, Charles Lamb, and Virginia Woolf all read Cavendish’s plays and recently her comedies have been performed by university students. The staging of The Unnatural Tragedy at the White Bear will be the first ever paid, professional performance of a play by a woman who has been characterized by some biographers as an eccentric duchess and even “Mad Madge of Newcastle.”
Jim, who retired from NAU in 2008, became Director of Distance Learning in English at the University of Sheffield but retired from that post in 2014. His comedy, Margaret Cavendish, Virginia Woolf, and the Cypriot Goddess Natura was performed at the CVAR Museum in Nicosia in April of 2018. He continues to write plays and occasionally teaches summer classes on the literature of the English country house for Chinese students under the aegis of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield.
Tickets may be purchased through the link below. Contact Jim with any questions at
Photos: The White Bear Theatre and rehearsal stills.