Press for Autumn 2016 tour

Fantastic 5 star review in The Argus for Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London in Brighton:

A lovely preview piece for Neston in The Chester Chronicle:

Great preview piece for Goostrey in The Crewe Chronicle:


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Mrs Roosevelt continues her tour of Britain

Tickets for Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London autumn tour dates now available.

7.30pm 19-20 October, Rialto Theatre, Brighton

7.30pm 28 October, Neston Town Hall, Cheshire
7.30pm 29 October, Tarvin Community Centre, Cheshire
8.00pm 18 November, Goostrey Village Hall |

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Publicity photo-call with Lord Provost of Edinburgh

In November 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt paid a fleeting visit to Edinburgh as part of her tour of Britain during the Second World War. In her popular ‘My Day’ column, she records how she visited some of the city’s landmarks, including the Castle and St Giles’ Cathedral before taking tea with the Lord Provost, Sir William Young Darling, in the Council Chambers.

Exactly 73 years and 9 months later, on the 16th of August 2016, the Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London Company recreated this little episode in some style; dressing writer and performer Alison Skilbeck up in full Mrs Roosevelt regalia before heading over to the City Chambers. Here she was very cordially received by the incumbent Lord Provost, the Right Honourable Donald Wilson, who was kind enough to provide tea for his guest (and her very grateful extended team) while donning his ceremonial robes on what was a considerably hotter afternoon than the wartime winter of yesteryear.

In front of the fireplace

All manner of interesting connections emerged as Alison and he stood dressed up before the fireplace, possibly in the very same room graced by Eleanor herself. The Lord Provost, who places great value on the cultural heritage of the City Chambers, brought out some exquisite teacups, each worth around £300, which were part of a tea service that would almost certainly have been laid on for such an eminent visitor as the American President’s wife. Conversation turned to the Second World War, and the Lord Provost explained how his father had cooked for Stalin and Churchill as a serviceman during the war. Another surprising link with the past.

a cup of tea with the lord provost

The Lord Provost was kind enough to offer an extensive tour of the revamped buildings, where the costumed Mrs Roosevelt was the perfect inquisitive guest, asking questions about Scottish history, architecture, and female representation on the city council. They ended up in the Nelson Mandela Room, posing under the serene gaze of a figure who Eleanor – champion for peace and civil rights – would have seen as an exemplary human being.

The Nelson Mandela Room

Blog written by: Oliver Collard, Marketing and Publicity Assistant.

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Mrs Roosevelt Edinburgh Fringe Reviews


With 8 sold out performances in a row, Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London is a hit of the Edinburgh Fringe with audiences. Critics have been in to see the show too. Please follow the links for the reviews published so far:

Festival Review – Outstanding

Broadway Baby – 4*

The Stage –

Fest Magazine –



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First Edinburgh review out – “completely captivating”

Fringe Review has rated Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London an Outstanding Show at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, and describes it as “completely captivating”.

Please see the full review here:




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Mrs Roosevelt taking Edinburgh by storm

The Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London company have settled in at Assembly Hall with a very successful first week of performances, including two sold out shows on Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are selling very well this week, and we anticipate further performances to sell out.

The company is thrilled by the shows reception and are continuing to work hard.


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Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London full Edinburgh Fringe programme to download

If you enjoyed the performance of Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London at Assembly and would like more information about the production team that created the show, please download the full programme here:

Mrs Roosevelt full Edinburgh programme 2016 to download

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