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Beauty Of Buttermere Or A Maid Betrayed, The
Based on a true story, the play tells of Mary Robinson, a late eighteenth century teenager, who helped her parents run the Fish Inn in Buttermere, Cumberland. She was 'discovered' by a travel writer, Joseph Budworth, who eulogised her beauty in magazines aimed at the growing number of people who liked to travel the length and breadth of england searching for pre-industrial rural edens. as a result of Budworth's articles, Mary's fame grew and many celebrities, including Wordsworth and Coleridge, travelled to Buttermere to gaze at her. eventually, John Hadfield , a con-man from Cheshire posing as an aristocrat, visited Buttermere, courted Mary and married her. Coleridge was suspicious and wrote scathingly of the marriage in a national newspaper. Hadfield was arrested and hanged for imposture and fraud at Carlisle. the story became a favourite subject for nineteenth century meloDramas. This play uses the story to parody the Victorian MeloDrama and to satirise certain aspects of the english Romanticism.
Performed by professional And Amateur groups All over the world And Arizona State University's entry for A national Drama competition in 1985
Carnegie Theatre, Workington, Cumbria 1977
Workington Grammar School Dramatic Society
Heinemann, London, 1979 -
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