While originally conceived by the Duke of Buckingham as a retreat for his scandalous affair with Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury, in more recent times it was the Astors who packed Cliveden with famous and influential guests such as Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, Henry Ford, George Bernard Shaw and Charlie Chaplin, alongside, of course, the politician John Profumo. Profumo, the husband of actress Valerie Hobson and Secretary of State for War, visited Cliveden in 1961. By chance he met Christine Keeler, the mistress of a suspected Russian spy, by Cliveden’s swimming pool. The resulting affair brought down a government and changed the course of British politics. This fascinating story is now told from the point of view of Profumo’s wife, Valerie Hobson.
Liz Robertson, internationally acclaimed and award-nominated for My Fair Lady (written and directed by her late husband Alan Jay Lerner), The King and I and Love Never Dies, stars in this riveting look at the aftermath of the Profumo scandal from the wife’s perspective.
Enjoy a Champagne reception before an intimate performance of Valerie Hobson in the Great Hall, the evening concludes with a three course dinner including wines and coffee and bonbons.
Dress Code: Smart Casual