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Sam & I | A Solo Play About Elizabeth Pepys

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Sam & I, the story of Elizabeth de St Michel who married the philandering, but genius diarist , Samuel Pepys.

Written and performed by Siobhán Nicholas

Directed by Chris Barnes

Designed by Lizzie Wyllie and Gus Munro


“A beautiful and sensitive portrayal… this gem of a show … this was storytelling of the highest order” Chichester Observer

“…humorous, bawdy, moving and fascinating” The Portsmouth News

“Passionate, ……remarkably contemporary” Sarah Jane Downing, Arts Issue Bath


Elizabeth De St Michel was an educated and intelligent woman, also an immigrant from France, who became - scandalously without a dowry - the wife of Samuel Pepys, Secretary to the Admiralty and Fellow of the Royal Society.

Fifteen figures of the Pepys circle, from the highest in the land to the most menial come to life as “ my wife” wrestles with the joys and trials of their household, the gossip of the Court, the horrors of the Great Plague, the flames of the Fire of London, and finally the betrayals of a serial adulterer - her husband. This is Elizabeth’s dark night of the soul (everywoman has them, from bag lady to queen).

This play was originally commissioned for the City of London’s Tercentenary Pepys Festival and this performance celebrates the 350th anniversary of “my wife”, the clever, loyal and witty muse who made her husband great.

Samuel Pepys– as clerk and secretary to the navy board was a regular visitor to Rotherhithe - walking along the river from London Bridge to the Royal Docks at Deptford.. In a 1664 diary entry, he records visiting Rotherhithe’s Cherry Gardens to buy cherries for Elizabeth.



Sam Pepys– as clerk and secretary to the navy board was a regular visitor to Rotherhithe - walking along the river from London Bridge to the Royal Docks at Deptford and the following lines about Rotherhithe are excerpts from his diary:

"The famous diarist Samuel Pepys was a frequent visitor to Rotherhithe which, in his diaries, he refers to as Redriff. He was usually on his way to the Royal Docks at Deptford but liked to watch Rotherhithe ships being launched and frequented the local public houses. One of his diary entries records that it was too dangerous to walk alone through the streets. In 1664 he records that he visited Rotherhithe’s Cherry Gardens to buy cherries for his wife. The Cherry Gardens doesn’t exist today, except in the form of a small public garden in Rotherhithe, which extends from Jamaica Road. It was a popular place for Londoners to visit during the first half of the seventeenth century. But by 1665 he was too afraid to venture into Rotherhithe because of the dangers of the plague."



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