Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

Date / time: 1 November, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

A timely reflection on the politics of the Second World War, Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London follows Eleanor Roosevelt’s, wife of the President, trip to wartime London in October 1942, to visit US troops and to see how the British women are coping.

Nominated for a Best Female Performance Offie Award for her performance, and granted special permission from the Roosevelt Estate to use Eleanor’s writings, Alison Skilbeck’s one-woman show explores the public and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century.“affectionately brings to life her eccentric but hugely impressive subject. Skilbeck also portrays an array of English VIPs from the Queen Mother to Winston Churchill in a series of humorous, and sometimes poignant encounters.” – The Stage

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London had a near sold out 2016 tour and Edinburgh Fringe run at Assembly.After the performance, Alison Skilbeck will be in conversation with Professor Jo Fox, Director of the Institute of Historical Research, reflecting on the challenges of capturing historical figures on stage and of representing the past through performance.

Doors: 18:00

Performance: 18:30

Tickets: Standard rate: £7.50 / Student: £5.00

Travel bursaries

A small number of travel bursaries are available for Masters Students, PhD researchers and ECRs to help with travel expenses*, allowing you to visit the IHR Library and other archives prior to the performance.

In order to apply please submit the following details to Gemma Dormer in the IHR Events and Operations office ( by Monday 28 October 2019.

  • Name
  • Institution
  • Level of study/stage of career
  • Reasons for applying (250 words max)

Approximate cost of travel*Bursaries will be awarded on a first come first serve basis and priority will be give to those living outside London.This event is supported by the BAAS / US Embassy Small Grants Programme

Location: RADA, The Studio Theatre, 16 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7EX