Escape into another
time and place: Into the
fantasy world of Charles Dickens' Victorian London.
The Mystery of James
Edwyn Wakefield, or Murder in the Wakefield Family premiered
at Salisbury House in 1999a meticulously restored manor house. William Shakespeare
actually performed under the rafters in the Great Hall.
Fills the Halls of Salisbury House
The Salisbury House
Mystery of James Edywn Wakefieldbrought the old-fashioned charm and grace of Victorian
England to Salisbury House for two evenings of intrigue on October
22 and 23.
Guests arrived at the South Garden entrance,
greeted by Victorian characters, to have their photographs taken
by a historic carriage provided as a courtesy by Living History
Farms. As the door of Salisbury House swung open, pests assumed
character roles and tried to solve the mysteries of a disputed
inheritance, jewel thieves, long-lost siblingsand in some cases, murder.
The evening included barefoot and tattered
street musicians in the Great Hall, a pub-style dinner provided
by Embassy Club and served in the Indian Room, costumed personalities,
intrigue, and an exciting cast party to reveal the secrets and
mysteries of the night.
Proceeds from The Mystery of James Edwyn
Wakefield will assist in the restoration and preservation
of Salisbury House as a full-time museum and cultural center.
as younger Charles Dickens
as mature Charles Dickens
Descriptions of Characters
Wakefield in Britain
Wakefield in Illinois
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