The production, which stars Anna Chancellor alongside Olivier Award winner Sheila Hancock, Angela Thorne, John Heffernan, Jasmina Daniel, Conrad Asquith and Helen Bradbury, opens at the Hampstead on 26 October (previews from 20 October) where it runs until 26 November 2011.
An American divorcee who became the Duchess of Windsor after marrying and necessitating the abdication of Edward VIII, Blackwood was originally commissioned to write an article about Wallace Simpson, who died in 1986, for the Sunday Times in 1980.
The Last of the Duchess focuses on her attempts to organise interviews, while being obstructed by the Duchess’ lawyer Maitre Suzanne Blum (Hancock), who Blackwood (Chancellor) accused of essentially imprisoning the royal in her villa in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne.
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