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Susannah Cibber at Handel House
13 May 2014 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Susannah Cibber was one of the most celebrated — and became the highest paid — dramatic actresses of the 18th century London Stage. She was also tabloid fodder as her suggestive private life led to a scandalous adultery trial forcing Cibber to flee to Dublin. There she was cast by Handel in the Messiah singing the aria He was despised to great acclaim. So moved by her performance, a well-known cleric proclaimed “Woman for this be all thy sins forgiven thee.” She returned to London and a glorious career. Luke Holmes, researcher and writer at the Handel Museum, will guide us through this exhibition celebrating the dramatic and moving life story of Susannah Cibber on the tercentenary of her birth. Cost: £10 Patrons and Friends; £15 guests. RSVP to RSVP@UKFriendsofNMWA.org Image credit: ‘© The Handel House Trust Ltd’