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A Victorian “Me Too” Story? “Scandal at The Star”
February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£2
Let esteemed local historian, Kate Hartland-Westwood take you back to a Victorian tale with very modern connections.
The Star Theatre, in Bilston Street, Wolverhampton was a well-known and popular venue which attracted large audiences in the pre-cinema era. The Star specialised in gory Victorian melodramas and not for nothing was it nick-named “The Blood Tub”!
In 1895, however, The Star was to play back-drop to a true story that rivalled many of the lurid dramas that had been acted out across its stage. On 28 November that year, The Star’s well-respected proprietor, Mr Henry Colin Hazlewood, took centre-stage at the Wolverhampton Borough Sessions: accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls at the theatre.
What exactly did the girls allege?
What did his missus think?
Was Henry guilty, or was he innocent?
You will have to come along to Kate’s talk to find out! Can you bear to wait?
Members enter free, guest ticket price £2.