Story of the first Englishwoman to fly recounted at Georgian Theatre

Booklovers are set for an author talk with a difference – as Richmond’s 18th-century theatre hosts the true story of a real Georgian actress.

Fly Me! Mrs Sage & The Mile High Club on Tuesday 19 September reveals the forgotten story of the first Englishwoman to fly.

West End actress Letitia Sage brought va-va-voom to the balloon when she set out to make history – but with more unexpected twists than a hit farce, a Georgian playwright could not have given the Mrs Sage balloon show of 1785 a better plot.

Did the daredevil diva really start the Mile High Club in the very same decade as the Georgian Theatre Royal was built? Discover the truth about this saucy mystery from history as part of Richmond Walking and Book Festival.

“Where better to enjoy the sensational true story of feisty, fearless 18th-century actress Letitia Sage than The Georgian Theatre Royal?” said Sharon Wright, who wrote the show based on research for her book The Lost History of The Lady Aeronauts.

“Letitia showed immense courage when she made history, but a naughty aeronautical legend has overshadowed her achievement for more than 200 years. Finally, we can reveal the truth about what really happened on that pioneering flight.”

Actress Abigail Halley, who plays the pioneering Letitia Sage, added: “It’s high time the true story of the fabulous Mrs Sage was told! Even though it is a bit rude, to be honest.”

Sharon and Abigail formed Storm In A Teacup Theatre to present entertaining stories from lost women’s history.

The Georgian Theatre Royal is hosting two other Walking and Book Festival events.

The sold-out Dressmakers of Auschwitz on Monday 18 September and Sir Nick Young speaking about his years with the British Red Cross on Saturday 23 September.

Sir Nick Young’s memoir is a candid account of his 13 successful years as chief executive of the British Red Cross (2001-2014).

During this critical period he played a key role in the humanitarian response to some of the 21st century’s most dramatic and dangerous events, including the Iraq War, the Asian Tsunami and the London bombings.

Tickets form all Theatre events can be obtained on www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01748 825252.