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Buxton International Festival

Charles Spencer

To Catch A King: Charles II's Great Escape, 10:30am Buxton Opera Housebutton--dates-and-timesDates & Times

Monarch on the run

Few English kings have witnessed their death being celebrated by happy villagers, but few have been a fugitive with a price on their head – or the son of a king who lost his head. The story of Charles II’s flight after the battle of Worcester with absurd disguises, wild chases and hair’s-breadth escapes reads like an historical thriller but it’s a true story, first recorded by Samuel Pepys and now vividly retold by Charles Spencer, perhaps best known as Princess Diana’s brother and himself a descendant of that royal fugitive.

Dates & Times

  • Duration: 1hr
  • Price: £12