Buxton International Festival

Charles Spencer

To Catch A King: Charles II's Great EscapeBuxton 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.

  • Duration: 1hr
  • Price: £12