This summer, we’re celebrating the scandalous backstories that played out among the party guests at Polesden, while Mrs Greville remained the soul of discretion. We’ll also commemorating 200 years since the death of ‘School for Scandal’ playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Discover a programme of events packed with scintillating secrets that’ll leave you with a wry smile or an arched brow.
Polesden Lacey: the place to be seen
At the beginning of the 20th century, Polesden Lacey was an Edwardian party house. From royals to writers, from world leaders to lords and ladies, the Edwardian glitterati flocked to Polesden Lacey to let their hair down, drink champagne and enjoy some top-class entertainment.
But while Mrs Greville remained a paragon of virtue and decency, certain guests were known to get up to no good.
Discover all of Polesden’s secrets and have a giggle at some disreputable drama at one of our summer of scandal events. Other than our trifle, all events are free though normal admission applies.
Pop-up scandal theatre
Saturdays throughout summer - 16 and 23 July and 6, 13, 20, 27 August
Who doesn’t enjoy a spot of drama, especially when it’s played out by a disreputable cast of gamblers, schemer, lovers and liars?
Head to the gardens where you’ll discover The Cat’s Grin Theatre Company performing scenes from ‘The School for Scandal’ by Sheridan as well as extracts from other saucy plays. This event is free but normal admission charges apply.
Living history presenters
House - Tuesday afternoons 2 - 4.30pm and Saturday mornings 11am - 2pm
Explore the house and meet our costumed curators. Each person is wearing a costume made in the authentic style of one of Mrs Greville’s high-profile guests. Each person is keeping a secret, but can you find out what it is?
Discover the personal histories of these fascinating characters and the scandals they were embroiled in.
'Mrs Greville: soul of discretion' talks
Tea room logia, Thursdays 1.45pm
Mrs Greville lived in exciting times. She was friends with some of the most influential and charismatic people of the era, many of whom visited Polesden Lacey as a retreat to relax and enjoy their leisure pursuits.
These short talks last 15 minutes and offer a fascinating insight into the gossip and intrigue that may have touched these guests' lives but never passed Maggie's lips.
Try our tipsy Sheridan trifle
To celebrate the life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan and to commemorate 200 years of his death, our chefs have whipped up a scrumptious tipsy trifle.
Just head to the Granary Cafe and sink a spoon through layers of cream and custard to reach it's jammy centre.
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